[Marxism] Fwd: On the marbling of al-Nusra and “moderate” Syrian rebels | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Jun 13 13:21:32 MDT 2016

One of the things I’ve noticed over the past five years of genocidal war 
against the Syrian people is the apparently well-orchestrated defense of 
the regime by elements of the “left” who are as disciplined in their way 
as members of the Communist Party when Stalin was running the show. 
Using websites such as Salon.com, Jacobin, CounterPunch, the London 
Review of Books and Consortium News, they can be relied upon to crank 
out basically the same article with the same embedded links reading in 
some ways like plagiarized versions of Syrian state media. It was most 
prominently displayed in September 2013 when it seemed like a chorus of 
a thousand voices spoke as one in defense of the idea that the Sarin gas 
attack was a “false flag” operation mounted by the rebels to give the 
USA the excuse it needed for “regime change”. To give you an idea of the 
massiveness of the propaganda campaign, Googling “Sarin gas” and “false 
flag” returns 58,800 results with CounterPunch, Iran’s PressTV and the 
LRB included in the first six.


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