The manic defense of Assad in this thread is just amazing. I have no illusions about how deep neo-Stalinism runs, but it’s always shocking to see the venom and hypocrisy. The allegations, for instance, that critics of Assad are paid by the Saudis is particularly typical of middle-class pseudoradicalism (i.e. neo-Stalinism) tactics when one wants to avoid the crimes of one’s favorite regime.
Just yesterday comrades in Australia published an article reminding us of the heroic struggle of Solidarnosc in 1980-81, and, as I predicted, within minutes a dozen neo-Stalinists had written comments in vile tones accusing the author of being a tool of imperialism — the same exact method being followed here re: Syria.
PS: Annie, you should be more conscious that as a Mondoweiss editor, your comments are taken, fairly or not, as reflective of the site, and dial back on the accusatory lies and support for mass murderers.
PPS: For those wanting the truth of the grassroots Syrian revolutino, see http://menasolnetus.wordpress.com/