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If you want to understand how so many Communists and fellow travelers could defend Stalin’s bloodthirsty tyranny in the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s, look no further than the behavior of a section of the self-proclaimed anti-war Left today. Global Research, a division of International Answer, reported yesterday that former Attorney General Ramsey Clark (1967-69) is now in Syria, where he is leading a delegation in support of the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

Joining him on the trip is former six-term member of Congress from Atlanta, Georgia, the virulently pro-Arab and anti-Israel Cynthia McKinney. (Her father blamed the loss of her ongressional seat on the Jews, who, he claimed, “bought everybody.”)

Also along for the trip were Dedon Kamathi of the All African People’s Revolutionary Party and the left-wing Pacifica Radio, and Johnny Achi of Arab Americans for Syria.

They are sponsored by the revolutionary socialist group International Answer, which ran anti-war rallies during the Bush-era Iraq War. Organizer Sara Flounders, who wrote the report and is accompanying the group, reported: “If anything, support [in Syria] for the government is much stronger now.”

Flounders and the group also praised the legion of gullible Western volunteers, who have flooded to Syria to willingly serve as human shields for Assad. They positioned themselves in areas they thought likely to be targeted by bombs. Calling the action “Over Our Dead Bodies,” they formed an encampment in 50 tents in the Mout Qassioun area of Damascus. “Democracy,” proclaimed organizer Ogarit Dandash, “will not come with American weapons.”

Not that they want democracy. Unless, perhaps, it’s the “people’s democracies” imposed on Eastern Europe by Stalin at the end of the second World War.

BuzzFeed reported that McKinney praised the Assad regime on her Facebook page for its socially progressive policies:

I am in Syria now with former Attorney General Ramsey Clark, where residents enjoy free education and free healthcare. … Visited a Damascus hospital, the Grand Mufti, a school that has been turned into residences for Internally Displaced Persons. Ended the Day with Ogarit Dandash who founded “Over Our Dead Bodies,” a group of young people who climbed atop Mount Qasioun and dared U.S. bombs to target them. They are still there in defiant resistance to any war against Syria. Mount Qasioun should be the site of a peace party, not bombing strikes.

Just like with Cuba, free health care and free education for the loyal portion of the Alawite minority trump the over 100,000 civilians killed by Assad in the past few years. What are their deaths compared to the joy of establishing socialism? Stalin, after all, killed millions in his valiant attempt to create the communist future. Now, with Assad, Clark and McKinney feel they once again have a chance to start off where Stalin failed.

To be fair, I should point out that Clark’s views are even too much for some on the Left. Writing in Salon, Ian Williams pointed out a few years ago that “Clark has become the tool of left-wing cultists who defend Slobodan Milosevic, Saddam Hussein, and Rwandan torturers as anti-imperialist heroes.”

In his interesting profile, Williams also puts his finger on why so many of his leftist comrades are reluctant to criticize Clark:

Many liberals and leftists cut Clark a considerable degree of slack. For a start he is almost the only person the American left has had in high public office since World War II, even if it was a retrospective success, since his long march leftward only began afterward. His views as the former attorney general are listened to with a respect that would be accorded to few others with such eccentric opinions. As a revered spokesman of the left, he is a perfect symbol for its near-impotence in American politics today.

To put it another way, they may think Clark is cuckoo, but since he was one of their own who actually held high office, they do not want to publicly attack him. You never know, after all, when something they support will be attacked and they might need Clark to jump in and come to their defense.

As for McKinney, she supported Muamaar Gaddafi during the Obama administration’s actions to topple his regime, and appeared on Libyan state TV in defense of the ruler.

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Hey Ron - on questions of facts only

You wrote about Diana West's book - although you would say you wrote about Diana West - that "...show that she even fails to understand the nature of unrefined uranium the Soviets actually received under Lend-Lease, which was not strategic in terms of making an atomic weapon."

Are you serious? I hope you are lying for if you mean it then you are either stupid or too impressionable - and you aren't stupid.

The Uranium sent to the Soviet Union was one step away from that refinement needed to be sufficiently refined to produce an atomic weapon where the actual yield would approach higher than 80% of its potential yield - the difference in percentage yields being the degree of refinement.

But the Uranium sent was useable to make lower yield detonations. IN fact the amounts sent were close to half of our reserves of uranium refined even to that degree.

And we know, don;t we, that Stalin wasn't fastidious or a perfectionist in any manner at all - don't we.



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"To put it another way, they may think Clark is cuckoo ... ... As for McKinney, she supported Muamaar Gaddafi during the Obama administration’s actions to topple his regime, and appeared on Libyan state TV in defense of the ruler."

Clark and McKinney are a la carte cuckoo. Obama, Kerry/Hillary, McCain and Graham are the full meal deal cuckoo. Things are now even worse in Libya (On to Syria !!) and we got 4 dead Americans out of the Benghazi result of it. It would have been aroud thirty but for the self-sacrificing, courageous two former Navy Seals the graves and families of which the democrats in Congress just spit on.
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And Obama, Kerry, McCain, Graham and others support the blood thirsty, Christian killing rapist shariah jihadi terrorists ... I'm sorry as I am suppose to say "freedom fighters" or at least "rebels" ... and want to further arm them. Which is worse?

