[Marxism] Iraqi Resistance

Paddy Apling e.c.apling at btinternet.com
Wed May 25 08:22:22 MDT 2005


Zmag has an extremely thoughtful (but very long) article by Stephen R 
Shalom, entitled "The Anti-War Movement and Iraq" at
<http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=15&ItemID=7933> 
which deserves a good read.

It contains the paragraphs:

   What do we know about the resistance groups? Some of what supporters of 
the resistance tell us should give us pause. For example, Ramadani says 
that among the resistance, there's really

	"no single dominant organization. There are Islamists..., 				Arab 
nationalists, and secular forces. The secular trends are strong but lack 
strong pan-Iraqi organizations. They range from left-wing trends to former 
Baathists who denounced Saddam for 'surrendering' Iraq to the U.S.-led 
forces."[42]

Now first of all I wonder how Ramadani can be so sure there are no current 
Baathists among the resistance, a point to which I'll return. But consider 
these "former Baathists who denounced Saddam for 'surrendering' Iraq to the 
U.S.-led forces." Was this Saddam's greatest crime?: not that he murdered 
thousands, ran rape centers, and established a ruthless police state, but 
that he didn't put up a stiff enough fight against the United States? 
Frankly, I think this may have been one of the most humane things Saddam 
ever did, given that in military-versus-military combat against the United 
States the Iraqis would have been overwhelmed, with vastly more casualties. 
If we didn't support the brutal and dictatorial Saddam (though he fought 
against U.S. imperialism) why would we want to support his henchmen who now 
object not to his brutality or his dictatorship but to the fact that he was 
a wimp?

Referenes:
41.        Sami Ramadani, "'Iraqis Need Our Active Solidarity' 
(Interview)," International Socialist Review, March-April 2005, p. 28 
(interviewed by ISR's Eric Ruder just before Jan. 30 election). Ramadani 
refers to the "definitive" article, but I assume this is a typo.

42.        Ramadani, "Iraqis Need...," pp. 28-29.

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I would just like to say that the sentence:
"Frankly, I think this may have been one of the most humane things Saddam 
ever did, given that in military-versus-military combat against the United 
States the Iraqis would have been overwhelmed, with vastly more 
casualties."  repeats something I wrote in one my contributions to this 
list 18 months or so ago....

[I don't write this just to bloe my own trumpet, but to illustrate one 
reason why the article deserves a good read]

Greetings,
Paddy
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