[Marxism] What is the Marxist perspective in a case of an Israeli war against Iran?

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Sat Jul 19 07:53:46 MDT 2008

Thanks for summarizing this issue appropriately, Yossi.
Regardless of some of the rhetoric you use when writing,
this clearly puts you, ideologically, on the right side
of the barricades.

Having never been to Israel (My mother thought and said,
more often than once, that "All Arabs should be shot"),
it's long been my belief that the very creation of the
Jewish state by the Zionist forces had many terrible 
consequences for Jewish people. It separates those Jews 
who identify with and support it politically and in other
ways from the rest of the oppressed of the Third World,
and pits the Jews against the Third World. Not a wise
political location for Jews to find themselves in.

I believe it's more than simply fear of a new holocaust,
but also the specific material and other privileges 
which flow from Israeli citizenship, at least for those
Israelis who are also Jewish - the Druze, Falashas and
the Arab Israelis don't benefit in the same way from
THEIR Israeli citizenship, are powerful blocks to the
development of a genuinely internationalist awareness
among the Israeli people. It's just like the privileges
of whiteness blind most people in the United States to
a need to develop a socialist and anti-imperialist
consciousness. White people in the United States, and
that includes many working people, BENEFIT MATERIALLY
from the crumbs of imperialism. Blacks in the U.S. 
think that they, too, benefit, which is why sympathy
and support for undocumented immigrants from Latin
America is not high among Blacks in the United States.

Even with as many problems as South Africa has, I note
that more than a few South African blacks participated
in xenophobic pogroms against refugees from other black
African countries where living conditions are even WORSE
than they are in South Africa, where conditions aren't
the best.

These are some of the sorrows of empire, as the author
Chalmers Johnson has been trying to explain them.

Thanks for your thoughts, Yossi. 

Walter Lippmann
Los Angeles, California
The interests of the Israeli masses and those of the Zionist ruling
class are not the same. The Zionists use the historical fear of the
Israeli masses of a new holocaust to keep them within a political
straitjacket. To break out of that straitjacket a genuine socialist
perspective is required

Not one world of the need to opposed Israeli imperialism and defend
Iran and this they call "socialist perspective". Bravo!.

     Los Angeles, California
     Editor-in-Chief, CubaNews
     "Cuba - Un Paraíso bajo el bloqueo"

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