Justice and taking sides

Russell Grinker grinker at SPAMmweb.co.za
Mon Oct 11 23:25:30 MDT 1999



Juan

You're right of course.  Sorry about the sloppy use of this kind of
shorthand.

Regards

Russell

-----Original Message-----
From: Juan R. Fajardo <fajardos at ix.netcom.com>
To: marxism at lists.panix.com <marxism at lists.panix.com>
Date: Tuesday, October 12, 1999 7:11 AM
Subject: Re: Justice and taking sides


>Russell wrote:
>> When an imperialist
>> country like Britain is at war with a small country like Iraq or
Argentina,
>> his duty in Britain should be to take sides with that country.
>
>Russell, I think that to be accurate this should read:
>"When an imperialist country like Britain is at war with a country like
>Iraq or Argentina ..."
>
>Neither Argetina nor Iraq is a small country, certainly not in
>comparison to the Bristish Isles.  The reason that such countries get
>pushed around is not size but economics and politics.  Israel is smaller
>than any of the three countries mentioned but it does not get messed
>with like that because it has very big backup, similarly China got
>pushed around in days past by much smaller Britain because its leaders
>ahd not the political will nor economic incentive to unite against the
>agressors instead of cutting favorable individual deals with them.  You
>ask a comprador economy to stand up to imperialism, ...well, -never mind
>all that, just ask it to give the IMF a dirty look- and you won't get
>very far.  To use a phrase usually heard in other contexts, it's not
>size that counts, but what you do with what you've got.
>
>_ Juan










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