[Marxism] Question re pro Assad lefts

Carl G. Estabrook galliher at illinois.edu
Wed Mar 14 09:31:16 MDT 2018


I think all US troops (and weapons) should be withdrawn from Syria (and Iraq). Don’t you?

And the US should insist its 'NATO ally,’ Turkey, leave as well. 


> On Mar 14, 2018, at 10:21 AM, John Reimann <1999wildcat at gmail.com> wrote:
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> So, in other words, Carl Estabrook has no objection to US troops in Rojava. Nor, I take it, to the US bombing of Raqqa in preparation for the Kurdish forces to take over that area. Some "anti US imperialism"!
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> It leads to another question: Does he have any opposition to the US's role in Mosul?
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> John Reimann
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> On Wed, Mar 14, 2018 at 8:11 AM, Carl G. Estabrook <galliher at illinois.edu <mailto:galliher at illinois.edu>> wrote:
> I think PYD control of Rojava is legitimate, and the (Syrian) Kurds should be part of the general peace in Syria that the Russians have been trying to arrange - and that the US has been frustrating. Rojava has asked for Damascus troops to aid its battle against the Turks invading Afrin, thereby acknowledging its participation in the government of Syria.
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> Obama’s attack on Syria is comparable to Clinton’s attack on Serbia, another less than admirable regime where the US 'presence' was illegitimate. —CGE
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>> On Mar 14, 2018, at 9:36 AM, John Reimann <1999wildcat at gmail.com <mailto:1999wildcat at gmail.com>> wrote:
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>> I note that Carl skirts the question of whether he calls for the US to stop arming and aiding the Kurds (including having US troops in their territory.) That, after all, is the real main thrust of US involvement. But it also leads to another question: Does Karl consider the PYD control over Rojava to be legitimate? In that case, then their having invited in the US troops in makes the US presence "legitimate".
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>> Or take another example: The Mexican and Colombian governments have "invited" US forces in to spray huge swaths of land to get rid of poppy and marijuana crops. I suppose that makes their actions there "legitimate" too?
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>> This whole claim about "legitimace" or "legality" really shows how far the apologists for Assad & Putin have strayed from the most basic socialist ideals. Here you have a brutal, repressive regime, one that has been a stooge for the World Bank and whose economic policies could have been taken straight out of the pages of "The Shock Doctrine", one that survives by bombing and gassing its own population - never mind mass torture - and it asks for military help from another right wing regime. Since the laws of capitalist legality make that OK, then according to Estabrook and similar people, there's nothing to be argued with.
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>> John Reimann
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>> On Tue, Mar 13, 2018 at 12:05 PM, Carl G. Estabrook <galliher at illinois.edu <mailto:galliher at illinois.edu>> wrote:
>> US out of Syria would include ending US support - or indulgence - for its NATO ally, Turkey, who should also exit Syria.
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>> Russia - legitimately in Syria - seems to have placed limits on Turkish action in Syria.
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>> > On Mar 7, 2018, at 3:34 AM, John Reimann via Marxism <marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu <mailto:marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu>> wrote:
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>> > I was recently asked about supporting the slogan US out of Syria. (My response was yes if we include all imperialist forces, especially Russia and Iran, who are really the main actors there.) But I got to thinking: Since the US has intervened so decisively on the side of the Kurds, who are uncritically admired by these same lefts, what has been their position? Are they demanding that US troops leave Afrin and stop aiding the Kurds? Does anybody know? (I know they were silent about US military action in Raqqa.)
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