[Marxism] Heads up from Derrick O'Keefe

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Nov 27 13:59:01 MST 2003

Although Derrick is neither a US citizen (from Canada, I believe), a 
subscriber to Marxmail (but was in the past), he seems to be keeping up 
with the "evolution" of the American SWP and our discussions about that here.

He alerted me to a reply to a reader in the latest issue of the Militant 
about the character of the Iraqi resistance. Taking aim at the Workers 
World Party, which regards the resistance as anti-colonial and acts on that 
basis, the Militant says point blank that there is no genuine resistance:

"The logic of these statements [of the WWP] is a stance of political 
support for the Baathist regime of Saddam Hussein and favoring its return 
to power. The recent attacks on U.S., Italian, and other troops in Iraq 
have been largely carried out by remnants of the brutal party-police state 
the Baathist Party led, not a popular guerrilla force like the National 
Liberation Front of Vietnam that earned that popularity through its 
decades-long fight against French, Japanese, and U.S. imperialism. The 
attacks have been concentrated in the Sunni-dominated region of central 
Iraq, which had been the Baathist Party apparatus's main stronghold. That's 
why the claims by the U.S. forces of support or at least acceptance of 
their occupation by many, if not most, Iraqis are not simply a hoax."

full: http://themilitant.com/2003/6743/674336.html


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