Rule #1: YOU MUST clip all extraneous text when replying to a message.
New from Linux Beach:
Counter-revolutionary "Left"will again be with NATO
This time it will be by their silence.
Here's the situation:
The rise as ISIS, a group that al Qaeda calls too extreme, and the
connection of a British voice to the brutal beheading of James Foley,
has caused the leaders of western imperialism to address the fact that
many holders of European, British, Canada, Australian and American
passports have gone to fight in Syria.
This has in turn forced them to address the question of motivation:
Why have thousands of young people from those countries given up
relatively comfortable lives in the west to play /"Lawrence of
Arabia"/ in the very land that Lawrence made a name for himself? Why
have they joined the Arab revolt? And here they start to sound like
idiots. They talk about the attraction of jihad and Internet
brainwashing and everything else they can think of but in the end they
can conjure up no good reasons why a sane person would risk his young
life in a foreign land.
The simple, and for them, unspeakable fact is that what motivates
these recruits most is that having witnessed the valor and the
suffering of the Syrian people on the Internet these past few years, a
growing number have desired to come to the aid of the Syrian people
and have taken up their cause. I think these foreign fighters in Syria
have much in common with the internationalists that went to Spain to
fight for the republic as the clouds where gathering for World War 2.
Coincidentally, war clouds are gathering in Europe again. They were
motivated by the cause of the republic, the courage of the
revolutionaries, and the suffering of the Spanish people fighting
against such uneven odds. It will ultimately save humanity that young
people are willing time and again to put aside their fears and
personal safety in the service of others.
While its true that the Lincoln Brigade and groups like it came under
relatively progressive leadership, whereas most of the young
foreigners fighting in Syria have given themselves to very reactionary
leadership, the motivations are quite similar, they want to intervene
against Assad's murder of the children. It certainly isn't the fault
of these young people that there is no /"left"/ or progressive road to
Damascus, no /"Lincoln Brigade,"/ those that occupy the high ramparts
of the /"Left"/ have seen to that. But for Muslim youth around the
world the Islamists have put in place a highway that leads from the
local mosque to the front-lines. Because they have mobilized for the
Syrians while the "Left" has cheered on Assad, these reactionary
jihadists have gained in strength while the /"Left"/ has been complete
discredited in their eyes. [The Left is with Assad.]
Of course, these commentators on CNN, Fox News and the like can't
afford to talk about these more noble motivations for going to Syria
and fighting with whoever claims to be fighting Assad, because then
they would have to talk about what is really happening in Syria and
try to explain why the murder of two hundred thousand people in three
years in a relatively small country merited so little coverage. They
can't do that.
And the /"anti-imperialist"/ Left can't raise these points either
because they are guilty of the same crimes as the bourgeoisie when it
comes to Syria.
Click here for a list of my other blogs on Syria
Send list submissions to: Marxism@lists.csbs.utah.edu
Set your options at: