JONATHAN COOK’S EXCELLENT ARTICLE UNCOVERS COMPLETELY HOW A GROUP OF PRO-WESTERN INTERVENTIONISTS SUCCESSFULLY PRESSURED CAREER-MINDED ‘LEFTISTS’ LEADING TO MOTHER AGNES MARIAM – A KEY PEACEMAKER AND RECONCILER IN WAR AFFLICTED SYRIA – TO PULL OUT OF STOP THE WAR COALITION’S ‘INTERNATIONAL ANTI-WAR CONFERENCE’
Bowing before the inquisitors on Syria
18 NOVEMBER 2013
One of the problems for the left is the desperate need of too many of its best and brightest to maintain legitimacy “in the mainstream”. In practice, those who could be advancing radical new agendas or ways of thinking to deal with the catastrophic problems we face end up spending too much time watching their backs, toning down their message and trying to promote their careers.
Rather than forging broad coalitions with others on the left, they bow before inquisitions – and not only inquisitions initiated from the left itself (bad enough), but inquisitions imposed on them from those with reactionary agendas.
So it has proved with the Stop the War conference in London on Nov 30, which was designed to ward off the pressures for more military “intervention” in Syria.