[Marxism] Fwd: The story of a teacher evicted from Raqqa illustrates so much about the conflict in Syria | Voices | The Independent
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Tue Feb 23 06:59:37 MST 2016
(These are the lead paragraphs in a Robert Fisk article in the
Independent that pretty much epitomize the pro-Assad reporting that we
have learned to expect from people like him. I direct your attention to
the final paragraph, which ends "Some said they rode in aboard Turkish
tanks." A preposterous notion that allows a confronted Fisk to simply
say that he is just reporting what someone said. The "some said" allows
him to say just about anything, including that it was the Turkish
military spearheading the assault. Or maybe it was Martians. His brand
of "journalism" is not fact based. It is a highly skillful form of
propaganda that is developed over years and years writing for the
bourgeois press. People like Fisk, Seymour Hersh, Patrick L. Smith--the
turd who writes for Salon, Patrick Cockburn, his brother Andrew, Robert
Parry are all highly regarded "investigative journalists" yet their
reporting has been deeply flawed over Syria. Shame on them.)
A few days ago, on a hilltop above the Mediterranean city of Latakia,
with the sun going down and the whisper of jets – Russian jets, of
course – high in the sky, Samah Ismael told the story of her eviction
from Raqqa. It is one small tragedy in a million – but it seemed to
This was long before Isis existed, when the Nusra Front – which
represented al-Qaeda in those days – was growing in power and when the
people living in the little town of al-Sabha on the banks of the
Euphrates thought that even then, in 2013, the war which had consumed
much of Syria might not touch them. Samah was a 39-year-old government
teacher at the Ahmad al-Azawi school and had been happy taking her
English classes with 17 and 18 year-olds. Education is free in Syria.
Samah, I should add, is an Alawite, the Shia minority from which Bashar
al-Assad comes, although it does not dominate the teaching profession in
Syria. She had been living just outside Raqqa for four-and-a-half years.
But in March of 2013, she had stayed in the city until 10 at night and
noticed that all the government buildings appeared to be empty. There
were no police in the streets, no lights in the police station.
Then three days later, just as she was leaving her school after evening
class, another teacher, a friend called Ahmad, told her that 8,000 men
had come to Raqqa from the east, dressed in black uniforms with guns.
Some said they rode in aboard Turkish tanks.
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