The Western left and the Syrian war — Corey Oakley | REDFLAG: A VOICE OF RESISTANCE

I am reblogging this. Read and make up your own mind. I have no idea what is happening in Syria, nor anywhere else.

I do know this, I can’t trust the alt media anymore than I can trust the mainstream.

I am fucking fed up with all of this shit! I wish I could quit, but that doesn’t work. So I guess I’m just stuck in this limbo, which pretty much describes the rest of my life, as well.

Taking Sides

Norm’s note: what follows is a sample of the kinds of effusions from people that Will Morrow has described as “the Australian pseudo-left.” I’m not going to tell you what to think about it.  But I’m obviously inviting you to read it so as to be able to make your own assessment of it.  But before you once and forever and preemptively dismiss that a revolutionary movement could ever have broken out in Syria in 2011, you really need to read this masterful piece of analysis by Dr. Raymond Hinnebusch, Professor of International Relations and Middle East Politics and Director of the Centre for Syrian Studies at the University of St. Andrews: “Syria: from ‘authoritarian upgrading’ to revolution?” Because ‘facts’ ought really to matter, right?

The Western left and the Syrian war


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2 thoughts on “The Western left and the Syrian war — Corey Oakley | REDFLAG: A VOICE OF RESISTANCE

  1. The issue comes down to this: was there or wasn’t there a ‘popular uprising’ in Syria in 2011, and if there was, does that ‘rebellion’ continue, and if it does, isn’t that what the ‘war’ in Syria is about, namely, to quash that rebellion?

    This then raises questions about the nature of the Syrian establishment: what sort of government is it? Is it a neo-liberal capitalist regime? Or is it a ‘socialist state’ with ‘popular legitimacy?’

    The ‘facts’ of the matter are: the Syrian state is a neo-liberal state. How to explain, for example, Rami Makhlouf, the richest man in Syria, controlling roughly 75 – 85% of the countries economy, and the first cousin of the president himself, Mr. Assad. If that isn’t a privatized and overconcentrated capitalist economy, I don’t know what is. This simple fact, in of itself, gives the lie to the notion that Syria is a socialist country beleaguered by imperialist American aggression on account of being ‘socialist’ and resistant to incursions of Western private investments. Furthermore, Hinnebusch (and Amin, to name another competent researcher, who actually lives in the Middle East, in Egypt, if that at all matters) clinches the ‘fact,’ on the basis of a thorough social, political, economic and historical account, that, yes, Syrians were indeed impelled by their increasingly intolerable circumstances to rebel en masse.

    Therefore, on the basis of only those two evidence-based assumptions, the question for an activist then should become: do I side with a ruthlessly dictatorial neo-liberal regime, or do I side with ordinary Syrians, however misbegotten their rebellion might have been and continues to be?

    Personally, as a matter between myself and my conscience, I’m with the people who are having to bear the brunt of an interminable assault raining down on them from all sides.

    The truth about complicated and far away events is never given. It takes time for it to make its way to us, and then we have to struggle in ourselves, past all of our former assumptions and already established beliefs, to finally “grasp” it. And then, of course, it may yet be that more information is to come that will have to be taken into account, and then the “truth” will transmute once again into something different, perhaps into a direct contradiction of what we now take it to be. Unfortunately, we are human, and that is part of what it means to be human, to be condemned to one-sidedness and never in possession of a perspective that can be said to be partial and complete. That’s just how it is. The world is bigger than we are. Our minds cannot encompass the whole. And yet, and yet, we somehow manage to “get” enough of it to make our way forward and make of our lives something eminently worthwhile.

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  2. “Personally, as a matter between myself and my conscience, I’m with the people who are having to bear the brunt of an interminable assault raining down on them from all sides.”

    Same here.

    I hear you, Norm! I get the message. And I agree. I fell for the bullshit again, only this time the bullshit is coming from both the east and west, and the alt media, as well.

    What this tells me is what I have been afraid to admit for a long time now, and yet I knew it was true years ago: this world is working exactly the way it was intended to work.

    I am not upset with you, Norm. Just so you know. This is a personal issue.

    So telling me how the world is doesn’t help. I have thrown out more assumptions than most in this world, over these seven decades. I know how to do that. I’m just sick and tired of it.

    I’m just tired of it all, Norm. I said it eighteen years ago, when I walked away from religion, There is no savior coming, not in the heavens or on earth.

    Take care!

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