Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

April 18, 2018

Family photo of two war criminals

Filed under: Syria — louisproyect @ 6:30 pm

Bashar is standing right in front of Hafez. His older brother Basel, who is wearing jeans, died in the 90’s. His younger brother Amjad with the ginger hair died in the 2000’s. Only his other younger brother Maher remains. Axis of resistance? Give me a fucking break.


  1. Nixon also did flicks with Mao. Castro and Che posed with Kim Il Sung. There’s a picture of Malcolm X with George Lincoln Rockwell floating around too. What say you?

    Comment by Rebase — April 19, 2018 @ 6:30 am

  2. Thats a non sequitur I think Rebase. You are implying Louis Proyect is saying one can judge any political actor by anyone they happen to be photographed with. Except he isn’t saying that. Rather the title and photograph is illustrated with merely factual information and then a questioning of whether the photograph looks like a picture of anything one might imagine is conjured by the word ‘resistance’. The people look perfectly fine bourgeois and that could be the end of it, except these are rich, corrupt, powerful people and one may want to scrawl, ‘Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely’ on the wall behind them, situationist style.

    Comment by Matthew Jackson — April 19, 2018 @ 10:53 am

  3. Here’s a picture of Nixon and Castro. It looks nothing like the one above.

    Comment by louisproyect — April 19, 2018 @ 11:47 am

  4. Great photos! Thank you Louis.

    I love how Castro is shaking Nixon’s hands and staring him down, unflinchingly; and how un-enthused Nixon looks. Not sure if he was germaphobic, but I bet Nixon washed his hands twenty times after that handshake.

    Also love how Hafez looks just soooooo blissfully happy to be able to show his kids the joys of hanging out with other mass murderers like Nixon and his super nice family. The wives don’t look very comfortable, though.

    Comment by Reza — April 19, 2018 @ 3:58 pm

  5. Ernesto Guevara was killed on October 9 1967, and Nixon moved into the White House on January 20 1969,

    Comment by kenneth couesbouc — April 19, 2018 @ 8:26 pm

  6. Awkward! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPFaEG9vJT4

    Comment by Bill J. — April 20, 2018 @ 3:01 am

  7. Wow Bill! What an eye-opening video! And from such an impeccably honest source! RT! My, how neglectful for anybody to ignore such objective reporting!

    Man, you should also check out Press TV: The voice of Theocracy. They’re even better than RT. You’b be blown away by all the stuff they got: Ayatollah’s latest fatwa on a writer who dared doubt certain religious edicts; another ayatollah’s other fatwa in support of public lashing of young girls wearing their headscarfs the wrong way; there’s videos of public hanging of gay men, who certainly deserved to be hanged from cranes in public, for they SURELY had insulted God, who definitely cannot defend himself and must be protected by such noble human beings as rule Iran with an iron fist, … errr, I mean, with kid gloves and who want nothing but purity, piety and glory for all.

    So, yeah, Bill, nice one! Thanks dude, for pointing me to the path of righteousness and theocracy brought to you by the Revolution Guards Qods Bridges pillaging and looting all that’s in sight in Syria.

    As the good Bieber says, “Baby, you should go and love yourself!”

    Comment by Reza — April 20, 2018 @ 4:24 am

  8. IDK, Nixon met Mao in 72 while simultaneously raining bombs down on Vietnam. Maybe he wasn’t smiling when they took their promo pics together? Lol

    Comment by Rebase — April 20, 2018 @ 6:15 am

  9. Thank you Louis for the photo of Castro’s knowing glare at Nixon; do you know when the photo was taken? I’m hopelessly trying to imagine what would be going through a revolutionary’s head at meeting him. I recognize that dismissive look in Nixon’s closed eyelids, it’s the same across time and place. What a world.

    Comment by S M J — April 20, 2018 @ 9:53 am

  10. @Reza

    Are you as curious as I am of how a kid the White Helmet “rescue organization” filmed suffering from a “chemical weapons” attack can show up days later with no ill effects? Recall, the propaganda construct aka the White Helmets assured us that civilians in Douma, including this very kid, were the victims of a Chlorine/ Sarin combo yet no one can corroborate this locally… including the “victims”.

    These false flag fiascos are tailor made for the highly credulous such as yourself who are prepared to believe that the United States, the greatest purveyor of violence the world has ever known, is bombing Syrians to “save” Syrians out of humanitarian impulses.

    Comment by Bill J. — April 20, 2018 @ 10:47 am

  11. Well, of course, RT also claims that not a single chemical attack ever took place in Syria except from the rebels. It also claims that hospitals have never been bombed. We are not dismayed by this Youtube clip since for all we know Bill J. is paid to troll this blog. Odd that someone intervening here on Assad’s behalf has so little to say about Marxist theory but that is way above his pay grade.

