[Marxism] Fwd: The Witchfinders | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Nov 24 10:39:37 MST 2017

Jonathan Cook wrote an article for CounterPunch on Wednesday that 
connected Israel’s bombing of a non-existent nuclear plant in Syria 10 
years ago to the sarin gas incident in Khan Sheikhoun this year. By 
casting aspersions on the journalists and scholars who tried to clear 
Bashar al-Assad of having anything to do with Khan Sheikhoun, George 
Monbiot’s article exposed him in Cook’s eyes as “The left’s Witchfinder 
General” and just as culpable of promoting “regime change” as the lying 
neocons of yore.

Cook was reacting to Monbiot and “many others” that challenge the 
versions put forward by Seymour Hersh, Gareth Porter, and Theodor 
Postol. The first two blame the civilian deaths on the accidental 
bombing of fertilizer and/or pesticides that generated a toxic cloud 
with sarin gas-like symptoms, while Postol implicitly blames jihadists 
for mounting a false flag incident by setting off a sarin gas bomb when 
nobody was watching. Since Monbiot’s article credited me as a blogger 
who “patiently explored and demolished” Postol’s theories (his account 
went through several iterations), I have vested interest in this 
discussion as a fellow Witchfinder General (or at least a Corporal).

full: https://louisproyect.org/2017/11/24/the-witchfinders/

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