We know the approach of rightists. But I wonder why some leftists such as Tariq Ali, Ilan Pappe, Fredric Jameson and Norman Finkelstein find it so difficult to register what's actually happening within Syria. They are all singing the same tune - "free Syria."
TARIQ ALI, a known libertarian and editor of New Left Review, shocks me in particular. The man is a staunch supporter of the Palestinian cause, hater of imperialism, an open critic of Zionism, recognizes the uselessness of the Arab League, against all forms of radicalism, anti-war, admirer of the late Hugo Chavez - but supporter the Syrian opposition, believe it or not.
Ali admits Western intervention in Syria would be catastrophic. Yet he claims "Assad clan must relinquish their stronghold" because "the overwhelming majority of people in Syria want the Assad family out." He further adds "Syria needs a non-sectarian national government to prepare a new constitution" God Almighty! This person has been an free thinker for the past 45 years. From where does he gather such outlandish ideas? Doesn't he know that Assad's replacement will not be "non sectarian" but strictly sectarian Salafists? Doesn't he know that there was no sectarianism within Syria until the US sponsored terrorists brought it in? Doesn't he know the involvement of foreigners, the presence of mercenaries and the stock they belong to? Doesn't he know of Israel being the sole beneficiary of this carefully planned scheme? Even if there is no direct Western intervention, are professional terrorists cut out to "prepare a national government?" Will Assad's departure be enough for them to put down their weapons and not unleash a fresh wave of animosity against the FSA? Hasn't Libya taught enough lessons of post-war violence already?
He has failed miserably in making the right connections to get the true picture. How would a "celebrated intellect" not be able to perceive the contradiction between denouncing Western intervention but complacency over the invasion by Western sponsors? T. Ali is either unaware or naively dismissive of the recent acknowledgement of the CIA itself (posted on Al-Manar news outlet and several others) stating that if Bashar Al-Assad survives until 2014 and runs for an election, he is likely to win 75% of Syrian votes 'as there is no other worth mentioning candidate that can stand against him for presidency.'
Some were wondering if his thoughts have lately changed. Nah, not at all. But his thoughts have been exposed as the Syrian & Libyan conflicts are/were different from the rest. These two countries have been targets of subversion. But libertarians like T. Ali do not analyze every situation according to its own different context. They have a standardized judgment for all. Whenever agitation erupts among the public, it can be either homegrown or instigated/perpetrated from outside. Of course it needs to be studied accordingly. But Ali interprets every such chaos as the peoples' call for their government to quit without focusing on the role played by external forces and various other aspects that need to be scrutinized. Hence he will condemn the government of Syria the same way as he would denounce the government of Bahrain. A complete madman!
Watch Tariq Ali's 11-minute interview at the following link on RT .. the nonsense galore he's talking! In his own words "Assad must be pushed out" and is displeased with Hezbollah and Iran for helping Syria. He acknowledges Muslim Brotherhood's plan to take over the region and work with the US, but doesn't seem to find that too undemocratic. His very dismissive stance over the presence/involvement of AQ is mind blowing. This is the first time I've heard someone trusting AQ for coming into the fold of progress once they acquire sovereignty, which implies snatching Syria from its rightful people. Not a word about the huge benefits awaiting Israel, in case the Syrian Government is toppled. I won't be surprised if this man needs money and has been lured by MI6 or one of its counterparts. Or simply, senility has gotten the better of this geezer.
A man with a rotting mind