Russian Patriarch to Obama: Syria’s Christians Nearing ‘Extermination’
The leader of Russia's 150 million Orthodox Christians begs the president not to give aid to Syrian jihadis.

"Syria: Atrocities against Christians by the U.S.-backed jihadis know no bounds — such as the recent gang rape and slaughter of a 15-year-old Christian girl by the U.S.-supported “freedom fighters.” And now in Ma‘loula, Christians are being forced to choose between converting to Islam or dying and other atrocities."
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64 yrs old and have been a conservative for most of my life. Was in the military for 20yrs and did Vietnam x3. BUT I am surprised I am backing Assad. The very idea of arming Muslim Rebels against a dictator yes , but a Dictator that protects Christians and allows all forms of religion openly. Why give Guns and Missiles to the people that want to kill you , unless they give something in return. I now believe , more than ever that Obama is a Muslim and wants to help Islam spread throughout the world. The Dems helping him are traitors to their country. Sorry America , you voted them in.
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Re: "a group of young people who climbed atop Mount Qasioun and dared U.S. bombs to target them."

By astonishing non-coincidence:
Mount Qasioun hosts a major Syrian military base.
It overlooks the presidential palace.
If you plot the "back azimuths" of the weapon trajectories the UN inspectors reported for the chemical rocket attacks, here is where they meet.

Funny how "human shields" don't show up when the dictator is the one doing the bombing.
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Hey Ron - on questions of facts only

You wrote about Diana West's book - although you would say you wrote about Diana West - that "...show that she even fails to understand the nature of unrefined uranium the Soviets actually received under Lend-Lease, which was not strategic in terms of making an atomic weapon."

Are you serious? I hope you are lying for if you mean it then you are either stupid or too impressionable - and you aren't stupid.

The Uranium sent to the Soviet Union was one step away from that refinement needed to be sufficiently refined to produce an atomic weapon where the actual yield would approach higher than 80% of its potential yield - the difference in percentage yields being the degree of refinement.

But the Uranium sent was useable to make lower yield detonations. IN fact the amounts sent were close to half of our reserves of uranium refined even to that degree.

And we know, don;t we, that Stalin wasn't fastidious or a perfectionist in any manner at all - don't we.



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Ah, Ramsey Clark! Is he still alive? He was moonbatty before moonbatty was cool.

Decades ago I described him as "a lot like William Kunstler, if Kunstler were a blithering idiot."
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Flagra Solaris, Yes, it would be interesting to see us fight 7th Century ideologues but these ideologues are armed with 21st century weapons. That plus I think there is about a billion of them. I don't see how there could be a Crusade on that many.

That being said, this war in Syria is like a game with two teams you don't like. It doesn't matter which one wins. Now if there was a way for the Christians and the few moderate Muslims to back off, regroup, train and then when the Assad side and the Al Quada side finish killing each other then they could come in and mop up.
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Ramsey is still around making an ass of himself? McKinny serendipitously ended up on the right side in the Libya fiasco, and at least tactically on the right side in this fiasco. That said, there seems to be blurred lines and confusion on all sides.
Some leftist support Assad, apparently because he is a client of the former USSR led by a former KGB strongman - an avowed enemy of the US. Other leftists support al Qaeda, a Muslim terrorist organization - also an enemy of the US and the world. Both of the factions championed by the respective leftist groups have similar tyrannical goals; Assad locally and al Qaeda globally.
Meanwhile, Neo-cons,the progressives of the “right”, support the “rebels” - which is tacit support for al-Qaeda. The bulk of conservatives say stay out of it. There are no good guys and no immediate or over-riding US interests at stake - and nothing we can do but make matters worse.
Unfortunately the Goober In Charge opened his mindless mouth and put his “credibility” on the line. Putin reeled in the line and has offered the US a Hobson’s choice. The Goober is out of horses - and so are we.
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They positioned themselves in areas they thought likely to be targeted by bombs.

I really don't need any further evidence that leftists are insane, but they keep on providing it anyway. I wonder what the likes of Assad really think about such absurd fans. If they're not careful they might kill him with laughter even before the first bomb drops. Not that I'm in favor of replacing this butcher with the even worse murderers of the MoBros and AQ, but there's a long way between calculating that he is the least of two evils and actually defending this criminal with your very life just because your father doesn't like him.
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I thought the leftist's patron saint, our resident in chief, wanted to lob a couple of cruise missiles in Assad's lap. Hmmmm.... a change in leftist strategy?
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Poll: Newly Minted War Monger Democrats Back Attacking Syria Over Republicans By 20-Point Margin, 56%-36%…

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/09/09/politics/syria-poll-main/index.html?hpt=hp_t1
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