[Marxism] Helsinki: Was it "excellent"? Should we care?

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Jul 20 15:49:04 MDT 2018

On 7/20/18 5:23 PM, John Reimann via Marxism wrote:
> To answer that, we should consider the Helsinki press conference and the
> meeting of Putin-Trump itself.

This doesn't really apply to Marxmail that is largely focused on class 
rather than geopolitical chess games but I finally got sick of people on 
FB lambasting the Democratic Party's exploitation of all this 
Trump-Putin crapola. So I wrote this:

Frankly, I don't care if Russia helped Trump get elected or not. As 
someone who spent 5 years trying to support Sandinista Nicaragua in the 
1980s to early 90s, I can write a book about all the ways in which the 
State Department, the NED, the CIA and people like General Singlaub 
helped overthrow the government through a combination of terror and 
disinformation through La Prensa.

That being said, I do wonder whether some of you denouncing (rightfully) 
the Democratic Party's hysteria over this business had so little to say 
for the past 7 years about the vast network of Assadist propagandists 
who took their marching orders from RT.com, starting with people like 
Max Blumenthal who used his credibility based on Palestinian solidarity 
to write shit that made Syrian and Russian terror bombing of hospitals 
acceptable to large swaths of the left.

It wasn't only jackasses like Blumenthal. You had fucking thousands of 
people on Twitter who every time a chemical attack took place would 
circulate the drivel written by Seymour Hersh, Robert Fisk and Theodore 
Postol. All these fucking Twitter accounts belonged to people with fake 
names like RedAvenger and featured pictures of Assad, Stalin and Mao Zedong.

Plus, a thousand and one websites like Moon of Alabama, The Saker, 21st 
Century Wire, UNZ Review, Consortium News, DissidentVoice, Off-Guardian, 
and Information Clearing House that one day after a chemical attack 
would all reproduce the talking points of Assad and the Kremlin.

How is it that none of this seems to have gotten under your skin? Maybe 
because you agree with Max Blumenthal that the White Helmets are 
al-Qaeda and that we need to bomb the shit out of the slums they are 
serving before they come over here and force Sharia law on hipster Brooklyn?

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