Shining Path and Ridgway
jjazz at freenet.hamilton.on.ca
Mon Sep 11 18:46:38 MDT 1995
On Mon, 11 Sep 1995, Maoist Internationalist Movement wrote:
> MIM replies: if factually true the above is bad. The "La Gringa" thing
> has the taste of a police concocted story, however. We should try to
> look harder at the social composition of the PCP-led movement.
=09I agree that it has that `feel' to it, but then there are=20
Sendero's many crimes...
> Are you meaning to say if one militant makes a gross mistake you=20
> should call off the revolution? Do you fantasize that the masses
> and PCP army militants are perfect? Are there any revolutions that have
> occurred that you supported that didn't have such violence?
> How does picking at one case of violence to typify a revolution
> differ from the tactics of the police?
=09Such ultra-left violence has shown again and again that it ends=20
up COSTING the People's support -- and the Revolution. Hell -- even if=20
they win, every indication is of Pol Pot II...
> If you are meaning to ask about this case of violence, then why don't you=
> also print the PCP 's self-criticisms for killing the wrong people someti=
> that are spray-painted on buildings in Peru?
=09This is an excuse??
> MIM replies: I gather from your reprinting this part without comment
> that you haven't studied this deeply yet. Since that time these
> IU people you talk about helped engineer Fujimori to power. He
> abolished what you call "the legal Left;" albeit partially by
> incorporating some of its ever-putrid elements.
> Have you no shame for what the IU path led to? Fujimori now leads
> a military dictatorship openly. This is in contrast to the=20
> covert military dictatorship of social-democratic figleaf regimes
> in the past.
=09You think the answer to Social Democrat perfidy is assassination
> The central fact is this: Peru's "legal Left" has remarkable
> flexibility in serving in Parliament and military regimes in=20
> craven capitulation. The only organization otherwise--and
> there was every stripe imaginable in Peru, Trots, Deng Xiaopingers,
> social-dems etc--the only other organization to actually be independent
> of the government was the pro-Cuban group, and even that one
> dissolved in 1993. Now it is PCP vs. the military dictatorship.
> That's all.
=09I'm sure Sendero has had a BIG hand in creating this sad
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