[Marxism] Achcar in retrospect

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Nov 30 08:55:39 MST 2005

Gilbert Achcar (2/25/2005):
Faced with the prospect of a clash with the Shia majority, Washington is 
determined to use any means necessary to counter that threat, including an 
"anti-Iranian" alliance with the Baathists. After all, had not Washington 
already entered for many years an alliance with Saddam Hussein himself 
against the Iranian regime?

All these developments stress one more time the necessity for the 
anti-imperialist left abroad to be very discerning in its attitude to the 
very complex Iraqi situation, and to avoid pitfalls such as an unqualified 
support to the Iraqi resistance without the necessary distinctions, and the 
simplistic belief that the only legitimate or effective form of struggle is 
the armed one.

full: http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?ItemID=7308


Tom Engelhardt (11/30/2005):
For well over a year now, Human Rights Watch has been cataloguing Interior 
Ministry abuses and warning about a human rights catastrophe unraveling in 
"our" Iraq. Last July, Peter Beaumont of the British Observer revealed that 
the Shiite religious/political powers-that-be had set up not one 
detention-and-torture center but a whole "ghost network" of them -- in some 
cases, he gave locations – in Baghdad and other Iraqi cities, partly 
financed by British and American funds originally intended for the 
rebuilding of the police force. In these centers, torture methods 
"resurrected from the time of Saddam" were being used; and the centers, in 
turn, were connected to paramilitary commando units (and police units) -- 
basically kidnapping and death squads -- being run by the Interior Ministry 
as well as by the Shiite religious parties. Such units are increasingly 
engaged in a war of revenge with Sunni insurgents and in an ever growing 
campaign of assassinations, summary executions, and disappearances in Sunni 
neighborhoods which months ago reached "epidemic levels." Human rights 
organizations in the country have hundreds of cases of disappearances on 
their lists -- as well as assassinations, torture of every sort, and an 
endless raft of human rights violations.

full: http://www.tomdispatch.com/



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