[Marxism] Question about Mali - more

Marv Gandall marvgand at gmail.com
Fri Jan 18 11:50:08 MST 2013

On 2013-01-16, at 5:33 PM, Ken Hiebert wrote:

> The Left Front in France has vigorously endorsed the French intervention…

Its position seems to be more ambivalent. One account suggests Mélenchon has even "denounced" the intervention:

The firebrand (sic) of the French left, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, has also denounced the government's actions. Like his predecessor Jean Jaurès, Mélenchon believes the war is a welcomed distraction for a government unable to respond to legitimate demands of a struggling working class.


That's going to the other extreme. Mélenchon's statement on his blog is much more guarded, ie. the intervention is questionable and should not have been undertaken unilaterally. While it's wrong to characterize it as a defence, much less a "vigorous endorsement" of  the action, we can agree it isn't calculated in any case to mobilize opposition to the intervention, the only effective means of halting it:

L’intérêt d’une intervention militaire extérieure pour régler le problème posé au nord du Mali est discutable.

En décider alors que les intérêts fondamentaux de la France ne sont pas en cause, selon le chef de l’Etat lui-même, et alors que les troupes africaines sont engagées, est discutable.

En décider seul, sans en saisir préalablement ni le gouvernement, ni le Parlement, est condamnable.


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