The Revolutionary Distemper in Syria That Wasn’t

Et tu, Eric? What a disappointment. More evidence that Counterpunch, sadly, has almost certainly been penetrated by CIA.

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October 22, 2016

Apparently, the US Left has yet to figure out that Washington doesn’t try to overthrow neoliberals. If Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were a devotee of the Washington Consensus–as Counterpunch’s Eric Draitser seems to believe–the United States government wouldn’t have been calling since 2003 for Assad to step down. Nor would it be overseeing the Islamist guerilla war against his government; it would be protecting him.

By Stephen Gowans

There is a shibboleth in some circles that, as Eric Draitser put it in a recent Counterpunch article, the uprising in Syria “began as a response to the Syrian government’s neoliberal policies and brutality,” and that “the revolutionary content of the rebel side in Syria has been sidelined by a hodgepodge of Saudi and Qatari-financed jihadists.” This theory appears, as far as I can tell, to be based on argument by assertion, not evidence.

Mass demonstration in support of Syria's secular Arab nationalist government, 2011. Mass demonstration in support of…

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Democracy in America: The World’s Greatest Hoax

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This article makes the case that democracy in America is a hoax. I can do you one better than that – I say that America is a hoax. The entire concept of an America, as in the United States, is a hoax; it’s one great big shitty brand built on a foundation of total bullshit, genocide and evil. – PC

by Stephen Lendman

Democracy in America is pure fantasy. None exists. Money-controlled duopoly power runs things. Voters have no say whatever.

America is a one-party state with two wings, in lockstep on major issues mattering most.

Elections mock legitimacy, farcical by any standard. Candidates are bought like toothpaste, cardboard cookie cut-outs of each, distinguishable by their rhetoric alone, promising one thing, delivering another.

Each electoral cycle has the same outcome. Dirty business as usual wins every time. Police state tyranny substitutes for constitutionally guaranteed rights.

Fascist governance runs things, wrapped in the American flag. Voting Republican or Democrat is like choosing between death by hanging or firing squad.

Americans are the most out-of-touch, uninformed people anywhere, easy marks to be manipulated, deceived and betrayed.

All duopoly candidates are pro-business, pro-war, anti-populist, anti-labor, anti-governance serving everyone equitably and fairly.

All exclusively support wealth, power and privilege, the public interest be damned. The evidence speaks for itself.

Post-9/11, fundamental freedoms were lost, tyranny replacing them, heading toward becoming full-blown.

America’s criminal class is bipartisan, waging endless wars on humanity at home and abroad, responsible for the greatest wealth transfer to the privileged few at the expense of all others.

Social justice is being systematically eliminated, constitutional rights practically gone, international law entirely ignored.

America was never beautiful. No nation in world history ever more greatly threatened humanity’s survival. The possibility of cataclysmic nuclear war should scare everyone.

It doesn’t matter who’s president or in Congress. America’s imperial agenda remains unchanged – reckless, ruthless, lawless.

Voters believing elections can change things are living in a fantasy world. The entire process is rigged and corrupted, independents entirely shut out. Billionaires like Ross Perot and Michael Bloomberg, if he runs for president, are the exceptions proving the rule.

Anyone outside the duopoly system is marginalized and ignored, media scoundrels giving them no coverage.

The system is rigged to assure continuity. Names and faces change. Policies stay the same – too corrupted to fix, money-controlled gangsterism, a bipartisan criminal class running things.

The business of America is endless wars of aggression, corporate favoritism, elitism at the expense of equity and justice, stealing from the poor for the rich, eliminating the bedrock middle class [sic – should have written “working class” – PC], transforming the nation into a ruler-serf society – unsafe and unfit to live in, pursuing reckless policies risking humanity’s survival.

Tuesday headlines feature results from Monday’s Iowa caucuses, a meaningless exercise in theater, no “cornfield crucible,” The NYT’s duplicitous characterization, relishing Cruz beating Trump, subdued about Sanders in a virtual tie with Clinton.

A long, agonizing primary season lies ahead, dominating mainstream news (sic) reporting, most people getting it on television.

Before it became the dominant medium, a prescient observer said if it caught on, we’d have a nation of morons.

Americans are an easily manipulated populace, what journalist Walter Lippmann once called “the bewildered herd.”

Ordinary people are spectators, not participants in policymaking, unaware how duopoly power harms their welfare, indifferent about doing anything about it – why America is the greatest threat to world peace and humanity’s survival.


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Our Sieges and Theirs

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October 20, 2016

The hypocritical Western heart beats for all except those the US Empire drowns in blood. [1]

By Stephen Gowans

“In Syria almost everybody is under siege to a greater or lesser degree,” observes the Independent’s Patrick Cockburn. [2] Most people, however, think the only siege in Syria is the one imposed on (East) Aleppo by Syrian and Russian forces. But siege as a form of warfare is hardly uniquely embraced by the Syrian Arab Army and Russian military. On the contrary, the United States and its allies have been practicing siege warfare in the Levant and beyond for years, and continue to do so. It’s just that US-led siege warfare has been concealed behind anodyne, even heroic, labels, while the siege warfare of countries Washington is hostile to, is abominated by Western state officials crying crocodile tears.

Here’s how the deception works:

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