World Silence Is Killing #Syria Rally: Report + Video

by Louis Proyect, Unrepentant Marxist on September 7, 2012

This is one of the t-shirts they were selling in Washington, D.C. on September 2 to raise money for the cause. It is an Occupy Wall Street/Guy Fawkes mask superimposed on a Syrian flag. (The t-shirts can be purchased here). It was a welcome reminder that the Arab Spring and the Occupy Movement are very much a reflection of the demand for democracy and social justice in both the Arab world and in the West.

Syria-OWS flyer.

When Egyptian activist Asmaa Mahfouz visited the U.S., she told Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman why she came down to Zuccotti Park to offer solidarity with the protesters:

The U.S. were sending every day for Mubarak regime, and now the SCAF [Supreme Council of the Armed Forces]. While they giving money and power and support to Mubarak regime, our people, Egyptian people, can success against all of this, against the U.S. power. So, the power to the people, not for the U.S. bullets or bombs or money or anything. The power to the people. So that I am here to be in solidarity and support the Wall Street Occupy protesters, to say them, “the power to the people,” and to keep it on and on, and they will success in the end.

The slogan “power to the people,” of course, comes from the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense of the 1960s just as the slogan “revolution is the only solution” heard on the Syria protest in Washington, D.C. on September 2 also comes from the left. The young people who have put their bodies on the line in Syria, whether through peaceful protest or by going up against al-Assad’s military with nothing but an automatic rifle, are fighting for a just cause that everybody on the left should support whether or not they understand it or not.

In 1848, Karl Marx and Frederick Engels took part in a democratic revolution sweeping Germany and the rest of Europe even though “socialist” demands were not being raised by the masses. They understood that without democratic rights, working people could not put forward their own class-based demands with maximum effectiveness.

The pre-revolutionary Syrian and Libyan governments were hostile to union rights even if their dictators mouthed “socialist” rhetoric. Without the right to publish a newspaper, to gather peacefully in public, to hand out leaflets, to set up a picket line, it is impossible to push for full social emancipation. That is why the social democracy in Russia fought against Tsarism and that is why the best and the brightest in the Arab world are fighting for democracy.

Today, I was dismayed to learn that Venezuela has been sending oil to Syria. The al-Assad dictatorship has the blood of 25,000 of its own citizens on its hands. If the country were the same size as the U.S., this figure would be 300,000. Can you imagine what it would be like if that number of people died in a little over a year? This is one of the most bloodthirsty regimes in recent history, going back to Pinochet in Chile.

Understanding the Syrian revolution as one of the deepest movements for human freedom in this period of human history is a challenge for the left. I offer the video below as a way of seeing the humanity that is fighting for a better world without bias. There is so much confusion on the part of the left about who to support in Syria that it would practically take a miracle to get some of the pro-Assad left to change its mind. Indeed, there is some question whether the term “left” applies at all.

If you are sitting on the fence, I hope that these sounds and images will help you get off the fence and on the side of freedom.

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admin September 7, 2012 at 1:28 pm

The unreadable blocs of text in the above video:

Omar Offendum:

Omar Offendum has had a diverse group of artists who have inspired his work which contributes to his diversity. Hip hop groups such as Public Enemy and even reggae artists like Bob Marley have inspired him in one way or another. American artists were not his only inspirations; he has several Arabic classical musicians such as Abdel Halim Ali Shabana, Oum Kalthoum and Fairouz. He is also inspired by poets such as Langston Hughes an American poet and a key individual that influenced some of his songs on the SyrianamericanA album was Nizar Qabbani, a Syrian poet.

Omar Offendum’s song #Jan25 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCbpiOpLwFg), inspired by the Arab Spring uprisings in Egypt, became popular in 2011. It went viral via the internet, which Offendum sees as a key factor in the spread of international hip-hop. It was released in February 2011, shortly before the resignation of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.

Omar Offendum has often collaborated with Yassin Alsalman also known as The Narcicyst and Shadia Mansour, “the first lady of Arabic hip hop.

