[Marxism] debate with "left" Assad supporter

John Reimann 1999wildcat at gmail.com
Wed Mar 14 17:26:26 MDT 2018


*I had an online debate with a long time former friend and comrade about
Assad and Syria. Important enough as the issue of the disaster in Syria is,
there’s a deeper issue too: In following the simplistic conspiracist
theories like those of Michael Chussodovsky (quoted below), socialists and
others have completely lost their way; they have fallen into the same
methods of the Trump supporters – ignoring or outright denial of proven
fact, considering everything that’s inconvenient to be fake news, refusing
to consider the class forces at work. On this basis, a real working class
socialist movement will never be built.*

*Response to pro-Assad “left”*I’m in West Virginia right now and lack the
time and energy to respond point for point to D__s “history”, but I can’t
let it go unanswered. Yes, US imperialism had its conflicts with Assad,
although they also worked closely together as Assad’s Syria was a favorite
end point for Bush’s extraordinary rendition program.
D__ makes much of some supposed involvement of US imperialism in the Syrian
uprising and seems to be saying it was all a part of a US plot. When I was
in Egypt during the Arab Spring, I met some Egyptians who had connections
with the Republican (Party) Institute. Does that mean the Arab Spring in
Egypt was all part of a plot by the Republican Party? Ridiculous. Of course
US imperialism – like ALL imperialist powers – would try to find some
crevice where they could find a handhold, but that doesn’t mean they ran
the operation.
D__ gives quote after quote from Michael Chussodovsky. Chussodovsky  is a
super conspiracy theorist who never, ever considers the working class as an
actor on the stage of history. In this, he is just like the Arabists, who
are the strategists for US imperialism who specialize in studying the Arab
world. They, too, only see the different imperialist and sub-imperialist
powers.  D__ and other “lefts” mimic Chussodovsky and the Arabists in this.
They too in effect deny the role of the Syrian masses...."

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*“How can we expect righteousness to prevail when there is hardly anyone
willing to give himself up individually to a righteous cause? Such a fine
sunny day, and I have to go, but what does my death matter, if through us
thousands of people are awakened and stirred to action?” *Sophie Scholl,
executed by the Nazis 2/22/1943. She was 21 years old.
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