[Marxism] Re: Militant...
elishastephens at hotmail.com
Fri Nov 28 08:00:38 MST 2003
There are many ways to express rightist sentiment - I found this one, which
Fred and Jose didn't comment on, telling:
>The anti-Bush protests, however, were smaller than earlier peace actions.
Skipping over the claim that these were "anti-Bush" protests, and not
"anti-occupation" protests, a point which HAS already been touched on, I
find the rest of the sentence rather interesting. First is the claim that
these actions were "smaller than earlier peace actions." Yes, they were.
They were also somewhere between 100,000 and 300,000 strong, one hell of a
sizeable action, and quite probably the largest weekday action ever in
Britain. That certainly makes them a resounding success, and a demonstration
of the STRENGTH of the British movement, not its weakness.
Second, even if they HAD been a "failure" and, say, only attracted 10,000
people, the "job" of a supposedly revolutionary newspaper is not to
emphasize the negative. Whatever happened to "revolutionary optimism"?
And third, I note that use of that word "however." Maybe I'm reading too
much between the lines, but to me that word indicates a writer who is
gloating in the fact that the actions were "smaller," rather than regretting
The fact that these demonstrations were organized by the STOP THE WAR
coalition seems to have been totally lost on the Militant.
And by the way, given this fact included by the Militant:
>London currently has 9,000 troops in the imperialist occupation force
>in Iraqthe largest contingent after the 130,000 U.S. troops.
it is really likely that British revolutionists could end the occupation of
Iraq by focusing all their fire on their "own" imperialists and forcing the
withdrawal of the 9,000 British troops? Obviously, that's a laughable claim,
and I'm going to go further and claim, along the lines of something I wrote
earlier, that in today's "globalized" world, the concept of one's "own"
imperialists needs to be stretched a bit, because the actions of the U.S.
have every bit as much consequence for British workers as they do for
American workers, and for British workers to somehow be defending "British"
interests as opposed to American interests or USuk interests is practically
impossible. So focusing fire on BOTH ruling classes, or even PRIMARILY at
this juncture on the American ruling class, is ENTIRELY APPROPRIATE, and
arguably the best contribution the British movement can make.
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