[Marxism] Fwd: [pen-l] Fwd: Saudi Arabia, Syria and the smoking gun | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist
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From: Paddy Hackett <paraichackett at gmail.com>
Date: 17 October 2016 at 11:35:23 IST
To: Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com>
Subject: Re: [pen-l] Fwd: Saudi Arabia, Syria and the smoking gun | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist
Read with interest your piece on the Syrian conflict.
I do suspect there is something in what you say concerning the relationship between Saudi Arabia and ISIS. I often wondered about the apparent irony concerning the terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia by ISIS while the Saudis apparently provide it with arms.
But I do suspect that the West, itself, has been aiding terrorists or rebels in Syria. Neither do I support armed intervention by Russia. Generally none of the armed actors are serving the interests of the Syrian masses. They are operating in their own venal interests which has ultimately to with profit.
The support voiced by some Lefties for Russia and the Syrian regime reminds me of the role played by much of the Left during the 1st World War. At the end of the day the Russian Federation and the Syrian government are capitalist institutions.
It is rare to see to see articles like yours on the Syrian situation.
On 16 Oct 2016, at 23:48, Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com> wrote:
For those on the left who have taken up the cause of Bashar al-Assad’s survival, the chosen tactic is to make the rebels seem so awful that he becomes a “lesser evil” by comparison in the same way that Hillary Clinton is in the 2016 elections. And for that tactic to succeed, it is essential to play up the alleged Saudi and CIA connections to the Syrian rebels and downplay to the vanishing point any of the goals put forward by the overwhelmingly peaceful and democratic opposition of early 2011. Most of all, you have to search for that secret document that proves once and for all that the Syrian revolution was no revolution at all and merely a proxy bid by Washington and its Wahhabi allies to destroy a secular state that despite its authoritarian tendencies was far better than al-Qaeda or ISIS. Wikileaks becomes a primary resource for the search for a smoking gun, the latest instance of which is a 2014 Hillary Clinton email that was cited by both Ben Norton and Patrick Cockburn.
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