Take no lessons about Syria from Marie Lynam
Marie Lynam, who writes on the LRC blog, and is a member of the infamous Fourth International Posadist, has recently written a post requesting the world leaves its “Hands off Syria”. But we ought not be taking lessons from her.
We don’t need to look too hard to find the most gruesome stories come out of Assad’s Syria, by his own hand.
The killing, one by one, of 49 children in what’s now known as the Houla massacre, with the horrific pictures to accompany, are enough to make anybody’s blood boil.
Indeed recently elected French socialist President, François Hollande, said in response to the tragedy: “A military intervention is not to be ruled out”.
A report by Human Rights Watch revealing Assad’s secret underground prisons detail some of the most disturbing accounts of torture we have in the modern age.
One detainee told of being forced to undress while receiving staples in his fingers, ears and chest as electric stun-guns were applied to his genitals.
Another had pins shoved into his feet so he could no longer walk and one other detainee was left hanging by his wrists just enough so his toes could position himself upright.
Other accounts found that one detainee who had diabetes went into shock and died.
It is understood by many nations today that Assad is not going to give in anytime soon. But frustratingly all ways beside military intervention don’t seem to have worked.
Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan told French newspaper Le Monde on Saturday “Evidently, we haven’t succeeded,” adding: “And perhaps there is no guarantee that we will succeed.”
This doesn’t mean to say intervention is off the table, but operationally it will not be as simple as interventions in the past, namely Libya, where rebel troops against the government have agreed to a single set of mission statements and have set up a safe haven to base themselves (like Benghazi and Zabadani could stay).
In her piece, Lynam – with no irony – says:
Sensing its end coming near, capitalism prepares for war not against Syria, or Iran, but against the USSR, China and the world masses whom it sees as the originators of Workers and Revolutionary States. The attacks on Syria and Iran are just steps towards this.
One sincerely wants the inclusion of the USSR to be a Freudian slip, but cannot help thinking this is probably what she meant.
She goes on to say that: “It is not civil war that capitalism fears in Syria, but a [sic] greater anti-imperialist union”. So much time does she spend anthropomorphising capitalism that she neglects to mention the expression of those who have come into contact with the accounts of Assad’s mad muscle men, placing enemies on burning metal plates to extract information from them by force.
I don’t care what she thinks capitalism fears, I don’t want to see civil war in Syria and therefore, like President Hollande, I want to see the end of Assad.
Though we can tell what side of the tracks she sits on when saying: “When Socialist Francois Hollande calls for “Assad to step down”, it is to reassure NATO.”
I can’t see that this is anything other than a statement in support of Assad himself.
However we can’t expect too much from anyone who uses the name of J. Posadas as anything other than a source of belittlement.
The organisation to which she is affiliated has been described thus:
Posadist Fourth International affiliates worked to organise trade unions, often operating clandestinely under dictatorships.
J. Posadas himself can have attributed to his name the following:
“Il faut faire appel aux êtres des autres planètes, lorsqu’ils viennent, à intervenir et collaborer avec les habitants de la terre pour supprimer la misère.”
We should call out to other Beings on Other Planets, when they come, to intervene and co-operate with the Earth’s inhabitants to end our wretchedness.
According to his wikipedia entry:
In his later years Posadas led his movement into the development of various esoteric ideas that bordered on theNew Age with writings about communicating with dolphins and humans giving birth under water.
He also wrote the following:
“Nuclear war [equals] revolutionary war. It will damage humanity but it will not – it cannot – destroy the level of consciousness reached by it… Humanity will pass quickly through a nuclear war into a new human society – Socialism.”
This is beyond barmy. Nuclear war will bring about socialism, destroying mankind but saving its higher consciousness. What rot.
Perhaps it’s why Posadists still refer to Iran as ”The REVOLUTIONARY STATE of the Islamic Republic of Iran” and why Lynam herself has penned a blog post for the LRC called The problem is not Gaddafi or Iran. It is imperialism!