[Marxism] Fwd: Syrian Fascism and the Western Left | therawrreport.net

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue May 9 08:03:49 MDT 2017

The Western Leftist denialism of the Syrian revolution is Orientalism 
101; gullible Arabs and Muslims perpetually subjected to manipulation 
and whose political consciousness can only be activated by Leftist 
ideologues. Brown people are just the white man's proxies unless the 
irrelevant White Left says otherwise. It’s textbook narcissism. 
Counter-revolutionaries appeared on Russia's state propaganda channel 
early in 2011 to say that Russia was preventing an American takeover of 
Syria. What was actually happening was that the Assad regime was using 
Russian weapons and political support to murder, torture and rape those 
involved in a non-violent democratic uprising. Should we see a 
difference between Tariq Ali and your average neo-con telling Fox News 
that only American support is stopping an Iranian take-over of Israel? 
At least the average neo-con does not pretend to be a “revolutionary” or 
a '”radical.” Western Leftists have found it easier to sympathize with, 
say, Gaza than with Syria. What makes the victim important to an average 
American anti-imperialist? The criminal. Israel is seen as the worst 
monster on the block, no matter what the death toll actually dictates. 
The hypocrisy is astounding. Indeed, Assad, Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein, and 
all the Israeli leaders are/were mass murderers, but as long as American 
Leftists only condemn Israel and refuse to condemn anyone else they 
remain in the same position as their neo-con opponent; a racist who is 
terribly ignorant about the region. If you read those who dominate the 
liberal-left press you would believe that the Free Syria Army never 
existed, the Syrian people gassed themselves, Assad is a secularist and 
anti-imperialist, the revolution was a sectarian and foreign plot from 
the start, and that the West must ally with Assad to stop extremism. All 
of this has no basis in reality, unless you watch Iranian and Russian 
propaganda 24/7, and that’s exactly what the Palestine solidarity 
community has been doing.


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