[Marxism] Has imperialism changed its stripes?

Allan allan.m.miller at gmail.com
Tue Jul 5 22:58:39 MDT 2011

I've been following the debate over the war in Libya on the list, and 
have some questions for those who generally put forward the 
"anti-pro-Qadaffi" position, as I'll refer to it.

The Libyan opposition (the "rebels") are supported by NATO and the 
western imperialist powers.  If they represent a genuine force for 
democracy and self-determination, why are the imperialists supporting 
them militarily and politically?

Would a victory for the opposition on the basis of the NATO intervention 
be a positive step for democracy, self-determination, and ultimately for 
the development of socialism in Libya and in the broader Middle East in 

How do you explain this?

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