[Marxism] Riad Alarian responds to Max Blumenthal on FB

Michael Karadjis mkaradjis at gmail.com
Thu Oct 6 08:44:02 MDT 2016


David, I recommend you launch the idea on your special Syria facebook 
page, tag as many people as you can think of, then I'll do the same, and 
others the same, till we reach most of the activists around the world 
concerned with Syria, and have a solid brainstorm about what we can do.

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Yes. I totally support that idea. I think a bunch of the radical Arabs 
we
see on FB would go for this. To give such people a voice is 
revolutionary
work.

If people are willing, we might consider framing this as a "Save Aleppo"
effort or some such and attempt to, in addition to the above, make a
fundraising effort for the White Helmets that would allow us to approach
various artists (Musicians) and immeasurably broaden the appeal of the
event. Think of al all-day political meeting as suggested above followed 
by
a more public, widely advertised effort for a cultural event. Maybe we
could get that fantastic Arab hip-hop group I saw on one of the videos
--Idrees Amaad (?).

Within reason, I am willing to work more or less full-time on this for a
while.

I would really like to hear one or more of the most ferocious Syrians 
who
responded to Max Blumenthal yesterday tell him from a broad podium that 
his
name will not be uttered nor remembered.

I think the ISO will help. Conferences are almost the only thing they 
are
good for, but their politics on this are correct. Weird to me that the
Schachtmanites and the Hoxhaites are the tendencies that get this. We 
have
wings of both in Seattle, but nevermind.

Of course there will be tension between efforts to broaden and the 
desire
of some broader forces for a less pointed approach than our dagger to 
the
throat, so serious political acumen will have to be brought to bear to 
help
us beat back the politics of but keep in those broader forces. In other
words, coalition work. Some compromise is inevitable unless we wish to 
talk
to ourselves but we are seasoned organizers.

We will need money. Go Fund Me leaps to the mind. Sometimes initial
fundraising helps you know where to go next so a Go Fund Me would in 
itself
be an organizing effort.

Time is of the essence.

David
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