    Comment by louisproyect — April 20, 2018 @ 11:44 am

  12. Family pictures are fascinating things. Check out the kid in jeans, Basel; he looks like he’s already ready to take over the family’s butchering business. Check the look in his eyes, looking straight at the camera, daring the lens to say an oppositional word. Determined. Focused. (There might be something to the “first-born child takes mostly after the parents” theory). Now, check out Bashar, to the left of him, pinching at the sleeves of his shorts, making sure the shorts point straight down, looking to the side, avoiding eye contact, looking like he’s weaving some side intrigue in his head. The carrot top looks like he’s staring at a cake off to the side. And the sweetie in the green shirt smiling innocently is totally clueless as to what’s going on. Ahhhh the innocence of children.

    Comment by Reza — April 20, 2018 @ 2:51 pm

  13. Hey Bill J., I am very curious to know if you get paid by the number of posts or words. I desperately need extra income. Can write, will travel.

    Comment by Reza — April 20, 2018 @ 2:54 pm

  14. Yeah, shame on you Bill. We in the free world have news sources like the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and MSNBC. These are outlets we know we can trust with their clear and unbiased reporting. They will tell the full story so we have background and context. If you look back at their coverage of Iraq and Libya you’ll see what I mean. RT is controlled by Putin, they should be banned so we can rely on our free press.

    Comment by Doug Colwell — April 20, 2018 @ 9:48 pm

  15. Doug Colwell, your sarcasm is appreciated!

    Since you are so attuned to the funny side of journalism, it may be worth mentioning that journalists in the U.S. don’t mysteriously (or not so mysteriously) get killed (as they do in Russia) or jailed and tortured and disappeared (like in Iran). That’s one thing. Also, there are lots of news outlets in the U.S. that contradict, correct or critique erroneous coverage that’s put out by the NYT or Washington Post, or any one news source.

    Likewise, political opponents of the ruling administration in the U.S. don’t get jailed, tortured or disappeared like they do in Russia and Iran.

    So, with all their faults and problems, yes, I would rely on the multiple and myriad sources of news in the U.S. as opposed to putting my trust in anything that comes out Russian or Iranian official sources.

    In any case, reality is something that gets tested everyday: Go to Russia (or even better, Iran) and try to set up an oppositional new source, and see what happens to you!

    Comment by Reza — April 20, 2018 @ 10:27 pm

  16. Yeah. RT has it all over biased, warmongering newspapers like the NY Times that would never draw upon such tremendous experts like this guy:

    Bogus reports as part of Western media war

    The whole point of western propaganda war is just to get things out there, no matter if they can be disproven later, says Richard Spencer of AlternativeRight.com. Some media report on “facts” in a way that suits their government’s foreign policy agenda.

    Israeli news site Ynet News, citing unnamed Western diplomats, reported Monday that Russia began “military intervention” in Syria and deployed fighter jets and helicopters to a government airbase near Damascus to launch attacks against ISIS and rebel-aligned targets.

    The Kremlin has dismissed the allegations, saying “One shouldn’t believe these reports.”

    Earlier, a Forbes Magazine report on alleged Russian army casualties in Ukraine citing a dodgy Russian website sparked a media and Twitter storm.

    RT:According to the latest article, Russia is “sending jets to Syria” to fight ISIL, and moreover, Iran is cooperating with them and the US knows all about it. How do you feel about this story?

    Richard Spencer: I would first point out that this Ynet story is actually the number one story on Google news when you google Russia and Syria. So this is not some alternative media blog – this is a major part of the propaganda war. In some ways it comes out of an alternative universe, and it is not coming from universe we live in. Russia, as opposed to the US, has been the power that has really stressed stability, and stressed diplomacy. Russia has prevented a war in Syria in 2013, or at least you could say that it played indispensable role in preventing what would be yet another catastrophic endless conflict in that region.

    Yes, I think it’s a part of a propaganda war, it is part of a certain faction in the US that wants the Shia and Sunni to be going at it endlessly, that actually wants chaos in the region, that thinks that it is good for Israel, or some other’s interest. The whole point about a propaganda war is of course not that it is true, and it is not even that you can’t debunk it later; the whole point of the propaganda war is to get it out there. So you have things like “weapons of mass destruction,” you have things like “Vladimir Putin ordered a plane to be shut down in Ukraine,” and so on, and so on. These things can be disproven; these things turn out to be bogus. But the whole point is to get them out there. They are kind of percolating throughout the media and through people’s minds in the west. And that is mainly what the story was about.

    full: https://www.rt.com/op-ed/314151-russia-military-media-hysteria/

    Comment by louisproyect — April 20, 2018 @ 10:41 pm

  17. Great find, Louis! Thanks for the laugh!

    Comment by Reza — April 20, 2018 @ 11:07 pm

  18. Reza – about journalists having mysterious deaths – that’s not quite true. I remember 2 offhand, one who shot himself in the head, I think several times, and another who had a very strange auto accident. And does the name Barret Brown ring any bells? Actually there are a number of journalists who’ve found their way into incarceration, at least google seems to think so. But in general, and especially regarding politicians, I think you are correct. The free world has a much more evolved system of corruption. In response to what you call “multiple and myriad sources of news” can you find any mainstream outlets that oppose bombing Syria? It’s my understanding that under international law what FUKUS did is illegal. Do any of the large news sources mention this? I don’t live in the US or have a television so I really don’t know, but from what I’ve gleaned that’s not in the narrative. What are your observations?

