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On 9/13/18 7:44 AM, Jason Hicks via Marxism wrote:
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This is so unspeakably vile for Counterpunch to publish this.

"A day prior, SANA reported on the collaboration between militants from the 
Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and the White Helmets to 
identify key locations, where sarin and chlorine gas has been shipped, to launch a 
potential chemical weapons attack."

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/09/12/idlib-youtube-and-the-war-on-information/

I commented on this at FB, where Jeff St. Clair and Joshua Frank could read it:

Workers World Party member Julia Kassem claims that HTS and the White Helmets are setting up a false flag incident using chemical weapons in order to provoke Trump into launching strikes against regime and Russian forces. She cites the Syrian news agency SANA to back her up. RT.com has been running the same story. According to her, Youtube is in cahoots with HTS because it has removed the accounts of the Syrian Ministry of Defense, SANA News Agency, and the Syrian presidency.

Does anybody think that at this point in the game that Donald Trump has any intentions of supporting HTS, the militia that was an al-Qaeda affiliate at one point? Apparently Julia Kassem does, referring to a Wikileak State Department cable that mentions al-Qaeda being "on our side". This is typical of Assadist propaganda that relies heavily on such cables to portray the USA and al-Qaeda as being allies.

Obama authorized drone attacks that have killed key HTS leaders including: Ahmad Salama Mabruk (aka Abu Faraj al-Masri), a veteran al-Qaeda member with an extensive history at senior levels of the network; Khattab al-Qahtani, a senior al-Qaida official from the Persian Gulf region with reported ties to Osama bin Laden; and the elimination of Jaysh al-Fatah commander Usama Nammoura in Aleppo (aka Abu Omar Saraqeb).

None of this matters to someone like Kassem. Over the past 7 years, the overwhelming majority of the left in the USA has effectively been propagating the same kind of Islamophobic support for Assad that Christopher Hitchens provided for Bush '43's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Just yesterday we put up with the same old patriotic gore associated with 9/11. So odd that a self-proclaimed Palestinian solidarity activist like Kassem can be serving Assad in the same way that Hitchens served Bush. But that is what we are left with after 7 years of bad faith and conspiracy-mongering.


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