[Marxism] Fwd: Forsaking the Syrian Revolution: An Anti-Imperialist Handbook
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Thu Dec 22 19:01:50 MST 2016
Having said that, Metropolitan anti-imperialism, when it comes to Syria,
is uncannily haunted by imperial arguments, logics and sensibilities.
Both groups cannot imagine political practice that is not bound to, and
defined by its relation, to Empire. They both draw from the same
Islamophobic pool of concepts, making distinctions between Good Muslims
and Bad Muslims. They are both convinced that they know better than the
people on the ground, especially if they contest their
imperial/anti-imperial politics. They both practice a politics drenched
with moralism; possessed by a crusading spirit that seeks to eradicate
evil in the world (America is the eradicator of all Evil/America is the
source of all Evil). At the level of sensibilities, they are both
endowed with a self-complacency and self-assuredness of being on the
right side of History.
Assad, recently, declared that Donald Trump could be a “natural ally”.
Those Leftists who foreclose the possibility of solidarity with the
Syrian struggle for emancipation by excising the revolutionaries from
the domain of the political by dubbing all of them ‘Jihadis’ and
‘sectarian’ may well draw from the same conceptual pool of those
proposing a ‘Muslim registry’ in the Metropole.
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