From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omar_Offendum

Hatem Bazian:

At San Francisco State University in the late 1980s, Bazian became the first Palestinian to be elected president of SFSU Associated Students and the Student Union Governing Board. He was the first student to win a second term as president in the history of SFSU. The election came as a result of a united front formed under the Progressive Coalition that brought together all the students of color organizations on a common platform and a joint political strategy.

At the national conference United States Student Association (USSA) held at UC Berkeley in 1988, Bazian co-lead a major walk-out that culminated in the organization adopting a progressive board of directors structure granting by a 2/3 vote at least 50% of the Seats to Students of Color.

Bazian was elected as a Chair of the National People of Color Student Coalition (NPCSC) and an executive board member of the USSA. In both, he took the lead on affirmative action, access to education, anti-apartheid efforts on college campuses, and the Central American Solidarity Movement. He authored resolutions, which were adopted by the USSA national conference in 1991 calling for cutting US aid to Israel and imposing sanctions for its sales of military equipment to apartheid South Africa.

From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatem_Bazian

Zahid Shakir:

Born in Berkeley, California, he accepted Islam in 1977 while serving in the United States Air Force. He obtained a BA with honors in International Relations at American University in Washington D.C. and later earned his MA in Political Science at Rutgers University. While at Rutgers, he led a successful campaign for divestment from South Africa, and co-founded New Brunswick Islamic Center formerly Masjid al-Huda.

After a year of studying Arabic in Cairo, Egypt, he settled in New Haven, Connecticut and continued his community activism, co-founding Masjid Al-Islam, the Tri-State Muslim Education Initiative, and the Connecticut Muslim Coordinating Committee. As Imam of Masjid Al-Islam from 1988 to 1994 he spear-headed a community renewal and grassroots anti-drug effort, and also taught political science and Arabic at Southern Connecticut State University. He served as an interfaith council Chaplain at Yale Universityand developed the Chaplaincy Sensitivity Training for physicians at Yale New Haven Hospital. He then left for Syria to pursue his studies in the traditional Islamic sciences.

From http://www.newislamicdirections.com

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf:

Imam Hamza Yusuf, who runs an Islamic institute in California, is fast becoming a world figure as Islam’s most able theological critic of the suicide hijacking. This afternoon he will address British religious leaders at the House of Lords on the subject.

His speech will upset many Muslim radicals here. A charismatic and popular speaker, Yusuf openly declares his belief that Islam is in a mess. He wants Muslims to return to their “true faith”, stripped of violence, intolerance and hatred. Nor does he pay much deference to the states in which many Muslims live. When we meet, he declares: “Many people in the west do not realise how oppressive some Muslim states are – both for men and for women. This is a cultural issue, not an Islamic one. I would rather live as a Muslim in the west than in most of the Muslim countries, because I think the way Muslims are allowed to live in the west is closer to the Muslim way. A lot of Muslim immigrants feel the same way, which is why they are here.”

His rise to prominence is even more extraordinary given his unusual background. Hamza Yusuf, 42, started life as Mark Hanson, son of two US academics, only converting at 17. Thirty years ago, he seemed destined not for Islamic scholarship, but for the Greek Orthodox priesthood. Then, a near-death experience in a car accident and reading the Koran diverted him towards Mecca.

From: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2001/oct/08/religion.uk

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Arthur September 7, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Excellent post, especially the video!

I gather many of the protest chants were direct translations of Arabic chanting I have seen in Syrian videos. It was interesting to learn what they were actually saying.

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Diana Barahona September 7, 2012 at 1:58 pm

So now the assignment given by the U.S. government to the “leftists” supporting the overthrow of the Syrian government is clear–deny that it is a dirty, foreign-backed, sectarian war of terror against the Syrian people and link it ideologically with the “Arab Spring” and OWS. Clever. Here is a block of text, not written by me but copied and pasted from Voltaire, of a Russia Today interview with William Engdahl on France’s proxy role on behalf of the Obama administration. It would not be necessary for France to play the hitman if it were, indeed, a popular rebellion, but it is not. The Syrian people are increasingly opposed to the foreign jijadists terrorizing and murderering them in the name of … what? By the way, those thousands of Syrians have died at the hands of the FSA terrorist campaign, and the terrorists have uploaded videos of them beheading people for not supporting them or for being in members of the wrong sect. Real journalistic reports (on Flashpoints and Counterspin, just to give two examples) show beyond a doubt that the Syrian army has been exceedingly careful to protect civilians while they root out terrorists who are cynically using people as human shields by hiding in urban neighborhoods.

