The Hypocrisy of Chomsky and the Imperialist Left on Syria, Rojava and Yemen

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SYDNEY, Australia – “‘Scared to Death’: Syria’s Kurds Feel Trapped Between Threats From Assad and Erdogan” – Ha’aretz

Many pro-Rojava [named region of a separatist Kurdish entity on Syrian territory] leftists including Noam Chomsky agree that an illegal US military occupation of a sovereign country is needed to protect “the Kurds”, possibly because they have no idea how pragmatically Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has addressed Kurdish demands and grievances.

The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) wanted citizenship for 300,000 stateless Kurds and Assad granted it back in April 2011. Then they wanted autonomy, which Assad effectively gave them back in July 2012. Most do not know that from 1980-98 the Turkey-based Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), in which the YPG is the Syrian branch, and its leader Abdullah Ocalan were based in Damascus from where they waged their secessionist campaign against Turkey.

More broadly, why in the minds of pro-Rojava leftists are Kurds literally the only victims of Islamic extremism whose lives seem to matter? Because it serves a pro-partition agenda.

Ten million Yemenis are starving right now because of this campaign of Saudi aggression, which pays 100,000 foreign mercenaries, armed by the Anglo-American military industrial complex, to fight alongside Al-Qaeda, against the Ansarullah-backed government in Sana’a, all in order to restore the pro-Saudi status quo. The left doesn’t care because nothing about Yemen was ever marketed to them as fashionable, with no dancing feminists to exoticise.

If the pro-Rojava left really cared about Turkish-backed Islamists murdering socialist Kurds, why from 2012 to 2014 did they say nothing about the arming and funding of those Islamists by the NATO-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) alliance? I remember that period, the only people who said anything in defence of Syrian Kurds (aside from Kurdish leftists) were those who supported the defence of the Syrian government.

The fashionability of “Rojava” among the western left was manufactured to coincide with the US intervention in September 2014, before which, it was the Syrian military that protected YPG held areas from Islamic State attacks, and how were they repaid? After receiving US patronage, the YPG tried to violently expel the Syrian military from Hasakah province.

The US intervention in September 2014 was not purely motivated by a desire to defeat Islamic State, rather it was to protect Kurdish held territories in Syria and Iraq, which in turn encouraged Islamic State to direct their aggression at the Syrian government (which is obviously easier than fighting militias that have US protection), which prompted the Russian intervention a year later.

The Syrian government’s frustration with the Kurdish YPG is therefore entirely understandable. The YPG will not tolerate Turkish-backed Islamists on territory they control, but had no problem allowing the US to bomb Syrian government forces from their territory, even if it meant raising the possibility of the rest of Syria being overrun by the same forces that they want the entire world to save them from.

Jay Tharappel is a PhD Candidate at Sydney University.

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sch111
sch111
2 years ago

Why is anyone listening to Chomsky? Why is his personal opinion important? He is just an opinionated Yank, not Syrian or Kurdish or anyone of relevance to those problematic areas. You might as well take any ones opinion off the street as seriously important…

Brooklyn Dave
Brooklyn Dave
2 years ago

Very complicated issue. Poor Kurds is all I can say -getting screwed and used like a cheap whore by everyone. It is good that the author informed us of the openness of Assad to Kurdish autonomy. In Iraq, the Kurds are pretty autonomous although their leaders are strongmen. The US and Israel together have pretty much bought the Iraqi Kurds -did they really have a choice? The last thing they want is a strong independent Arab leader like Assad or whoever is ruling Iraq, Egypt or Jordan. What will be interesting is to see with US troops leaving Syria what moves all the other parties (Russians,Turks, Iranian, & Israelis) make with against each other. BTW Chomsky – isn’t he originally a linguistic expert? Why have people been so worshipful of his political statements over the years?

zman
zman
Reply to  Brooklyn Dave
2 years ago

Poor Kurds? Hey, when you throw yourself on the floor, legs spread wide open, what do you expect? Syria and to a lesser degree Iraq, after Hussein, gave the Kurds respite and their idea is to jump in bed with the US who helped slaughter them before and try to create this pipe dream Rojova? I used to pity them as well, but after their traitorous backstabbing and thieving, I couldn’t care less about their fate. As for the US leaving, seeing is believing and we ain’t seen shit yet. Trumps saying that he is going to remove ‘our 2000 troops’ is problematic as well…as there are estimates of upwards of 4,000/6,000 troops and SOFs in theater. Chomsky is a character actor, portraying the ‘good zionist’, a master deceiver.

Aphrodisia
Aphrodisia
2 years ago

This is a contradiction in terms and buys into the narrative of such people as Peter Lavelle, Paul Craig Roberts and their ilk, you cannot be an imperialist and be “left” at the same time. That is bulls*it, someone who is truly left will always be anti-imperialist.
And as for the kurds, stuff them. They knew what they were doing, bunch of traitors to their own country getting into bed with the satanic western scumbags. They never complained when they were receiving convoy after convoy stuffed full of weapons from the Americans.

uncle tungsten
uncle tungsten
2 years ago

Thank you Jay, that was a good analysis and a timely one. The Kurds live in a demonstratedly strong secular state of Syria that is the best on offer in their region. They should back the Syrian government and chuck out the bought Kurdish leadership that has been pocketing the yankee dollar.

Make no mistake their bretheren now in Turkey are about to be cleansed one way or the other by Erdogan and his new sunni killers that are exiting via Idlib.

Nassim7
Nassim7
2 years ago

Chomsky is tribal. He is Jewish. A neo-Trotstkyist. Need I say more?

ladybird111
ladybird111
2 years ago

Noam Chomsky is a Khazar disguised as an ordinary Jew.

Nassim7
Nassim7
2 years ago

The “Kurds” are an agglomeration of different people and ideologies and they speak several languages. They have always been used by outsiders for the interests of these outsiders. Many Kurds were in ISIS, for example.

Let’s not forget the Kurdish role in the Turkish holocaust against Armenian Christians – but that is something that Jewish Hollywood does not want you to know.

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