[Marxism] Meeting Resistance

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Oct 18 09:59:07 MDT 2007


Opening at theaters around the country starting tomorrow (screening 
information is here), “Meeting Resistance” is a film that gives a voice 
to the shadowy Iraqi resistance that has fought the world’s most 
powerful imperialist country in history to a standstill. With an economy 
of means, this documentary accomplishes what all great art strives for, 
namely the humanization of its principals. With so much hatred directed 
against Sunni insurgents, who lack the socialist credentials of past 
insurgencies that attracted the solidarity of the Western left, “Meeting 
Resistance” takes a giant step forward in making the “enemy’s” case. 
After watching this powerful film, one will have to agree with George 
Galloway’s assessment in a speech given at the al-Assad Library in 
Damascus on July 30, 2005:

"These poor Iraqis — ragged people, with their sandals, with their 
Kalashnikovs, with the lightest and most basic of weapons– are writing 
the names of their cities and towns in the stars, with 145 military 
operations every day, which has made the country ungovernable by the 
people who occupy it. We don’t know who they are, we don’t know their 
names, we never saw their faces, they don’t put up photographs of their 
martyrs, we don’t know the names of their leaders. They are the base of 
this society. They are the young men and young women who decided, 
whatever their feelings about the former regime — some are with, some 
are against. But they decided, when the foreign invaders came, to defend 
their country, to defend their honor, to defend their families, their 
religion, their way of life from a military superpower, which landed 
amongst them."

Co-directed by Steve Connors and Molly Bingham, “Meeting Resistance” 
allows a group of insurgents in the Al Adhamiya district in Baghdad to 
explain why they decided to fight the occupation, how they are 
organized, and–perhaps of the greatest interest–what kind of backgrounds 
they have. Among the most interesting revelations is that only a small 
percentage can be described as Baathist “dead-enders”, the description 
that was offered by the Bush gang early on and that was accepted by some 
sectors of the left. A political science professor in Baghdad, the only 
interviewee who is not actually part of the resistance, estimates that 
less than 10 percent are Baath Party activists.

full: http://louisproyect.wordpress.com/2007/10/18/meeting-resistance/




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