William Engdahl: I think France is being a very dishonest peace broker in this whole process. And I think they are acting as the cat’s paw, if you will, for the US State Department and Pentagon until after the US elections. Obama does not want to get involved in what will be an extremely messy conflict directly in Syria until after the US voter is over. I think France is playing this hitman role and the idea of giving heavy artillery to these so called buffer zones is the most cynical thing imaginable. It is going to create civil war; it is going to create bloodshed – anything, but peace. So, this is one of the most dangerous moves of the whole Syria engagement by NATO in the last 18 months.

RT: Will direct French assistance be enough to tip the scales of the Syrian conflict?

WE: Well, I think if you look at what the Muslim Brotherhood is being reported doing since they took the presidency in Egypt, you will see that the Syrian opposition is dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, the same organization, and their long-term agenda is introducing an al-Qaeda or Taliban-like fanatical Islamic Sharia law in Syria and ending the tolerance of different religions which has been the trademark of Syrian life for decades under the al-Assad family.

In general there are reports from journalists inside Syria over the last few months of the so-called opposition, in many cases they are al-Qaeda or Mujahidin that have been brought in from Saudi Arabia or elsewhere providing weapons, that they have beheaded civilians and blamed the atrocity on the Assad government.

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Pham Binh of Occupy Wall Street, Class War Camp September 7, 2012 at 2:10 pm

“Real journalistic reports (on Flashpoints and Counterspin, just to give two examples) show beyond a doubt that the Syrian army has been exceedingly careful to protect civilians while they root out terrorists who are cynically using people as human shields by hiding in urban neighborhoods.”

Yes, the Israelis say the same thing about their operations in the West Bank and Gaza and the Americans made the same claim in Viet Nam.

In other news, your hero Ghadafi turns out to be an even bigger collaborator with the CIA and Bush than it appeared at first glance: http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/09/05/us-torture-and-rendition-gaddafi-s-libya

I can’t wait to see you posting links about the NYPD’s wonderful restraint in the face of evil, violent OWS protestors when we blockade the Financial District on September 17.

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muie lui proyect, pham binh si asa mai departe September 11, 2012 at 1:30 am

Syria’s “eerie parallel to Afghanistan” and the pro-imperialist pseudo-left
By Johannes Stern
10 September 2012

Last week, the Washington Post published a commentary by columnist David Ignatius entitled “Syria’s Eerie Parallel to 1980s Afghanistan.” In the column, Ignatius, a well-informed bourgeois journalist with contacts in the upper echelons of the state, draws a revealing parallel between the CIA operation in Afghanistan in the 1980s to oust the pro-Soviet regime and current developments in Syria.

Ignatius openly discusses US imperialism’s strategy to bring down the regime of Bashar al-Assad and install a pro-American government in Syria. He speaks from the class standpoint of the American bourgeoisie, seeking to offer advice to the Obama administration. He describes the US operation in Syria and addresses some of the problems the White House confronts in fashioning its imperialist policy.

Ignatius writes: “The United States and its allies are moving in Syria toward a program of covert support for the rebels that, for better or worse, looks very much like what America and its friends did in Afghanistan in the 1980s.

“The parallels are spooky. In Syria, as in Afghanistan, CIA officers are operating at the borders (in this case, mostly in Jordan and Turkey), helping Sunni insurgents improve their command and control and engaging in other activities. Weapons are coming from third parties (in Afghanistan, they came mostly from China and Egypt; in Syria, they’re mainly bought on the black market). And finally, a major financier for both insurgencies has been Saudi Arabia.

