[Marxism] Sleepwalking? Hey, Comrade, do you even know where you are at?
gojack10 at hotmail.com
Thu Apr 1 11:58:51 MST 2004
One of the impressions I have about having lived as a US Leftist through the
late '70s and all the '80s, was the impression that the entire US population
sleptwalk throughout almost this entire period of time. Almost everybody in
the US Left was into cheerleading 'solidarity' campaigns, but almost nobody
seemed to think about, or even know much about, the even more real, major US
military battlegrounds of that time, those of the Afghanistan and the Iran/
Iraq conflicts. Instead, almost all Left attention was given to opposing US
interventionism in El Salvador and Nicaragua.
Part of the reason for this was the abandonment of the antiwar movement by
the US SWP. This left the antiwar movement arena of political activism in
the hands of Left religious activists, to a great degree. And this favored
'solidarity' activism and pacifism, as oppsed to mobilizing people with
demos and non-ecclesiastical teach-ins. So the more major areas of US
military interventionism outside of Liberation influenced Latin America,
went by greatly unnoticed, and unreported upon. The nuns and priests
weren't interested, so most none of the rest of us were, either.
Something similar seems to be still underway today, and largely for the same
reasons of Left socialist underinvolvement (WWP eforts not withstanding) in
the antiwar arena. A lot of this political vacuum is filled by Libertarian
activism now, instead of just the religious pacifist crowd, that still keeps
up its good works though. As a result, we still have a polticial movement
that really is kind of trailing behind while the US military is being
deployed to the front.
I bought my daughter a new globe (true) during a recent travel through
Roswell, New Mexico, and it helps a lot to just look at one for a sec or
two. First, look at Yugoslavia, and then follow through by looking at all
the seas to the South and East of that unfortunate country.... the
Mediterranean, the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Oman/ Persian
Gulf. Then hop up to Kashmir, for a sec, and then go back to touring the
seas once again... the Aral, the Caspian, and back over west to the Black
Sea. Let's forget about Africa and other spots for a bit now. And even
forget about the north of South America. Just pick up that globe and kind of
stare at it directly at Armenia for a minute or two. Do you even know where
you are at right now?
This is not a senseless exercise at all. You are not reading the Militant,
say? You are not listening to Donald Rumsfield talking about democracy in
Iraq. Neither are you with the National Organization of Women in Kabul. And
neither have you been exiled to the Central African Republic with Aristide.
We have not landed with Pat Robertson in The Holy Land. We are not in Mecca.
We are not with the European Left in Bosnia, neither. Stangely enough, we
have come to plant our gaze on an area where the victims of the dying
Ottoman Empire's genocide today reside. This is where the Tsars bashed heads
with the Sultans, and today, Isamic fundamentalism clashes with Russian
Orthodox clashes with Benny Hinn clashes with the secular Dick Cheneyites.
Now get out a compass, and draw some increasingly bigger circles around this
small country, Armenia. That is where your military is at, Dude. Don't wait
until the people are in the streets to talk about it though, Comrade. You
are supposed to help inform them BEFORE, not AFTER the fact. You are
building socialist leadership, right? Hey, let the common folks (masses)
there is a war going on, and that it has somehing to do with Iraq, but just
a little. Maybe Ralph and Peter won't have the time to do it. And Noam is
getting old and might be lost in East Timor somewhere still.
Whatever.. we don't want the people learning about Iraq/ Iran and
Afghanistan on another Sept 11 the hard way again. The time to educate is
now, not later. Get the US Out of Southwest Asia Now! Has kind of a funny
ring to it though.
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