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Jonathan Cook proves my point

Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

November 25, 2013

This a brief reply to a short part of Cook’s latest post that mostly tries to prove that the Palestinians and Syrians are unalike. I only wish he had devoted half of his attention and energy to the question of Mother Agnes and the "false flag" narratives that were really at the heart of the STWC conference dispute. Until he begins to realize that taking a skeptic’s position on the Sarin attack in Ghouta flies in the face of the evidence and humanitarian/pacifist principles, he will remain terribly compromised. He must understand that the Baathists have a powerful public relations machinery, much of it on a pro bono basis from places as diverse as Global Research to the London Review of Books, and that Mother Agnes and many others help the war aims of Bashar al-Assad by blaming the rebels for the killing of their supporters.

But let me turn your attention to this:

This brings me to my main point in responding to Proyect. Like a lot of interventionists, he wants to undermine the position of non-interventionists like me by accusing us of hypocrisy – or at least implying it.

I really wasn’t aware that I was an "interventionist". For example, if you google "Kristof Syria intervention", you will get 5,290,000 results. The article at the very top of the list—written by Nicholas Kristof—states:

In Syria, it seems to me that cruise missile strikes might make a modest difference, by deterring further deployment of chemical weapons. Sarin nerve gas is of such limited usefulness to the Syrian army that it has taken two years to use it in a major way, and it’s plausible that we can deter Syria’s generals from employing it again if the price is high.

But if you substitute Proyect for Kristof in that search, you will find nothing like this. It might take a little bit of work, but if you went to my blog and clicked "Syria" on the right-hand side of the home page, you will find an article titled In the court of leftist public opinion that states:

My position is that Obama must be opposed. I have not written anything to that effect for the same reason I have not written anything lately about opposing drone strikes. Because I have not blogged about drones, one should not draw the conclusion that I favor what Obama is doing to the Yemenites. Basically, what he wants to do in Syria is a drone strike on steroids.

In my initial post on Cook that was only prompted by his taking me to task for speaking out against Mother Agnes, I stated "One of the gravest side effects of the war in Syria for those living outside its borders has been a decline in journalistic standards." This is just another example. To refer to me as an "interventionist" without bothering to take fifteen minutes or so that was necessary to establish a basis for the assertion is a sign of bias and/or laziness. Being linked to someone like Nicholas Kristof is a slander but I really can’t get very bothered by that since I know what I  stand for and what my readers stand for—at least those who don’t send me hate mail once or twice a week about being a ZioNazi.

My primary interest all along has been to defend the living heart of the revolution that has been facing two mortal threats: the Baathist dictatorship and the jihadists, a number of whom were released from Syrian prisons in order to create the very image that Global Research, the London Review of Books, and Rush Limbaugh are anxious to cultivate—namely that Syria is trying to quell an al-Qaeda uprising. That so many on the left are willing to lend credence to this filthy lie is not my business to analyze or psychoanalyze for that matter. My only interest has been and will remain to get out the truth.



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