“There’s even a colorful figure who links the two campaigns: Prince Bandar bin Sultan, who as Saudi ambassador to Washington in the 1980s worked to finance and support the CIA in Afghanistan and who now, as chief of Saudi intelligence, is encouraging operations in Syria.”

Ignatius’ comment substantiates the World Socialist Web Site’s analysis that Washington and its allies in the Gulf are arming and financing proxies inside Syria, including Al Qaeda, to fight the Assad regime as part of its strategy to subjugate the entire Middle East.

The “eerie parallel” between Syria and Afghanistan that Ignatius is identifying indicates the magnitude of the crime US imperialism is preparing in Syria. The three-decade-long rape of Afghanistan by US imperialism ranks, together with the wars against Korea, Vietnam and Iraq, among the greatest crimes of the past century.

The parallels between Afghanistan and Syria are indeed staggering. In Afghanistan, US imperialism used terrorist forces and inflamed tribal and sectarian divisions first to destabilize and then to attack and occupy a country critical to the economic and strategic interests of US imperialism.

The destruction of Afghan society by US imperialism began in 1979, when the Carter administration launched a covert CIA operation to arm and finance Islamist mujahedeen to fight a Soviet-backed government that had come to power in 1978. The aim of the operation was to provoke a Soviet intervention and draw the USSR into a bloody quagmire in Afghanistan, while expanding US influence in the strategically vital and energy-rich region of Central Asia.

As in Syria today, the US and its allies armed and financed the most reactionary Islamist forces, including the network of Osama bin Laden, to destabilize Afghanistan. Then, as now, Washington promoted its terrorist proxies as “freedom fighters,” even as they plunged Afghanistan into a terrible war that cost the lives of up to two million people and made millions more refugees.

After the Soviet Union withdrew its last forces from Afghanistan in 1989, the US stepped up its criminal campaign in the country. In the mid-1990s, the US and its Pakistani and Saudi allies backed an Islamist regime led by the Taliban. After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, however, the US opted for a direct military intervention and occupation of Afghanistan to secure its interests in Central Asia.

The attack was fraudulently carried out under the banner of a “war on terror” against the same Islamist forces Washington had previously financed and armed, and upon which the US is once again relying in Syria.

Ignatius writes: “What’s scary about Syria is that al-Qaeda is already fighting there, in the hundreds. Cells in Mosul and other parts of northern Iraq are sending fighters across the Syria-Iraq border, with the jihadist pipeline now operating in reverse.”

As in Afghanistan, Washington regards the terrorist forces as tactical allies only as long as they serve its interests. Ignatius cynically writes, “The rebels fighting Assad deserve limited US support, just as the anti-Soviet mujahedeen did.” He then warns the Obama administration, “But be careful: This way lies chaos and extremism that can take a generation to undo if the United States and its allies aren’t prudent.”

Reflecting the depths of the criminality of US policy, Ignatius suggests that the US repeat in Syria the strategy it pursued in occupied Iraq, containing Islamist terrorist forces by inflaming tribal tensions.

He writes that the “United States should subtly play the tribal card, which may be as crucial in Syria as it was in Iraq.” He continues: “The leaders of many Syrian tribes have sworn a blood oath of vengeance against Assad, and their power is one reason the engine of this insurgency is rural, conservative and Sunni. But Iraq showed that the tribal leaders can be the best bulwark against the growth of al-Qaeda and other extremists.”

Ignatius’ comment tears to pieces the claims advanced by the various pseudo-left tendencies—such as the American International Socialist Organization (ISO), the British Socialist Workers Party (SWP), the French New Anti-capitalist Party (NPA), the Australian Socialist Alternative, the Egyptian Revolutionary Socialists and the Syrian Revolutionary Left—that the events in Syria are a “popular” or “social revolution.”

In order to justify this claim, the pseudo-left groups have either to cover up the CIA operation taking place in Syria or openly embrace it.

