No, it's not a tangent. I find it hard to believe Marx was unaware of the existence of the shtetls.
*If* he was unaware of the shtetls that doesn't make him / anyone an antisemite.
I'm not sure about what part of my arguments is false. Did Saddam Hussein gas Iraq's Kurds? Did Syria allow Kurds to use their language freely and recognize their citizenship claims before the Civil War? Does Syria even do that now?
If you want to stand with fascists because of geopolitical convenience that's your right. But then don't be surprised if people point that out.
I'm saying that the *West* has no business *interfering*, as with backing the FSA -- which just passed the Western weaponry onto the Islamists, who have sectarian and separatist interests, even if anti-Assad.
I don't / didn't support Saddam Hussein. That was a CIA matter, anyway.
I don't defend Syria against Kurdish nationalist-liberation interests. I'm pro-Kurdish / pro-oppressed-minority.