[Marxism] "WW2": interimperialist war to redivide the world,

nada dwaltersMIA at gmail.com
Sun Sep 20 15:10:25 MDT 2009


Louis wrote:

"But it was also a war in the Pacific without any discernible *class*
differences between Japanese and American imperialism. It does not
matter if Filipinos welcomed in American troops. That is not our
criterion for deciding whether a war is progressive or not."

True. But, I noted this and asked "why?" it is. In fact, really the 
question is the 'end of the tale'. The reality is that shortly after the 
Japanese defeat of US and US lead colonial Filipino forces at Bataan, 
the Filipino *people* waged a very intense guerrilla campaign against 
the occupation, far and above anything previous nationalist lead forces 
were able to do against the US occupation that had been ongoing, more or 
less, for decades. Was this struggle a struggle for national liberation 
or wasn't it? Was the fact that the US aided this struggle for it's own 
reasons (since the US had a stated purpose of NOT supporting Filipino 
independence) somehow a 'minus' for this movement and if so, was it a 
determining factor in the actual politics of this struggle? Would it 
have been correct for socialists or internationalists to demand "US Out 
of the Philippines"??? And this is one example. WWII is fraught, IMO, 
with these sorts of interesting historical contradictions.

That WWII was an imperialist war is something I am most definitely not 
questioning. I'm suggesting that it was also not the kind of war like 
WWI was.

As an aside, this was also a war of Italian Imperialism to conquer a 
section of N. Africa as well.

David




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