AW: AW: Jihad and Revolution in Chechnya

Nestor Miguel Gorojovsky Gorojovsky at
Sat Aug 12 07:49:15 MDT 2000

I do not want to meddle in the debate over Chechnya, which in my own
opinion is -at the very least- more complex than the way Julio P puts
it. But since we have many voices from the region on the list, I
prefer to learn from the debate rather than interrupt it.  There is,
however, only one point I want to make, which is simply that there is
a great difference in the attitude towards Marxism of the Chechen
guerrillas and Hugo Chávez. When Chávez visited Argentina five years
ago, in a time when he was still not President, and he received every
kind of shit from mainstream press because he had attempted an
"antidemocratic" coup d'état, he delivered two speeches only. One of
them he chose to deliver at the local of a Marxist organization,
namely mine!

The foreign relations minister of Chávez, José Vicente Rangel, has
never denied his Marxist ideas (he was one of the founders of the
combative Movimiento al Socialismo during the 70s), and Chávez is not
at all an enemy of Marxism. True, he believes that his own ideas are
better than those of Marx. OK, he has a right to do so (he probably
believes that his own ideas are better than those of anybody alive or
dead, for that matter). But he is not an enemy, not at all.

On the contrary, people such as Chavez defy us Marxists and force us
to generate new, fresh insights in a manner that can be found only
through debate while struggling in pursue of the same goal.

Néstor Miguel Gorojovsky
gorojovsky at

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