[Marxism] Al Qaeda
plf13 at student.canterbury.ac.nz
Tue Mar 23 16:50:24 MST 2004
> Even when the movement is relatively accountable to the
> such as the PKK in Turkey or the Provos in Northern Ireland, these
> have not benefited from a single bomb going off.
Well, I don't know about the PKK, but I do totally disagree with Louis here.
I remember once being at an internal Sinn Fein conference and someone
who was climbing the leadership ladder, an ex-leader of the Irish
section of the Fourth International, said something very similar. She
actually claimed that the struggle had not benefited by the death of one
single RUC member. A lot of us just looked at each other in amazement
that anyone in Sinn Fein could possibly hold this view. A few of us who
discussed it after put it down to that comrade's long involvement in
Trotskyism. (Interestingly, it is people like her who are now central
leaders of SF.)
In fact, it is impossible to wage a national liberation struggle without
bombs going off. The reason that the FI (and the rest of the Trotskyist
currents) have never led a national liberation struggle is in no small
part due to their lack of understanding of the role of revolutionary
violence in such situations.
When part of Ireland was under imperialist occupation a movement which
failed to utilise forms of armed struggle, including bombs, was never
going to be taken seriously by the oppressed. This is why Trotksyists
in Ireland recruited school teachers and social workers, while the
worst-off sections of workers joined the various wings of the Republican
Movement and the Republican Socialist Movement. (The exception was
Militant, which attracted some workers in the South on economistic
politis, but which failed to amke any real headway in the nationalist
working class ghettoes in the north).
Bombs in the Irish struggle could never *win* the struggle, but the
struggle itself was not possible without them. Bloody Sunday was the
proof of this and the hunger strikes merely proved it doubly.
None of this in any way legitimises Al-Qaeda, who are *not* a liberation
movement and has nothing poltically in common with any liberation
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