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> On Mar 18, 2017, at 8:14 PM, John Obrien via Marxism 
> <marxism@lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:
> the jihadists in Syria - are not for tolerance but seek power and control - 
> motivated not by progressive political views - but by reactionary religious 
> views.

Quibbles about words like “progressive” and “reactionary” aside, this statement 
by Obrien is true *by definition* and therefore vacuous: the predicate 
("seeking power and control"; "motivated by religious views") is implied by the 
choice of the subject of the sentence ("jihadists”).

The fact that Obrien believes the subject “jihadists” truthfully represents all 
those fighting Assad says everything one needs to know about his ignorance of, 
and bias regarding, the conflict in Syria.
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