[Marxism] UN Syria Commission clears YPG/J and SDF of ethnic cleansing charges

Marx Mail00 marxmail00 at gmail.com
Sat Mar 18 18:25:18 MDT 2017

> On Mar 18, 2017, at 8:14 PM, John Obrien via Marxism <marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:
> the jihadists in Syria - are not for tolerance but seek power and control - motivated not by progressive political views - but by reactionary religious views.

Quibbles about words like “progressive” and “reactionary” aside, this statement by Obrien is true *by definition* and therefore vacuous: the predicate ("seeking power and control"; "motivated by religious views") is implied by the choice of the subject of the sentence ("jihadists”).

The fact that Obrien believes the subject “jihadists” truthfully represents all those fighting Assad says everything one needs to know about his ignorance of, and bias regarding, the conflict in Syria.

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