From the Spanish Civil War to Syria: Parceling Out Truth Subverts Justice George Orwell understood that ignoring obvious horrors for expediency’s sake is a roadblock to justice. Williams was told that The Nation had a line, so we could not write anything about intervention in Kosovo that was not outright condemnation. It would “aid imperialism” to say that Slobodan Milosevic built his power on unleashing genocidal impulses.
The reason that many of us oppose Assad’s regime is because it is ruthless and murderous, so there is absolutely no reason not to denounce such behavior when committed by some of “our” side. Indeed, there is even more reason to do so, since to be silent implies complicity. The truth is not only an effective principle, it is also an expedient weapon in the war of public opinion. We should pillory all who betray it. By Ian Williams, June 12, 2013

Bordering on a new World War I A discussion about the plight of the Syrian people. By Mary Kaldor, April 27, 2013 (From the recent book of essays The Syria Dilemma.)

Syrian leftist sends devastating reply to Assad apologist Tariq Ali and ‘Stop The War’ The article criticizes Tariq Ali for repeating the falsehoods of the Assad regime and for not being supportive of the opposition. By Syria Freedom Forever, July 25, 2012

What Kind of Support Do Syrians Want? Beneath layers of complexity and political wrangling, we should not forget that the Syrian revolutionaries are fighting for their basic rights to dignity, equality and a respectable standard of living. More than a political decision, supporting them is first and foremost a humanitarian and moral duty. By Mohammad Al Attar, May 20, 2012

Reporting Syria How journalists Robert Fisk, Nir Rosen, and Joseph Massad have framed Syria all wrong. By Robin Yassin-Kassab, Guernica, November 23, 2011

Framing Syria Fisk's reports from Syria focus on the brewing, deadly sectarianism; proving the existence of an armed opposition; equalizing the regime’s force with the people’s dissent, while casting the protesters’ narrative in a cloud of doubt. By Amal Hanano, Jadaliyya, November 20, 2011

For further examination of the motivations of those progressives who defend or ally with repressive regimes, click here. That discussion is about Kosovo, but Syria could easily be substituted.