[Marxism] Iranian Privatization (was: Models

Yoshie Furuhashi critical.montages at gmail.com
Mon Aug 21 14:54:09 MDT 2006

On 8/21/06, Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com> wrote:
> Yoshie wrote:
> >That is why I regard Ahmadinejad's Revolutionary Guards backgrounds and
> >his service in the Iran-Iraq War as a positive.
> Yes, I am sure that under socialism we will need people who have been
> battle-tested in looking for Beatles cassettes in student knapsacks.
> Everybody knows that the White Album contains coded counter-revolutionary
> messages.

I don't have an automatic anti-military bias that you seem to have.

Junaid (or maybe someone else?) recently suggested that the Arab
armies are trained not to fight external enemies like the IDF but to
suppress internal revolts.  One can say the same about almost all
militaries outside the West (the Western militaries are trained to put
down revolts and revolutions outside the West, though they will no
doubt be used to suppress revolution at home, too, should one ever
occur in the West).  Chavez and his comrades in the military, for
instance, participated in operations to put down people during the
Caracazo of 1989.  During the Caracazo, hundreds of poor people were
shot down by the Venezuelan military.

Being trained as a soldier and mid-ranking officer, having networks of
comrades in the military, etc. seems to me to be one of the desirable
qualifications for becoming a political leader that masses can use,
especially outside the West.  Leaders who lack such assets will have a
more difficult time (if they survive at all).

But, in the end, everything depends on what masses want Ahmadinejad to
do, not on himself, and what they are willing to do to achieve it, and
the same goes for any other political leader like him.

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