Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

June 27, 2016

Guess what, neo-Nazi group attacked in Sacramento is pro-Assad and pro-Putin

Filed under: Fascism,right-left convergence,Russia,Syria — louisproyect @ 2:46 pm

It is old news by now that virtually every neo-Nazi or ultraright outfit in Europe is solidly behind Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad, from Golden Dawn to Marine Le Pen’s National Front. As you are also probably aware, the Brexit campaign was pushed heavily by Nigel Farage of the UK Independence Party, a rabidly anti-immigrant group that advocates working with Bashar al-Assad.

The first sign of a similar development in the USA was obviously the Donald Trump campaign that is first cousin to the UKIP. Trump stated that the Brexit vote was a great thing and hoped that its goals could be replicated in the USA. As it happens, the neo-Nazi group that was attacked in Sacramento yesterday by anti-fascists falls squarely within the global Red-Brown alliance. You almost have to wonder whether a pro-Assad group like the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) might be tempted to come to their aid the next time the neo-Nazi group is threatened.

The neo-Nazis are constituted as the Traditional Worker Party and led by a character named Matthew Heimbach who first came to attention as the Donald Trump supporter who roughed up a Black female protester at his rally in Louisville in early March. That’s him in the red baseball cap.

Before he launched the Traditional Worker Party, Heimbach operated as the top man of the Traditionalist Youth Network. From early on, he backed Assad because he saw him as a pillar of resistance to Muslims who were falsely accused of threatening the Christians in Syria. In 2013 Heimbach organized a protest in Michigan that sounds very much like the sort of thing that would be embraced by the Baathist left as an exercise in Red-Brown politics.

CORUNNA, MI — An organization accused of having ties to the white supremacist movement is planning a protest in support of embattled Syrian leader Bashar Assad during a Sept. 11 event in Corunna.

The event, organized by the Traditionalist Youth Network, was initially billed as a “Koran BBQ,” a protest geared toward showing “Islamic immigrants and citizens alike that they are not welcome here in Michigan” that included burning copies the Quran and images of the Prophet Muhammad, but changed direction after President Barack Obama asked Congress for authorization to use military force in Syria.

Matthew Heimbach, leader of the Traditionalist Youth Network, said the event was changed to focus on Syria to protest what he claims is the Obama administration’s offer of support to al-Qaida and Islamist militants working with rebels to topple Assad’s regime.

Heimbach said the protest will be “anti-jihadist,” which he says is an appropriate message on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Protestors are expected to meet in McCurdy park around 5:30 p.m.

With respect to Putin, you can listen to Matthew Heimbach interviewing Dr Matthew ‘Raphael’ Johnson, a self-described Christian Orthodox Medievalist, on his Ayran Radio show about the huge breakthrough for neo-Nazi groups by the Kremlin’s strong leadership against the West.

Finally, some snapshots from Matthew Heimbach’s Faith-Family-Folk Twitter account (https://twitter.com/MatthewHeimbach):

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  1. Totally unrelated, but it looks like La Rouche is on his way out. His Fireside Chats are given by others, and questions to him are answered by others. There is a lot of emphasis on the primacy of The Policy Committee. Sorry I’m off-thread

    On 27 June 2016 at 10:47, Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist wrote:

    > louisproyect posted: “It is old news by now that virtually every neo-Nazi > or ultraright outfit in Europe is solidly behind Vladimir Putin and Bashar > al-Assad, from Golden Dawn to Marine Le Pen’s National Front. As you are > also probably aware, the Brexit campaign was pushed hea” >

    Comment by Peter Myers — June 27, 2016 @ 4:43 pm

  2. Muslims who were falsely accused of threatening the Christians in Syria? They didn’t bother with threats. They went directly for beheadings and crucifixions.

    Comment by Dani Renan — June 27, 2016 @ 8:33 pm

  3. “They went directly for beheadings and crucifixions.”

    Who is the “they”? The fucking Daesh whose future leaders Bashar al-Assad released from prison in order to create the sectarian divisions that he could exploit?

    Comment by louisproyect — June 27, 2016 @ 8:44 pm

  4. It is commonly believed that the Islamic State commits genocide against Christians. This is a myth. The Islamic State does not commit genocide against Christians (though it does commit ethnic cleansing). Christians living under the Islamic State had four options: the option to convert, pay a tax known as the jizya (about $500 per year), leave or die:

    In Raqqa, Christians were given the option to leave the Islamic State (unlike Sunni residents who were forced to stay). It was only until late March 2016 did the Islamic State prevent Christians from leaving the Islamic State.

