[Marxism] excellent statement on Syria

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Oct 31 21:05:06 MDT 2016

On 10/31/16 11:00 PM, Dennis Brasky via Marxism wrote:
> from a Facebook friend -
> Some basic statements from me about the tragedy and horror unfolding in
> Syria:
> 1. Ideological purity is out of place when discussing this.
> 2. The primary imperialist actor on the scene at present is Russia.
> 3. The Assad regime is not pro-Palestinian or even Arab nationalist. They
> are human rights abusers of the first order.
> 4. Anyone who is not living/has not lived under the terror of the Syrian
> state should not tell those who have how wrong/stupid/coopted they are for
> resisting a murderous regime."He who counts the blows of the tyrant's stick
> is not the same as he who eats them."
> 5. It's a failure of vision to assert that there are only 2 choices: the
> regime or ISIS.
> 6. Syrians have agency. If you deny that, you are part of this problem.
> 7. Being against the regime does not mean one is ipso facto an American
> imperialist.
> 8. There is more under heaven and earth than is dreamt of in your
> (outdated, narrow political) philosophies.
> 9. Children's deaths should upset you much more than political point
> scoring. If they don't, your soul is in peril.
> 10. The left has embarrassed and nauseated me once again.
> 11. I remain a leftist, in search of a new discourse.
> Thank you for your time and attention

This is actually a statement by Laurie King, a co-founder of Electronic 

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