[Marxism] Fwd: On the Effort to Exonerate Team USA for the Rise of ISIS | Rogue Nation

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Jan 9 07:54:46 MST 2016

Former Jacobin contributor and Assadist tool David Mizner peeved at 
Jacobin for publishing one article out of ten thousand breaking with the 
"anti-imperialist" consensus. Salvage gets slimed as well:

Both Jacobin and Salvage claim that Assad’s releasing jihadists in from 
prison in 2011 contributed mightily to the rise of ISIS. Salvage, the 
magazine founded by Richard Seymour and his comrades, says Syria’s 
ex-prisoners are one of the three primary forces within IS, along with 
Iraqi Baathists and foreign fighters. It didn’t deign to provide any 
evidence, so I went looking for some.

This post by Kyle Orton says that, “In May and June 2011, the regime 
turned loose from its prisons violent jihadists.” But he links to two 
articles covering the Syrian’s government granting of general amnesty, 
which the press depicted at the time as an attempt to placate the 
opposition. The opposition itself received it as such. “Too little too 
late,” said one member of the opposition.

Nonetheless, Orton goes on to say that in 2011 the Syrian government 
released future jihadist leaders Abu Musab, Hassan Abboud, Zahran 
Alloush, and Ahmed Abu Issa. I suppose I’ll take his word for it, but 
these bad men didn’t join ISIS. They joined Al Qaeda, Ahrar al-Sham, 
Jaysh al-Sham, and Suquor a-Sham, respectively. These groups are indeed 
brutal and reactionary—and they are proxy forces of US client states 
trying to overthrow the Syrian government.


Mizner is hardly worth a response since he is so intellectually 
challenged but you'd think he'd be at least informed sufficiently to 
understand that ISIS did not exist in 2011 so nobody could have possibly 
joined it. It was formed in 2013, two years later. What a fucking dummy.

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