[Marxism] David Graeber: manufactured ignorance: the strange case of Juan Cole and the Kurdish freedom movement

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Mar 2 16:02:18 MST 2018

On 3/2/18 4:27 PM, Chris Slee via Marxism wrote:
> When Salih Muslim talks of the "regime change project", he is not referring to the original uprising against Assad, but the attempt to use that uprising to instal a new government backed by Turkey and the West.  He makes the point that such a government was likely to be repressive towards the Kurds.

I have no idea why you and Nick can't simply come out and say that this 
guy keeps coming out with outrageous statements. You remind me of of 
Sarah Sanders trying to explain Donald Trump.

In 2016, Sputnik ran an article titled "Russian Campaign Saved Syria 
 From 'Becoming Part of New Ottoman Empire'":

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia's aerial campaign in Syria has reinforced 
Moscow's positions among other countries and contributed to the 
multipolarity in the world, Syria's Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) 
co-chairman Saleh Muslim told Sputnik.

"The Russian campaign in Syria has strengthened country's positions in 
the world affairs. I believe, this was the end of the unipolar world. We 
can talk about multipolar world now," Muslim said.

He added that Moscow's aerial campaign had also changed Washington's 
perception of terrorists, pushing the United States to change its stance 
with regard to several militant groups in the region.

According to the PYD co-chairman, Russia's support of Syria prevented 
the Middle Eastern nation "from being cut into pieces and becoming a 
part of a new Ottoman Empire."


This is just fucking outrageous. Russia was bombing hospitals, apartment 
buildings and helping to starve East Aleppo into submission in 2016. 
This guy has crappy politics. He is as slimy as the Socialist Equality 
Party or Moon of Alabama.

I am for woman's emancipation and even utopian experiments. But this 
kind of shit makes me wonder how the PYD leadership can get a free pass 
from Graeber and the Greenleft. I guess beauty is in the eye of the 

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