[Marxism] Is Lebanon on the verge of a new fighting?

Jscotlive at aol.com Jscotlive at aol.com
Mon Jun 23 01:08:00 MDT 2008

However as interesting are these observations, one thing is clear  Hezbollah
is not a working class movement but a populist  one.

Yossi, nobody on here thinks that Hezbollah is a working class  movment. 
However, there is a significant conscious working class element which  has joined 
forces under the Hezbollah umbrella in the shape of the Lebanese  Communist 
Party. That they have done so it testament to their analysis  and correct 
Leninist practise vis-a-vis joining forces with the most advanced  anti-imperialist 
forces in order to carry out its immediate tasks - namely  resistance to 
imperialism and colonialism at its sharpest point. By  doing so they demonstrate 
their credentials as internationalists, as it is in  the interests of the 
international working class that the US and Israel are  defeated in the Middle East.
I think this is elementary, given the weight of existing material  
conditions. Talk of socialist revolution and forming revolutionary  parties in light of 
these existing material conditions is just so much  fresh air. You would 
prefer, it seems, that communists, socialists,  anti-imperialists, should distance 
themselves from Hezbollah at this point. In  this you are hopelessly out of 
step. Instead of a progressive development,  such a call constitutes precisely 
the opposite.
Once material conditions change, then our analysis changes. As of now  
Hezbollah are taking the struggle forward and the only place for Marxists and  
socialists is side by side with them in the struggle against the  common enemy of 
all humanity in our time - US imperialism and its  allies.  


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