There are those like Alex Callinicos, the leader of the SWP, and the ISO’s Richard Seymour who simply deny that imperialism plays any role in Syria. In a comment published July 28, Callinicos declares, “there is no evidence” that “Syria is being ‘recolonized’” and that it is a “Western priority to remove the Assad regime.”

In one of the ISO’s most recent articles on Syria, Richard Seymour writes (August 13) that “the main popular forces in the Syrian opposition are neither pawns nor proxies, nor are they under the domination of pawns and proxies. The armed contingent is too diverse, too localized and too disarticulated to be a proxy army, or simply a force of reaction as some claim.”

Others, like Corey Oakley of the Socialist Alternative, admit that an imperialist operation is taking place in Syria. In an article “The left, Imperialism and the Syrian Revolution,” first published on August 16 and subsequently translated into Arabic and published by the Syrian Revolutionary Left on August 22, Oakley declares that “only a fool would deny that the imperialist powers are intervening in Syria, or that there are deeply reactionary elements present among the rebel forces.”

He then makes clear that he is nevertheless willing to support the operation. Oakley asks if it is “wrong for the Syrian revolutionaries to demand, and where possible accept, weapons from imperialists, the imperialists’ allies or anyone else?” He provides a definitive answer: “Of course not.”

Pham Binh, an activist of the Occupy Wall Street Class War Camp, is even more open in summing up the essentially pro-imperialist position advanced by all the pseudo-left groups. In an article “Libya and Syria: When Anti-Imperialism Goes Wrong” he attacks those who oppose imperialism as counterrevolutionary and defines US imperialism as a progressive force.

Binh writes that “the progressive instinct to oppose anything the US government does abroad became anything but progressive once the Arab Spring sprang up in Libya and Syria… The moment the Syrian and Libyan revolutions demanded imperialist airstrikes and arms to neutralize the military advantage enjoyed by governments over revolutionary peoples, anti-interventionism became counter-revolutionary because it meant opposing aid to the revolution.”

Binh’s statements are as cynical as they are false. The US war against Libya, as the CIA operation in Syria, aimed not to support the struggles of the Arab masses for democracy and social equality, but to further Washington’s counterrevolutionary offensive against the mass working-class struggles that ousted US-backed dictators in Tunisia and Egypt at the beginning of 2011.

In supporting and promoting US imperialism’s counterrevolutionary strategy of war and terror as “revolutionary,” the pseudo-left groups serve the same class interests as US imperialism’s cold-blooded advisors such as Ignatius, who describe Washington’s operations more forthrightly as a means for imposing imperialist domination over yet another former colonial country, and ultimately the entire Middle East.

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Pham Binh of Occupy Wall Street, Class War Camp September 11, 2012 at 3:14 am

“Binh’s statements are as cynical as they are false. The US war against Libya, as the CIA operation in Syria, aimed not to support the struggles of the Arab masses for democracy and social equality, but to further Washington’s counterrevolutionary offensive against the mass working-class struggles that ousted US-backed dictators in Tunisia and Egypt at the beginning of 2011.”

I never said that U.S. imperialism had benign or progressive aims. At least get the argument right.

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Louis Proyect September 11, 2012 at 10:28 am

Someone made the astute observation on Marxmail that wsws.org basically is an aggregation of the bourgeois press with a veneer of Marxist rhetoric. This article exemplifies that. For example:

He writes that the “United States should subtly play the tribal card, which may be as crucial in Syria as it was in Iraq.” He continues: “The leaders of many Syrian tribes have sworn a blood oath of vengeance against Assad, and their power is one reason the engine of this insurgency is rural, conservative and Sunni. But Iraq showed that the tribal leaders can be the best bulwark against the growth of al-Qaeda and other extremists.”

You’ll notice that wsws.org mechanically repeats Ignatius’s characterization of Syrian “tribes”. Since when is Syrian society “tribal”? Even if this characterization was flawed when applied to Libya, it did have some merit. But in Syria it is utterly ridiculous. There is a certain tendency toward Sunni sectarianism but since when are Sunnis a tribe?

