Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The Gross Comedic Indecency of Walid Shoebat

Walid Shoebat is a Christian Palestinian whose income may be traced back to fundamentalist Evangelical funding.  He claims to "fight for the Jewish people".  The video above is obviously filmed in April 2007, and bears marks of late Bush era anti-Palestinian biases.  His baiting of Muslims is based in obvious Western biases, going as far as to invoke the Nazi Mufti in the first few minutes and diagnosing national liberation with drug use.  His inability to differentiate between Palestinian nationalism and petty vandalism is reminiscent of Stalin's screeds against Anarchism:
Some people believe that Marxism and anarchism are based on the same principles and that the disagreements between them concern only tactics, so that, in the opinion of these people, it is quite impossible to draw a contrast between these two trends.
This is a great mistake.
We believe that the Anarchists are real enemies of Marxism. Accordingly, we also hold that a real struggle must be waged against real enemies. Therefore, it is necessary to examine the "doctrine" of the Anarchists from beginning to end and weigh it up thoroughly from all aspects.
The point is that Marxism and anarchism are built up on entirely different principles, in spite of the fact that both come into the arena of the struggle under the flag of socialism. The cornerstone of anarchism is the individual, whose emancipation, according to its tenets, is the principal condition for the emancipation of the masses, the collective body. According to the tenets of anarchism, the emancipation of the masses is impossible until the individual is emancipated. Accordingly, its slogan is: "Everything for the individual." The cornerstone of Marxism, however, is the masses, whose emancipation, according to its tenets, is the principal condition for the emancipation of the individual. That is to say, according to the tenets of Marxism, the emancipation of the individual is impossible until the masses are emancipated. Accordingly, its slogan is: "Everything for the masses."
Shoebat obviously fails to grasp where the line exists between his own Anarchist tendencies and Marxist views in his emotional maturity.  The evolution of praxis he describes is simply insulting, in a very crass fashion.  But similarly, it is a proper diagnosis of the symptoms of illusion that define American media perceptions of the conflict.  He seems akin to the late Christopher Hitchens in tone, also.

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