[Marxism] A disservice to the antiwar movement

Eli Stephens elishastephens at hotmail.com
Tue Jul 12 11:22:37 MDT 2011

A nice compendium of various slanders against ANSWER, with the false claim that ANSWER is "tie[ing] the anti-imperialist struggle to the defense of a tyrant like Mummar el-Qaddafi." I'll post some links below, and point out that you won't find a word in any of them about "defending Gaddafi." Indeed, in the earliest statement, an article by Brian Becker from March, you won't even find the WORD "Gaddafi." This movement is about opposing US/NATO bombing of Libya, and supporting the right of the Libyan people to determine their own destiny free of outside interference, period.

So why does ANSWER at its forums and demonstrations ALLOW pro-Gaddafi speakers (like Cynthia McKinney and Akbar Muhammed) to speak, and not allow people calling for Gaddafi's ouster to speak? Because the former are also opposed to the U.S./NATO intervention, whereas the latter, even if some of them claim to oppose the bombing, objectively (if indirectly) support it by echoing imperialist rationales for intervention, and reinforcing them in the minds of Americans, thus INCREASING support for the intervention, whatever their alleged opposition to it.

Claims that such a movement is "defending Gaddafi" is nothing more than the standard slander (which, by the way, Obama has been using against those in Congress calling for an end to the war on Libya, demonstrating that you hardly have to host Cynthia McKinney at your event to get that charge hurled against you). Those of us (presumably everyone on this list) who opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq were charged with "defending Saddam," for example. It is those charges (and today's charges of "defending Gaddafi") which do a disservice to the antiwar movement.

Brian Becker in March: http://www.answercoalition.org/national/news/war-against-libya-historical-perspective.html
Reports of protests in March, none calling for "defending Gaddafi": http://www.answercoalition.org/national/news/libya-emergency-protests-reports.html
The recent United Front article: http://www.pslweb.org/liberationnews/news/libya-and-the-united-front.html
ANSWER-LA's response to the Daily Kos article: http://www.answercoalition.org/la/news/answer-respondss-to-attacks.html
Video of SF demo (note particularly the formulations from the PSL speaker, Mazda Majidi): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDQlS4_zoio

Eli Stephens
 Left I on the News

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