[Marxism] Fwd: We Like Our Syrians Dead: The British Left and David Cameron | AnotherCountry

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Nov 30 07:16:04 MST 2015

Of the few supposedly cogent arguments that groups like StW coalition 
have left, is the idea that Syria is just a mess. Full of warring sides 
each in hoc to some imperialist power or another. The fact that groups 
like the Free Syrian Army or the Local Coordination Committees have 
accepted some funds from an America or Qatar is supposed to mean that 
they are now the “proxies” of these countries; that they are brown 
bodies with no agency of their own.

But this is utter rubbish. It always has been. During the Iranian 
revolution no lesser thorn in America’s side than Ayatollah Khomeini was 
in constant contact with the American embassy through Prime Minister 
Bazargan. Indeed at one point in the Iran and Iraq war, a war that lined 
up Iran against, more or less, the rest of the world, the Iranian regime 
received a one off payment of aid from Israel, separate to the 
Iran-Contra affair. Now, no one would say that either of these make the 
Islamic Republic a “client” or a “proxy” of the West, would they?


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