[Marxism] Right-wing Senators in Libya

Eli Stephens elishastephens at hotmail.com
Fri Sep 30 11:04:49 MDT 2011

Louis wants to remind me that McCain met with Gaddafi too. No doubt, and
Saddam Hussein shook hands with Donald Rumsfeld. Virtually every successful
leader of a revolution, be it socialist or nationalist, is forced to make
some accommodation with imperialism and its immense power. But I can pretty
much guarantee that John McCain or his equivalent at the time did not rush
off to have a meeting with Gaddafi immediately following the overthrow of
King Idris. Because that was not a "revolution" bought and fought by

And Mark accuses me of espousing a "The enemy of my enemy is my friend"
philosophy. Not at all. I have espoused only ONE thing in regard to the
assault on Libya, and that is that imperialism is my enemy, period. And I
oppose their schemes and assaults and atrocities wherever they occur, both
out of solidarity with the people of the world who are its targets, and also
out of the knowledge that anything that strengthens imperialism weakens the
possibility of a socialist revolution in the imperialist countries.

The assessment of the character of the civil war/rebellion/revolution in
Libya is a separate and secondary matter. And it was to that issue that I
think the meeting of the leadership of the rebellion (however
self-appointed) with the most right-wing elements in the U.S. Government,
and the fact that the latter were happy to praise the former, is telling.
That over and above the fact that any "revolution" in which racism plays
such a major part, and any "revolution" in which imperialist firepower plays
a decisive part, can hardly qualify as a "revolution" in the first place.

Eli Stephens
 Left I on the News

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