[Marxism] Fwd: Turkey and ISIS: separating fact from fiction | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Dec 3 09:12:22 MST 2015

Showing his characteristic indifference to the facts, John Wight wrote 
on RT.com (where else?) that Columbia University professor David L. 
Phillips had revealed that the Turkish government had been “involved in 
helping ISIS with recruitment, training, and has provided it with 
intelligence and safe havens and sanctuary.”

However, if you go to the report, which was published on Huffington 
Post, under the title “Research Paper: ISIS-Turkey List”, you need to 
read the fine print, which either Wight did not do. It is just as 
possible, however, that he read it and decided to sweep it under the rug 
in order to turn the paper into some kind of smoking gun on Turkey 
serving as a partner of ISIS. The article, published with the imprimatur 
of Columbia University’s “Institute for the Study of Human Rights” 
clearly says that it is providing a list of allegations. Let me repeat 
that with emphasis. It is a list of allegations. Also, at the very end 
of the report, it says: Author’s Note: Information presented in this 
paper is offered without bias or endorsement. (Emphasis in the original.)


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