What can you say about somebody who has been blogging for more than a year and whose blog has barely collected 2,500 hits in all that time, and no comments (DR, for contrast, is less than a year old and has nearly 50,000 hits and over 750 comments)?
Whatever it is, that’s what you’d say about George Mason University Professor Mark N. Katz.
Then take a look at MarkNKatz.com, where he tries to hawk his book about Iraq and Afghanistan. It looks like it’s been thrown together by a four-year-old, and touts the good professor’s publications in lofty forums like “Fair Observer” and “New Zealand International Review” and “The Bangladesh Daily Star” as if they were something to be proud of. Yikes.
In terms of book sales, his tome does not rank in the top six hundred thousand on Amazon and has only been reviewed twice. Ouch.
Can it be any kind of surprise, then, that this hysterically insipid loser has published an op-ed piece in the Moscow Times that is full of outrageous misstatements about Russia?
Katz claims in his “analysis” that the U.S. is doing the same thing in Bahrain that Russia is doing in Syria, and concludes that the U.S. can’t try to stop Russian barbarism in Syria until it stops its own barbarism in Bahrain. In other words, he’s helping Russia to go on committing genocide in Syria, including the butchery of women and children.
In a stunningly dishonest propaganda diatribe, Katz totally ignores the two critical differences between Syria and Bahrain, focusing only on what he weirdly believes are similarities. Katz ignores the fact that the U.S. is doing nothing to block international pressure on Bahrain the way Russia is directly flouting worldwide opposition to the Assad dictatorship. And Katz ignores the fact that there is no genocide in Bahrain, only a dictatorial crackdown.
There’s much more, of course. Bahrain has a population of 1.2 million, while Syria has a population of 20.4 million. Bahrain is an insignificant backwater in the Middle East, while Syria is a key power player. Bahrain is not giving massive aid and comfort to the rogue, terrorist-supporting regime in Iran the way Syria is doing, nor does Bahrain threaten Israel in any way, shape or form. To the contrary, Bahrain has been a bulwark of opposition to Iranian terror. If Syria is hiring American policemen to help reform its law enforcement mechanisms, the way Bahrain has done, we must have missed it. If Russia had anything to do with forcing Syria to reform in this manner, we’ll eat our hats. In fact, Russia could not do so because Russia’s own law enforcement mechanisms are at least as corrupt as Syria’s. In fact, if anything, it’s Syria that need so to send supervising cops to Russia.
It’s hardly even possible to grasp the full scope of Katz’s bizarre fantasy that Russian and U.S. “naval bases’ in the two countries are similar. In fact, Russia has no navy to speak of and its “base” in Syria is a ridiculous sham, while the U.S. has an enormous strategic presence in Bahrain. In other words, it would be far, far more difficult for the US to walk away from its base than for Russia to abandon its own.
Katz also chooses to ignore, of course, that the U.S. is a thriving pluralistic democracy where Russia remains a backwards dictatorship. He totally ignores that Russia itself brutalizes its own population the same way its close pal is doing in Syria. That doesn’t matter to him either, it seems.
Let’s be perfectly clear: The argument that there is some type of moral equivalency between U.S. policy on Bahrain and Russian policy on Syria is a Kremlin argument. It is the classic, neo-Soviet way in which the Russian dictatorship always seeks to justify its barbaric support for dictatorship abroad. This argument seeks to blunt international criticism of Russia’s Syria policy, and in so doing to help Russia continue to support the genocidal actions of the Syrian dictatorship, just as it has consistently done throughout the Middle East.
And this American is offering that argument. He’s telling the world that American is just as bad as Russia, so America should sit down and shut up and let the blood continue to flow in Syria so Russia can line its pockets with arms sales and spiking oil prices.
There’s only one word for doing that: treachery.