Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

April 13, 2016

Burning Country

Filed under: Syria — louisproyect @ 8:20 pm

On February 27th of this year, an article by scholar and journalist Idrees Ahmad titled “Aleppo is our Guernica — and some are cheering on the Luftwaffe,” a timely analogy with the Spanish Civil War. Continuing with that analogy, we can say that we now have the counterpart of George Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia in Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al-Shami’s Burning Country, a work that gives a voice to the Syrian revolutionaries who are the political and moral descendants of the brigades that took up arms against Franco in the name of democracy and social justice. Unfortunately, the type of solidarity that the left offered to Spain’s freedom fighters 80 years ago is sorely missing today, a result of much of the left seeing revolutionary Syrians as jihadist stereotypes refracted through an Orientalist lens rather than as flesh-and-blood human beings.

full: http://newpol.org/content/lefts-failure-syria

1 Comment »

  1. Great Post

    Comment by mukul chand — April 14, 2016 @ 2:18 am


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