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The Western Leftist denialism of the Syrian revolution is Orientalism 101; gullible Arabs and Muslims perpetually subjected to manipulation and whose political consciousness can only be activated by Leftist ideologues. Brown people are just the white man's proxies unless the irrelevant White Left says otherwise. It’s textbook narcissism. Counter-revolutionaries appeared on Russia's state propaganda channel early in 2011 to say that Russia was preventing an American takeover of Syria. What was actually happening was that the Assad regime was using Russian weapons and political support to murder, torture and rape those involved in a non-violent democratic uprising. Should we see a difference between Tariq Ali and your average neo-con telling Fox News that only American support is stopping an Iranian take-over of Israel? At least the average neo-con does not pretend to be a “revolutionary” or a '”radical.” Western Leftists have found it easier to sympathize with, say, Gaza than with Syria. What makes the victim important to an average American anti-imperialist? The criminal. Israel is seen as the worst monster on the block, no matter what the death toll actually dictates. The hypocrisy is astounding. Indeed, Assad, Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein, and all the Israeli leaders are/were mass murderers, but as long as American Leftists only condemn Israel and refuse to condemn anyone else they remain in the same position as their neo-con opponent; a racist who is terribly ignorant about the region. If you read those who dominate the liberal-left press you would believe that the Free Syria Army never existed, the Syrian people gassed themselves, Assad is a secularist and anti-imperialist, the revolution was a sectarian and foreign plot from the start, and that the West must ally with Assad to stop extremism. All of this has no basis in reality, unless you watch Iranian and Russian propaganda 24/7, and that’s exactly what the Palestine solidarity community has been doing.

full: http://therawrreport.net/article/2015/02/17/syrian-fascism-and-western-left
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