Zionism, Genocide and the Colonial Tradition in Contemporary Syria

Stephen Gowans

April 2, 2016

By Stephen Gowans

ISIS “is genocidal by self-proclamation, by ideology, and by actions.” – US Secretary of State, John Kerry. [1]

“If we had to choose between ISIS and Assad, we’ll take ISIS.” – Former Israeli ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, now a member of Israel’s Knesset. [2]

The International Association of Genocide Scholars has accused ISIS of carrying out a genocide against Shiite Muslims, as well as Yazidis and Kurds in the Middle East. The Knights of Columbus has expressed concern about the militant Sunni organization’s efforts to expunge Christians from its Caliphate in Syria and Iraq. And US Secretary of State John Kerry has denounced ISIS for its genocidal nature, expressed, he says, “in what it says, what it believes, and what it does.” [3] And yet, if given a choice between ISIS and Assad, Israel—a state which liberally invokes the Nazi anti-Jewish…

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1 Response to Zionism, Genocide and the Colonial Tradition in Contemporary Syria

  1. beetleypete says:

    As usual, Mr Gowans gets to the heart of it all. Genocide is OK, if it is ‘our’ genocide. It is only bad if carried out by those we don’t like, against those we do. It is interesting to note that this runs alongside recent acquittals at the Human Rights Court, for some Balkan War criminals. But then again, they killed Muslims, didn’t they?
    Best wishes from England. Pete.

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