A very incisive and well-articulates response by a reader of Sharmine Narwani’s excellent critique of Blumenthal’s theatrics here. Below is the reader’s comment:
I think Blumenthal’s post shows that no amount of intellect can preserve today’s liberal conscience from being defrauded by the control of information in the permanent war zone that has become the new century.
I had to take a screen-shot because I could not believe he would leave such a thing to stand for long. He is self-condemned by the facts, but he will sadly not learn them until Syria is in ruins and the historians have their turn.
Liberals still stand and salute good old liberal words like Opposition, Rebellion, Humanitarianism, and Democracy – without recognition that these labels have been controverted by neocons and their agents to mask covert state-busting strategies, and emptied out of all their dignity.
And how weak to lead off with a quote referencing something Assad’s dead father perpetrated in 1979. Does Mr. Blumenthal know that Hafez is dead since 2000? That Bashar was not even the son he was grooming for succession back in 1979 nor at any time during the 80s? I am not surprised that the Muslim Brotherhood believes it is still 1982 (the year of Hama), but Blumenthal undercuts his creds by trying to equate Bashar with the Syria of Hafez.
Keep up the good work, Sharmine!