    The reason that Christians fled was because of food shortages caused sieges, the fact that the Islamic State refused to pay Christian government employees (http://www.aina.org/news/20140714204343.htm), distrust from Christians towards the Islamic State, the ambiguity of the “jizya” payment, and the threat of U.S., Iraqi and Russian airstrikes (http://www.juancole.com/2016/04/isil-and-the-new-sex-slavery.html).

    The reason that the Islamic State is hostile against Christians is many of its members have an anti-Christian sentiment. Christians nations have been bombing, invading and occupying Muslim countries for decades; this fuels hatred against Christians. In Egypt, after the coup that installed Sisi, a dictator who murdered thousands of Muslims, Egyptian Muslims blamed Christians for the coup. There were massive protests in Christian neighborhoods by Morsi supporters blaming Christians for the coup and the resulting mass murders by the regime. The coup, which resulted in a distrust for the democratic process, combined with an anti-Christian sentiment, has radicalized many Egyptian youth to join the Islamic State. In fact, a significant percentage of foreign fighters within the Islamic State come from Egypt. Unless a significant group of Christians come out to oppose Assad and Sisi, there will be anti-Christian sectarianism.

    In Syria, there are tens of thousands (if not hundreds of thousands) of civilians killed by Syrian and Russian airstrikes? Do you think this will anger the victims of such airstrikes? Do you think this will make the victims (predominantly Sunni Muslims) mad at the Syrian government? The top leaders in the Syrian government are Alawite, a sect of Shia Islam. If the government bombs and kills civilians, this will create an anti-Alawite and anti-Shia sentiment. Similarly, minorities such as Christians and Yazidis who are allegedly on the side of the Syrian government. Because of this association with Christians and Yizidis with the government, this will also create an anti-Christian and anti-Yazidi sentiment. This same anti-Alawite, anti-Shia and anti-Christian sentiments are shared by the Islamic State. Because this is shared by the Islamic State, this will make some of the Sunnis sympathize with and join the Islamic State. This is how the Syrian and Russian bombing will “radicalize” many Sunni Muslims to join the Islamic State.

    The Islamic State had helped non-Muslims. For example, they have rescued and provided food for Indian nurses after their hospital was about to be bombed. http://www.hindustantimes.com/world/freed-kerala-nurses-say-isis-militants-protected-them-in-iraq/story-qOMrodzWbBGZcBLnyoArOJ.html

    The Islamic State is also allied with the relatively secular Ba’athist militias and the Sufi militias. Why is the Islamic State hate some groups (Christians) but not others (like Indians)? It’s because India does not bomb Muslims.

    It is also important to note that many of the alleged massacres and atrocities committed by the Islamic State are false.

    For example, Patrick Cockburn has accused the Islamic State of executing peaceful Syrian truck drivers. “Evidence” of this is from a video clip from YouTube:

    However, this has been disproven when you see the whole documentary:

    “A famous video which was broadcasted on all major media outlets to show the ‘brutality’ of Islamic State’s policy on civilians. It is purported to show that IS were killing Shia civilians on highway drive by shooting. (Source: Al Furqan Media – Clanging of the Swords) If one were to watch the whole documentary of the Islamic State which the clip was taken from, they would know that those who were being targeted were Iraqi Gov’t members who took part in oppressing the Sunnis of Iraq. They were selective targets from a list the IS had obtained. The people targeted were known criminals of the Iraqi government. Then there is another clip (Source: Al Furqan Media- Cutting Assads Supply Line) which shows a transport truck being pulled over on a highway by the Islamic State. The Allawite men are being questioned. Some of the questions are of religious nature. Then they are shown being executed. Once again, if one watched the whole documentary, they would have seen what the members of the Islamic State found out from the documents obtained of the truck drivers. They were on route to transporting military gear for Assads army. Does this make them khawarij? If they applied their state law to these people whom they charged with a crime, why don’t they have a right to administer justice on their terms, especially if they’re applying the Shar’ee rules?”

    Baathist apologists like Patrick Cockburn not only regularly spread false information about alleged atrocities and massacres committed by Syrian rebels but also the Islamic State.

    Comment by 3D Face Analysis — June 27, 2016 @ 11:05 pm

  5. Some irony here, Oswald Mosley was in favour of a united Europe. Just Google it.

    Comment by Antifa — June 30, 2016 @ 9:43 am

  6. So was Lenin.

    Comment by louisproyect — June 30, 2016 @ 1:07 pm

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