As we are marching towards an imminent American attack on Syria, a conflict that can easily escalate into a regional disaster; it is embarrassing to recall that just four months ago some of our ‘leading’ political scientists were clumsy enough to lend their names to a pro interventionist petition. On April 8th we found out that Tariq Ali, Norman Finkelstein and Ilan Pappe, amongst others, demanded “that Bashar al-Asad leave immediately without excuses so that Syria can begin a speedy recovery towards a democratic future.”
I learned today that Tariq Ali confessed to friends that he regretted signing this interventionist petition, bless him. However, I wonder where Ilan Pappe and Norman Finkelstein stand on the issue? Is the looming American attack what they had in mind?
By Gilad Atzmon
August 31, 2013