[Marxism] The Imperialist Squeeze on Sudan

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Aug 29 07:42:11 MDT 2004

Tony Abdo wrote:
> The proliferation of European and US weapons and militaries in North 
> Africa is how we got into yet another horrible massacre that is now 
> occurring in Darfur. 

This is false to the core. The civil wars in the Sudan cannot be blamed 
on imperialism. They have internal roots in ethnic divisions that 
precede imperialism. The Northern Islamic bourgeoisie oppressed the 
Christian and Animist South, just as the Ethiopian Christians oppressed 
Eritreans to their North and Omoros to their South. Africa was class 
divided before the Europeans arrived. Europe exploited these class 
distinctions but they have an independent existence.

Khartoum seeks to keep the South in a subordinate position just as 
Baghdad, Ankara and Tehran seek to keep the Kurds in a subordinate 
position. The Kurds were fucked over long before Europe and the USA 
became a factor in the Mideast.

The only way that Sudan can overcome ethnic strife is by uprooting 
national oppression just as the Bolsheviks did. The Russian Empire was a 
prisonhouse of nations, even though Russia was colonized by the West. To 
sweep the problem of national oppression under the rug is not only 
anti-Marxist, it is counter-revolutionary.

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