If you read wsws.org on the Arab Spring, you will soon discover that they have not had a single reporter on the ground interviewing Egyptian, Syrian, Libyan or any other Arab activists. They lack Arab supporters or members so this is understandable. You are dealing with a miniscule sect of aging English-speaking men with no ties to the mass movement anywhere seeking some kind of breakthrough by maintaining a professional-looking website. It is impressive at first glance but after closer examination you will realize that it is all surface.

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Brian S. September 12, 2012 at 4:30 pm

@Louis Proyect re Syrian “tribalism” I wouldn’t dismiss the possibility that kinship or faction-based social ties play a role in Syrian politics and society, although I don’t have sufficient knowledge of Syrian social structure to judge that precisely. The problem is that for western commentators (including many who claim academic standing) any social group that isn’t a state is rendered as a “tribe”, and allocated properties that seem to derive from colonial administrators’ fantasies. So in Libya when either the NTC or Gaddafi managed to round up 50 or so “elders” from a particular “tribal” group to proclaim support for their cause, the western press would announce that they had the support of a million “Warfalla” (or whoever) – whereas in fact what they had was the support of fifty old men.

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Brian S. September 12, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Oh dear we’re now being subject to third-hand illiteracy. WSWS says “Washington and its allies in the Gulf are arming and financing proxies inside Syria, including Al Qaeda”
But the source they are drawing on says “CIA officers are operating AT THE BORDERS helping Sunni insurgents improve their command and control and engaging in other activities. Weapons are coming FROM THIRD PARTIES…” (in other words, what we already know.)
And what about the bits of Ignatius’ article WSWS skips over: “al-Qaeda is already fighting there, in the hundreds.” THE HUNDREDS? that means “al-Qaeda” forces total somewhere between 1.25% and 6% of the anti-Assad insurgents. I’ve heard about tails wagging dogs but this is ridiculous. And how about Ignatius’ statement that “the Syrian opposition is laudably battling al-Qaeda’s influence: The opposition killed an al-Qaeda fighter … who tried to declare an ’emirate’ in a town near the Lebanese border; they also demolished a cell that raised al-Qaeda’s black flag near Bab al-Salameh, along the Turkish border. Sunni opposition fighters aren’t necessarily al-Qaeda fanatics, in other words.” So its seems that the dog is actually stamping on the al-Qaeda tail!” Now I wonder why the WSWS chose to leave that bit out? Or why our poster was too lazy to check out the original?
Having identified this level of intellectual dishonesty its not worth the energy to refute the nonsense that follows.

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Diana Barahona September 7, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Email to Amnesty International:

To AI U.S.A.

A Web site called The North Star prominently reported on AI’s endorsement of a Sept. 2 action in Washington calling for an escalation of the foreign-sponsored terrorist war to overthrow the Syrian government. Now I can’t find any news or even the original endorsement on AI’s Web site. What happened with AI and the Sept. 2 action?

Diana Barahona
Los Angeles, CA

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Diana Barahona September 7, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Amazing! The CIA-infilitrated Amnesty International had its Web site hacked by activists who REPORTED THE TRUTH about what is really going on in Syria! Reminds me of the Yes Men.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/amnesty-international-web-site-hacked/2012/08/28/9628e83a-f121-11e1-a612-3cfc842a6d89_story.html

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Pham Binh of Occupy Wall Street, Class War Camp September 7, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Amazing! Your Polish fascist comrades were invited by the Assad regime to show their solidarity! http://libcom.org/news/syrian-embassy-invites-polish-fascists-demonstrate-solidarity-al-assad-28082012

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KPRP September 13, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Haha, the Polish right cracks me up, the neonazis especially since Nazism oppressed Poland for 5 years

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Brian S. September 8, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Ah Diana, do I detect a note of weakening in your argument? “CIA-infiltrated Amnesty International” ?Last time we discussed this you were claiming the CIA controlled AI. Nice to see you taking a small step towards the real world. We’ll win you over yet.

