[Marxism] Northern Syria: Massive ethnic cleansing, humanitarian catastrophe, foreign intervention and betrayal

mkaradjis . mkaradjis at gmail.com
Mon Jan 22 20:17:48 MST 2018

And to clarify further on that, that is also the reason I resisted putting
Afrin in the title. I condemn the Turkish attack on Afrin and the
collaboration of some rebel brigades in it. However my point was that there
is a lot more going on in northern Syria,  right in the vicinity of Afrin,
 right now, at levels FAR more catastrophic than what is happening to Afrin
(so far,  at least). I will leave it to you and others to explain why it is
ONLY when the Kurds and/ YPG comes under attack that voices are raised,
 this does not only concern GLW, and not only the entire Rojavasphere,  but
also people like Chomsky who releases a declaratoon "don't let Afrin become
another Kobane",  yes some if my article was a direct reference to such
extraordinarily blatant selective solidarity,  especially as most of those
people (with some noble exceptions) have never said a word about the
ongoing massacres between Kobane 2014 and Afrin 2018. I will leave to you
to explain how GLW  managed to not utter a single word for the entire 2016
about the year-long massacre of Aleppo;  every time the situation got even
more horrific than usual,  GLW would usefully oblige by publishing ... yet
another article about utopia in Rojava,  blissfully undisturbed by what was
going on all around them. I won't bother asking what you thought of the
role of the YPG in Assad"s final capture of Aleppo when they cut the
strategic Castello Rd. Now Nick is not happy  that, despite my CONDEMNATION
of the rebels for taking part in Turkey's attack in Afrin,  I  nevertheless
criticise the YPG, yet somehow Nick manages to forget that 2 years ago,
 when it was the YPG doing the conquering of Arab towns in northern Aleppo
from the rebels in coordination with the bloody Russian airforce,  you and
others never condemned these crimes, you supported them! As I said, the
lessons about solidarity are frankly hilarious.

On 23/01/2018 11:26 AM, "mkaradjis ." <mkaradjis at gmail.com> wrote:

> Nick I'll pass for now on "the most progressive force in the Middle East
> "etc, just to note that you're so Rojava-centric that you assume the
> massive ethnic cleansing is about the YPG's uprooting of some Arab
> comminities a few years ago. Read the article Nick. It was referring to the
> expulsion of 200,000 people from their homes in Idlib by Assad/Russia RIGHT
> NOW,  a fsr more massive catastrophe than what is befalking Afrin,  yet one
> that GLW couldn't give a toss about,  so spare me your lessons about
> solidarity comrade.
> On 23/01/2018 10:18 AM, "Louis Proyect via Marxism" <
> marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:
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>> On 1/22/18 2:38 PM, Nick Fredman via Marxism wrote:
>>> And apparently by you. The most progressive force in the Middle East is
>>> under existential threat and the solidarity you got is “whatever, they
>>> had
>>> it coming”. That’s peace and out from me.
>> Maybe it was a mistake for Green Left to publish an article that accused
>> the FSA of being led by warlords and bandits at a time when Assad was
>> trying to annihilate it. That does not encourage the kind of solidarity you
>> are expecting now.
>> 13 years ago I wrote an article about the Kurds that alluded to some
>> deeply engrained weaknesses of a movement whose overall goal is laudable:
>> The most striking example of Kurdish fecklessness, however, occurred in
>> the 1960s and '70s when they aligned themselves with Zionism, the Shah of
>> Iran, and US imperialism against Arab nationalism in general and Iraq
>> particularly.
>> Jonathan C. Randal, a veteran Washington Post reporter strongly committed
>> to the Kurdish struggle, quotes a Mossad veteran: "Put a Kurd atop a
>> mountain with a rifle, pita bread, and onions and he'll stop a whole column
>> of troops for you." (6) The support that Kurdish fighters received from
>> Israel paled in comparison from that originating from Tehran. Using bases
>> in Iran, Barzani's fighters launched bloody attacks on northern Iraqi
>> cities.
>> But ultimately it was the United States that played the Kurdish card.
>> During the course of Pike Committee investigations into covert spying, it
>> was revealed that the Kurds received funding and logistical support from
>> the CIA between 1972 and 1975. Notwithstanding Barzani's foolish illusions
>> in the United States, a 1974 CIA memo revealed his benefactor's true
>> intentions: "Iran, like ourselves, has seen benefit in a stalemate
>> situation, in which Iraq is intrinsically weakened by the Kurds' refusal to
>> relinquish semi-autonomy. Neither Iran nor ourselves wish to see the matter
>> resolved one way or the other." (7)
>> Unfortunately, the Kurds failed to anticipate the Shah's openness to
>> diplomatic maneuvers that would leave them out in the cold. In 1976 the
>> Shah and Saddam Hussein cut a deal in Algiers that would throw the Kurds to
>> the wolves. The March 15, 1975 Economist reported:
>>         Within 24 hours of the Algiers ceremonies, Iraqi tanks and
>> infantry launched an offensive from the west that soon had the Kurds in
>> retreat from the strategic mountain barriers beyond Rawandiz that they have
>> held since the early autumn in the face of successive Iraqi attacks. By the
>> time the ceasefire came into effect on Thursday the Iraqis commanded the
>> Kurds' main supply route, and Choman itself, the official Kurdish
>> headquarters, was exposed to direct artillery fire by the fall of Mount
>> Zuzak. Iraqi troops had also made substantial gains in thrusts into
>> Kurdistan from the south and the north. The explanation of their sudden
>> success is that, on the morning when the Iraqis began their offensive, the
>> Iranians pulled out their heavy artillery and anti-tank weapons. They also
>> closed the border to all fresh supplies of ammunition to the Kurds, who
>> were running badly short by midweek.
>> full: http://www.swans.com/library/art10/iraq/proyect.html
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