On Najibullah

Robert Malecki malecki at algonet.se
Thu Oct 3 23:46:05 MDT 1996

Adam writes;
>The Taliban offer nothing but a continuation of Afghanistan
>poeple's misery, in a slightly different form.
>But to mourn Najibullah's death is ridiculous.
>The death of one of the corrupt hypocritical Imperialist backed
>dictators shouldn't be mourned. My only problem with his execution
>is that unfortunately they've just been replaced by another lot of
>corrupt hypocritical Imperialist backed dictators.

Any kind of marxist orientation goes right out the window when Adam starts
spouting his state capitalism (social imperialist?) line here. Of course the
death of Najibullah
does not raise tears to the eye where as Richard starts posting
revolutionary arbituaries. But the difference between mullah fundementalism
and the "reforms" of the pro Soviet bureaucracy must and should be defended
by Trotskyists. In fact i am almost to the point where i could say that even
bougeois democracy could be defended against these Mullah fundementalist
taking us back to the middle ages.

Bob Malecki

>A political alternative to fundamentalism in Afghanistan will only
>become viable in the region when the working class in Pakistan,
>Iran, and the Muslim states in the ex USSR moves into action again.
>Stalinist politics, which we have seen here in the mourning of
>Najibullah, are an obstacle to this. In fact, by identifying socialism
>with a set of regimes which oppress ordinary muslims, Stalinist politics
>directly strengthens the various shades of fundamentalism.
>[ And quite what Gary's "the gains they represented for the workers" means
>to some Uzbeck agricultural worker who has seen their country turned
>into a cotton plantation by Russian Imperialism I don't know. There is a
>more concrete basis to talk about "the gains they represented for the workers"
>of your average liberal democracy. It doesn't make liberal democracies some
>none capitalist "workers state" , however large the quotation marks. ]
>What I want to know is why the dregs of Stalinism, who have dissappeared
>from the real world, have rematerialised on m1 ? Don't you lot understand ?
>Your politics have died, gone, kaput. It's the end. You lot perverted the
>real meaning of socialism for 60 years and now it's all over. The CPGB
>understood this and had the good grace to commit political suicide. You lot
>are like the living hairs on a corpse.
>Adam Rose
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