[Marxism] al-Qaeda influenced by Marxism? Really?

Joaquín Bustelo jbustelo at gmail.com
Tue Apr 21 00:25:09 MDT 2015

On 4/17/2015 8:22 AM, Louis Proyect via Marxism wrote:
> Sabotage has been used by socialists in guerrilla warfare such as in 
> Cuba when pro-Batista sugar mills were burned but it was not and is 
> not a tactic for "sparking" worker resistance. They burned sugar mills 
> in Cuba in order to weaken the social base of a dictatorship and not 
> in order to bring about police repression. The Cuban people did not 
> need lessons on how repressive the capitalist state could be, after all. 
Not sure who/what/when/where you were thinking of with this reference, 
but ...

1. The guerrilla forces that fought Batista were not "socialist."
2. The July 26 Movement did not have a policy or tactic of burning down 
sugar mills, whether to weaken the social base of the dictatorship nor 
bring about police repression.
3. The sabotage of the sugar industry in Cuba in those years was 
sponsored by the United States. The first wave of attacks came during 
the 1959-1960 harvest. For example, this Cuban web site 
<http://www.azcuba.cu/?p=820> lists more than two dozen attacks carried 
out by small pirate planes flown from the United States by Cuban 
counterrevolutionaries and other CIA operatives in January and February 
1960, when sugar production would have been at its peak.

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