[Marxism] Fwd: "The Assad Regime is a Moral Disgrace": Noam Chomsky on Ongoing Syrian War | Democracy Now!

David McDonald davidbyrnemcdonaldiii at gmail.com
Thu Apr 6 07:36:04 MDT 2017

Louis says Chomsky must have awakened. Nick Fredman says Chomsky is saying
more or less what he's said before.

I don't think Chomsky has awakened; I think he had to pee in the middle of
the night and stumbled to the bathroom and while there had a little twingy
thought about being on the wrong side and then went back to his coma.

You will note that Chomsky still gives the Syrian people no agency. He's
sorry they're dying so horribly but has no thought about what they might do
about that.

He casts a glance back restlessly to 2012, when, he says, there was a
chance to negotiate an end to the regime based on a Russian proposal but it
fell apart because no one in the West would go along with it, not the US,
not the Brits, not the French. But he doesn't say why.

Why is because the entire West fears the revolution more than it fears
Assad; because there is no, and has been no, straightforward way to rid
Syria of Assad without unleashing the forces of the revolution.

Now a lot of people think this is bullshit, that if there ever was a
revolution it has long since disappeared. But look at what happens when the
regime allows a cease-fire: people take to the streets in numbers and
demand the end of the regime.

This is a book closed with seven seals to Chomsky. Everybody's a jihadi to
him. Are we to be thankful that Chomsky, like Trump, thinks that Assad is
terrible? Frankly this is exactly the same sort of moralism devoid of any
politics that Chomsky has been serving up for 50 years.

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