[Marxism] Marxist Tactics and Armed Struggle

paul bunyan cutemdown2003 at yahoo.com
Thu Jun 24 07:49:15 MDT 2004

There is a difference between "terrorism" and "armed struggle". Setting off a bomb in a market place is NOT armed struggle. Engaging in armed combat with the police and army is armed struggle. There is a big difference here. There is no blanket rule whether to go this route or not. For example, to have engaged is "mass struggle" in El Salvador in the 70's and 80's would have been suicidal. Mass actions, would have presented mass targets to the police and military. Revolutionaries and even reformists for that matter had no other option. On the other hand, in Iran, even with a repressive regime, mass actions, along with strikes, and the defection, or at least the refusal of the army to fire on their own people proved to be much more effective than guerrilla warfare could have ever hoped to have been. The betrayal of that revolution is another story.
Armed struggle is legitimate, only when no other option exists. Indiscriminate terrorism, I submit is never legitimate. 

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