[Marxism] Fwd: Responding to Bassam Haddad’s False Binary on Syria

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Nov 7 16:29:10 MST 2016

In presenting this argument, Haddad apparently believes he has 
formulated a “neutral” account of the debate over Syria, which impels a 
“moderate solution” to the conflict. He offers this “moderate solution” 
in a way that, he thinks, could not but be embraced by all reasonable 
people. In fact, as Haddad implicitly threatens, a rejection of his 
proposed solution would only further entrench rigidly “maximalist” 
positions, which would ultimately aggravate the current impasse.

In truth, however, Haddad’s account is neither neutral nor “moderate.” 
Instead, his entire essay subtly sides with one narrative against 
another. Although he claims to be an objective moderator (indeed, he 
suggests his conclusions reflect those of the “majority of Syrians”), 
Haddad’s presentation reframes and polishes parts of the “external 
conspiracy” argument in a way that inevitably indicts the revolutionary 

full: http://muftah.org/responding-bassam-haddads-false-binary-syria/

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