Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

May 1, 2015

Trial by Fire in Syria

Filed under: Counterpunch,Syria — louisproyect @ 4:39 pm
Returning to Homs

Trial-by-Fire in Syria

by LOUIS PROYECT

Recently published by Verso Press, Jonathan Littell’s “Syrian Notebooks: Inside the Homs Uprising” is welcome both as an important document of Syria’s trial by fire as well as an indication of this august publisher’s willingness to break with the pro-Assad consensus that prevails on the left. Although Littell’s chronicle is hardly the work of an FSA partisan, he at least puts a human face on a movement that so many were willing to reduce to one fighter’s shocking act–eating the heart of a fallen Baathist soldier.

Written between January 16 and February 2, 2012, Littell’s notebooks are literally that, a day by day diary of what he saw and what he did in Homs, a city that was a citadel of resistance to Bashar al-Assad, particularly in the working-class neighborhood of Baba ‘Amr, where Littell spent most of his time.

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2 Comments »

  1. So they finally let you publish something on Syria. Very Good.

    Clay Claiborne, Director Vietnam: American Holocaust Linux Beach Productions Venice, CA 90291 (310) 581-1536

    Read my blogs at the Linux Beach

    Comment by Clay Claiborne — May 3, 2015 @ 4:43 pm

  2. CounterPunch does not censor articles supporting the rebels. It is more a question of so few people on the left writing and submitting to them.

    Comment by louisproyect — May 4, 2015 @ 1:28 am


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