Critical distance and open minds on Syria

Well said, Jonathan Cook!

“It surprises me how many otherwise sane leftists keep falling into this mischievous (mendacious?) mode of argument when it comes to the latest “humanitarian” intervention.

 There are very good reasons why it is vital to keep at the forefront of our minds possible or plausible, even if unproven, accounts from the “other side”.

 Chief among them is the point that, as the powerful western states and their media vassals have no interest in promoting or investigating accounts that challenge their own claims, such stories usually lie buried on the margins of public consciousness. If we don’t work hard to identify these stories and give them space, they will be entirely lost to the public debate.”

It surprises me how many otherwise sane leftists keep falling into this mischievous (mendacious?) mode of argument when it comes to the latest “humanitarian” intervention.

There are very good reasons why it is vital to keep at the forefront of our minds possible or plausible, even if unproven, accounts from the “other side”.

Chief among them is the point that, as the powerful western states and their media vassals have no interest in promoting or investigating accounts that challenge their own claims, such stories usually lie buried on the margins of public consciousness. If we don’t work hard to identify these stories and give them space, they will be entirely lost to the public debate.

– See more at: http://www.jonathan-cook.net/blog/2013-09-25/critical-distance-and-open-minds-on-syria/#sthash.406yEXtG.dpuf

It surprises me how many otherwise sane leftists keep falling into this mischievous (mendacious?) mode of argument when it comes to the latest “humanitarian” intervention.

There are very good reasons why it is vital to keep at the forefront of our minds possible or plausible, even if unproven, accounts from the “other side”.

Chief among them is the point that, as the powerful western states and their media vassals have no interest in promoting or investigating accounts that challenge their own claims, such stories usually lie buried on the margins of public consciousness. If we don’t work hard to identify these stories and give them space, they will be entirely lost to the public debate.

– See more at: http://www.jonathan-cook.net/blog/2013-09-25/critical-distance-and-open-minds-on-syria/#sthash.406yEXtG.dpuf

It surprises me how many otherwise sane leftists keep falling into this mischievous (mendacious?) mode of argument when it comes to the latest “humanitarian” intervention.

There are very good reasons why it is vital to keep at the forefront of our minds possible or plausible, even if unproven, accounts from the “other side”.

Chief among them is the point that, as the powerful western states and their media vassals have no interest in promoting or investigating accounts that challenge their own claims, such stories usually lie buried on the margins of public consciousness. If we don’t work hard to identify these stories and give them space, they will be entirely lost to the public debate.

– See more at: http://www.jonathan-cook.net/blog/2013-09-25/critical-distance-and-open-minds-on-syria/#sthash.406yEXtG.dpuf

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About angelajoya

Assistant Professor, Middle East Political Economy, at the University of Oregon. Currently writing on the Egyptian revolution and the Syrian crisis.
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