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Pham Binh of Occupy Wall Street, Class War Camp September 9, 2012 at 4:56 pm

These chants are so obviously modified from the pro-Palestinian chants and yet comrades like Diana insist on siding a regime that has killed more Palestinians than Israel has in the past 18 months: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5EovRepHKE

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Amazed Syrian September 7, 2012 at 9:03 pm

People like Diana Barahona or whoever this person is don’t cease to amaze me by their willingness to support a regime that is heinous, murderous, and the most personification of evil. Diana, if you are doing it because you don’t know what is going on, take a step back and find out what the truth is before you speak or don’t speak at all.
If on the other hand you know the reality all too well but choose to spin it 180 degrees and upside down then little I say will penetrate to your black soul but I still plead to the child you once were or the parent you are or might become and the human being in you to tell you to quit standing with the criminal regime as your hands and your heart will have innocents’ blood on them.

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Pham Binh of Occupy Wall Street, Class War Camp September 9, 2012 at 4:57 pm

The left has a terrible history of supporting “left” dictators: http://www.thenorthstar.info/?p=1948

It may be hard to believe but Marxists used to be the biggest and staunchest champions of democratic rights. It’s one of the things that set Marxism apart from anarchism and other modern left currents.

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KPRP September 13, 2012 at 12:27 pm

This support is often based on a very “loose” interpretation of Lenin and Trotsky’s defense of dictatorship during the Russian Civil War. “Marxists” often forget that support for dictatorship is only fine when the survival of the revolution depends on it, not that any nation state with progressive reforms is allowed to maintain a despotism.

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Brian S. September 9, 2012 at 12:53 pm

An excellent report of this demonstration: inspiring to see such a vigorous championing of the Syrian revolution. With Omar Effendum on side, Assad’s days must surely be numbered. Politically and ideologically diverse, of course, but we are in a time of shifting political coordinates – so no surprise there. All I can say is that if the imperialists think that Assad represented a “rejectionist front” they have a big surprise in store for them once the people of Syria (and the whole Arab World) acquire their voice.

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Pham Binh of Occupy Wall Street, Class War Camp September 9, 2012 at 4:57 pm
Anthony Abdo September 11, 2012 at 9:16 am

their moderation = our censorship

(Actress Angelina) Jolie Hears ‘Horrific’ Accounts of Syrian Refugees @ http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/angelina-jolie-jordan-visit-syrian-refugees-17202414#.UE8xbI59n0c

How can hardened marxists like Pham, Clay, Louis and the others not read about this and not then weep? Thanks, Jolie. Your picture here is worth a thousand words.

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Arthur September 11, 2012 at 11:50 pm

Utterly bizarre. Hundreds of thousands of people flee from a regime that is bombarding its cities with heavy artillery and air force so pseudo-leftists blame the revolution!

On the other hand, its not so different from the “standard” view on Iraq where the open mass murder of Iraqi civilians with bombings in market places etc by fascist terrorists is blamed on the US (even when continued after US left).

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Brian S. September 13, 2012 at 4:28 am

Its revealing that Tony should latch on to an image of the Syrian people as helpless dependents. I prefer the picture of by the refugees who have carried their revolutionary spirit into exile,, demonstrating against the appalling conditions in the camps under the slogan “the people demand the downfall of the camp”, and who are now being threatened with deportation from Jordan back to Syria as a result.

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Brian S. September 14, 2012 at 2:17 pm

@Tony. I was away from home when I saw your post, so did not have the chance to look properly at your link, and responded a bit insensitively as a result. I share your sympathy with the dispossessed Syrian refugees (although as I mention in my previous post this has not broken their revolutionary spirit). But who do you hold responsible for their plight?
Here’s a hint: most of these people have been driven from their homes by shelling and bombing.
The Free Syrian Army has NO heavy artillery and NO aeroplanes. The Assad regime has a lot of heavy artillery and plenty of fighter- bombers. So: using elementary logic, who is responsible for their being driven into refugee camps?
Let me know your conclusions.

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Arthur September 14, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Then “thanks” Angela Jolie (who obviously supports the refugees against the regime) suggests he sees her as on his side and, like earlier posts as Tony, is completely incapable of elementary logic.

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