[Marxism] Tariq Ali on the US election
lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Aug 6 19:13:48 MDT 2004
Ian Pace wrote:
> Just playing devil's advocate here - Blair has fought five wars in seven
> years of being prime minister. While those in Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Iraq
> Mark 1, and to some extent Afghanistan didn't elicit widespread protest, the
> Iraq war produced the largest anti-war protest in living memory. Couldn't a
> similar thing happen under Kerry (as we live in times of a certain modestly
> heightened geopolitical consciousness than was the case through that
> dreadful decade of the 1990s, the Clinton era)?
Who knows. Maybe the protests against Kerry will be even bigger than
those against Bush. That was one of the factors in the 1960s
radicalization--disillusionment with the "peace" president who then made
war (of course Kerry has promised more war). The main point really is
about class. You are crossing class lines when you urge a vote for
Kerry. It is like crossing a picket line. The Democrats have a much
bloodier history than the Labor Party in Britain could ever aspire to.
At least the left Laborites stood up to Blair. In the USA the Democrats
gave Bush 18 standing ovations during his speech calling for war against
the Iraqi people. We need to break with these bourgeois parties. Period.
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