    Comment by Doug Colwell — April 21, 2018 @ 12:39 am

  19. Colwell, this is the Marxism blog, not the DSA blog. We understand that the USA is repressive. When I had my first programming job in 1968, the FBI tried to get me fired through the Cointelpro program. 6 years later I was in Houston when the KKK bombed our headquarters. I sent volunteers to work in Nicaragua, including people who finished Ben Linder’s mini-dam after contras killed him. Don’t fucking come here with the attitude that we don’t oppose American imperialism. I am opposed to US intervention in Syria on a principled basis. If the fucking USA had minded its own business and kept the CIA from blockading MANPAD’s from crossing the border into the hands of the FSA, the war would have ended in 2014 at least. You think we haven’t read Noam Chomsky? Most of us, including Reza, belonged to groups that could have cost us our lives or years in prison. When I was president of Tecnica, the FBI launched an investigation whose goal it was to prove we were involved with an espionage network in league with Cuba and the USSR.

    So who the fuck are you, except some snot-nosed punk trolling my blog?

    Comment by louisproyect — April 21, 2018 @ 12:54 am

  20. Well, excuse me while I blow my nose. To answer your question I suppose I’d have to say pretty much I’m nobody. I surely don’t have the heroic background you’ve presented. I was a union executive officer (CUPE local 391) but we weren’t shot at or bombed or anything. We fought against NAFTA, and lost. But here’s the thing: now you’re working in tandem with the Atlantic Council (have I got that right?) you know, Elliot Higgens and James le Mesurier and so on. How does that work for you?

    Comment by Doug Colwell — April 21, 2018 @ 1:52 am

  21. Doug Colwell,

    If you mean well, maybe you can hear this …

    Maybe you know that the freedom of expression that exists as such in the U.S. is no “gift” of the ruling classes. It was won by generations of people fighting for it and dying for it in this country. You may take it for granted, but it came at a high price. So, appreciate what previous generations of American working classes have given you, cherish it and give thanks for it.

    It is exactly as a result of those previous victories of the nobodies of the world (and I am one of the nobodies) that the ruling classes in this (or any other) country have to put up with freedoms of the press and assembly, as regulated as they are, and of course the rulers will forever try to limit those freedoms as much as they can. It is, nevertheless, no ‘Kudos’ to the ruling classes in the U.S., for example, that you have some rights, but Kudos to the working classes, past labor movements, women’s movements, African-American and previous to that, the Abolitionist movements, and myriad other movements, e.g., environmental movements, that have pushed the envelope on the ruling classes here.

    I know better than to believe that the historical fight by various dominated classes in this country has brought about a perfect democracy and total freedom. I’m saying that you, here, in this country have it *a bit* better than the shit-hole places. But, pay attention to the qualifier: A BIT better than we got it in shit-hole places.

    You don’t realize how close you are to a shit-hole status; so, while you still have some rights, put them to good use. And don’t forget that more than sixty percent of your own country, since there’s a lot of Third World in this country. I’ve lived and worked in enough places across this land to know. Just for one corner of it, read Mike Davis’s ‘The City of Quartz’; then extrapolate out.

    Comment by Reza — April 21, 2018 @ 5:19 am

  22. Its Eliot Higgins, not ‘Elliot Higgens’, you ignorant twat, and just because say, two people haven’t lost their marbles, does not mean they are ‘working in tandem’.

    Comment by Matthew Jackson — April 21, 2018 @ 12:12 pm

  23. But here’s the thing: now you’re working in tandem with the Atlantic Council (have I got that right?) you know, Elliot Higgens and James le Mesurier and so on. How does that work for you?

    I guess I’ll stick with being a tool of the Atlantic Council if the litmus test for that is refusing to believe Robert Fisk’s bilge.

    Comment by louisproyect — April 21, 2018 @ 12:15 pm

  24. Thanks for the book recommendation, Reza. Sounds interesting.

    Comment by Doug Colwell — April 21, 2018 @ 5:30 pm

  25. Reblogged this on The Big Isms and commented:
    war criminals

    Comment by Lara/Trace — April 23, 2018 @ 2:40 pm

  26. I wish I had been a little mouse back then and was able to hear what Fidel was saying to the crum. If these walls could talk. This would make a great caption contest pic BTW. Good one, thanks !

    Comment by Maggie — April 23, 2018 @ 9:04 pm

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