[Marxism] Moderator's Note
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Sat Jul 26 05:33:48 MDT 2008
2) To accomplish that, the US may do "humanitarian" things (such as
setting up schools, hospitals, etc) -- not out of "humanitarian"
reasons, but out of "cynical" reasons.
In this scenario, (2) still ends up benefiting Afghans -- does it not?
I believe this (or something like it) was Mr. Hartal's argument. I'm
not sure if this argument is necessarily incorrect.
This is so lacking in analysis that it is hard to know where to begin. In
terms of Afghanistan, and Iraq, the setting up of schools, rebuilding of
infrastructure, etc., are all embarked upon with the primary purpose of ensuring US
hegemony in the region - i.e., control of the region's oil reserves and oil
transportation/pipeline routes. This has to be understood as the reason for US
military and 'humanitarian' presence anywhere. The use of terms such as
'humanitarian intervention' are designed to manufacture consent and public
support for such interventions at home, as well as an attempt at doing the same
within the Arab and Muslim world, appealing to what they describe as 'moderate
Islam' in order to divide the subject peoples.
Such infrastructure or reconstruction efforts benefit US and western
corporations in the short term. The profits being creamed in Iraq and Afghanistan
are obscene, involving over bidding, pricing, and corruption. The funds for
such projects will ultimately be paid by the subject peoples themselves - in the
case of Iraq, from their oil, which, with the connivance of the incumbent
puppet Iraqi government, has been expropriated by US and global oil
corporations. The same with Afghanistan and the passage of a gas and oil pipeline from
the Caspian Sea all the way to Karachi in Pakistan.
A prime example of the kind of banditry I'm talking about involves a
contract for a new road in the north of Afghanistan. The Afghan government put out a
tender to a number of companies for the contract. The lowest bid came in
from an Indian company. The contract was then given to a US company charging
something like three times the price as the Indian one per km of road. The US
company got the contract and sub contracted the Indian company to do the work,
while they pocketed the difference without lifting a finger.
Finally, we are Marxists. We are interested in replacing Capitalism as an
economic system with Socialism. It is therefore in the interests of the
international working class that US efforts to pacify the world in the interests of
global capital are resisted and defeated on every front - this in the hope
that such a defeat would refract back to the US and our respective societies as
social and economic convulsion and thereby provide us with the opportunity
to challenge our domestic ruling classes at home.
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