[Marxism] Internationalism, the main enemy, and what to do next

Jscotlive at aol.com Jscotlive at aol.com
Sun Jan 8 04:03:33 MST 2006

In a message dated 08/01/2006 04:35:54 GMT Standard Time, 
Brian_Shannon at verizon.net writes:

> The British antiwar movement of course hates Blair; nonetheless, in its
> failure to put the greatest focus on the imperialism of "its own  
> country,"
> it failed to deepen its struggle. Blair is the leader of the greatest
> imperialist power before the domination of the United States and  
> remains the
> United State's lesser, but absolutely necessary ally--not a puppy,  
> just a
> smaller wolf. At the end of the day, the masses demonstrating against  
> Bush
> could go home satisfied that they had opposed the wolf across the  
> sea--"Bush
> Go Home." Their understanding and resolve would have increased had  
> they put
> their focus on the lesser wolf.


But surely this misses the point. Blair and British imperialism would be 
nothing without US imperialism to latch onto. I disagree that the British antiwar 
movement has not gone after Blair. A motion to impeach was recently singed by 
over 100 MPs, and Rose Gentle and other Military Families Against The War just 
had their first attempt to bring him into the High Court rebuffed.

My criticism lies in the lack of political depth to the antiwar movement in 
Britain, by focusing everything on Blair and ipso facto leaving the system 
which spawned him intact. Here in Scotland myself and other comrades have just 
drafted a motion for our next party conference in March that the break-up of the 
British State would weaken US imperialism by taking out its ally in the North 

I've pasted it below for you to look at:

Conference reaffirms the Party's commitment to waging the struggle for 
Scottish independence under the banner of anti-imperialism, internationalism and 
republicanism. As a socialist party in the tradition of John Maclean and James 
Connolly we uphold the aforementioned principles, and in so doing recognise the 
common enemy of all humanity at this point in our history as US imperialism 
and its allies. 

We reaffirm our commitment to the international struggle against US 
imperialism and its determination to force neoliberalism to every corner of the planet. 
Standing in solidarity with the people of Iraq, Latin America, Africa, and 
oppressed peoples and communities everywhere, we understand that a key ally of 
US imperialism in the North East Atlantic is the British State, formed in the 
interests of a ruling class comprising English, Welsh, Irish and Scottish 
members, and which denies genuine self-determination to the four nations on these 

Therefore, whilst working with non-socialists on the issue of independence, 
we recognise that the minimum demand necessary to ensure that independence must 
be for a republic, with the abolition of all crown powers and the monarchy; 
and a withdrawal from NATO and the closure of all imperialist military bases on 
Scottish soil.

As part of this campaign we seek allies amongst the working class and 
anti-unionist democrats in England, Wales and Ireland who also understand the need to 
break up the British State in the interests of the working class throughout 
these islands and all engaged in struggle against US imperialism 

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