[Marxism] "The US defeat in Fallujah"

DLVinvest at cs.com DLVinvest at cs.com
Mon May 3 22:12:35 MDT 2004

In a message dated 5/2/04 1:22:57 PM Mountain Daylight Time, 
ffeldman at bellatlantic.net writes: 
> "Vietnam Syndrome" is not JUST a fear of US casualties, although it
> is that.  It is a deeper popular sentiment, a bit of TRUE consciousness
> about  class interests, mistrust of the government and the military
> brass that took root through a deep national and international
> experience.

if you look at the post-mortems that came out of the imperal think-tanks -- 
the war colleges and RAND-type academics, most of the serious (objective) 
military strategists actually agree with your assessment: the issue was not simply 
morale of the troops, but mass reluctance growing into open refusal of 
workingclass kids to fight the imperial war; their strategy shifted to more firepower 
(investment of capital in technological means of destruction), "intelligence" 
(know the enemy, which they're not very good at because of their ideological 
blinders), and a more specialized, trained and ideologically loyal 
"professional" and "volunteer" (mercenary) military that required some concessions to the 
anti-racist and anti-sexist movements that accomapnied the anti-war movement

so we got Colin Powell and Condee Rice out front of the parade now

But I have yet to see evidence that the anti-imperialist resistance in Iraq, 
heroice though it may be,  has the mass support (let alone the class-conscious 
leadership) that led to victory in Vietnam, at the pirce of terrible 
devastation that has arguably stunted and deformed the socialist society to which it 
gave birth. And I fear that the bosses here this time around will be even more 
ruthless and destructive in attempting to annihilate that resistance: They 
certainly cannot afford to fold, and therefore seem willing to raise the ante in 
sending even more troops, annihilating more Iraqis, and thereby risk greater 
defeat as resistance spreads from the Pillars of Hercules to the Indonesian 

Yet I'm wondering if Fidel was proposing some kind of analogue to the united 
front against fascism when he proposed an international approach to 
"terrorism": Can we build a movement that supports resistance to imperialism while 
condemning the reactionary leadership of that resistance? Or is there some way to 
reconcile Marxism with a "national liberation" movement led by and inspired by 
religion, in this case Islam, which has been interpreted as inimical to 
"godless communists" as any Pope? 

Attempts to build alliances between revolutionary left and "progresssive" 
including religiously-inspired forces fell apart in Central America in the 80s. 
The Iranian Mujaheddin e Khalq tried to adapt Marxism to Islam in fighting the 
Shah and the clercal-theocrats in Iran but now find themselves confined under 
guard in occupied Iraq, pawns at the mercy of the US invaders.

Douglas L. Vaughan, Jr.
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