[Marxism] coddling "revolutionary socialist" Assadists

Brian Slocock tettodoro at yahoo.co.uk
Thu Mar 2 11:43:57 MST 2017

John Rees, of course, co-authored a book on the Arab Spring with Joseph 
Daher in 2011, which had a rather different line than his present one. En 
router to where they are  now Rees reported the following to the 
Counterfire Conference in 2015: 

The defeat of the Arab revolutions has meant that the majority of these 
non-state actors are reactionary in nature and often sponsored by imperial 
states or sub-imperial states. This is true of ISIS and the FSA, to the 
extent that its members have not defected to ISIS, in Syria; to the 
contending militias in Libya, to the Kiev government that came out of the 
Maidan movement, and to the Iraqi Kurdish leadership. It is not true 
however of various progressive resistance movements: Hamas, Hezbollah, the 
Kurdish struggle as a whole, especially the PKK in Turkey and its Syrian 

On Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 2:29:16 PM UTC, Andrew Pollack wrote:
> At the top of today's SW page is this speech by Paul Le Blanc to the 
> Counterfire conference marking the centennial of the Bolshevik Revolution.
> https://socialistworker.org/2017/03/01/take-power-into-the-hands-of-your-soviets
> I know when the conference was first announced I complained about the 
> participation of people who should know better, i.e. that Counterfire's 
> role as main ideological and organizational prop for the Assadist-appeasing 
> Stop the War should have told comrades to stay away.
> Wish I'd complained more loudly.

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