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19697Re: The London bombings

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  • bobgould987
    Jul 7, 2005
      By Bob Gould

      I'm in considerable sympathy with Rohan Pearce's post in the last hour
      or so.

      Socialists in Australia should study carefully the brief statement by
      the British Socialist Worker cancelling the Marxism event for the day.

      The bombings are a particular concern for Rohan Pearce because he has
      family in London, and it's also no doubt a concern for the British SWP
      because the Marxism event attracts thousands of people from all over
      Britain and the world to central London. It's clear that many
      intending participants in Marxism would have been travelling on public
      transport at the time the bombs went off.

      The point made in the Socialist Worker statement is important: London
      is the centre of antiwar and anti-capitalist sentiment in the British
      Isles and it's a particularly vicious anti-working-class act for
      anyone to engage in indiscriminate bombings against the working
      population.

      I've just watched Ken Livingstone speaking about the bombings in
      Singapore before he boarded a plane for London. His shock and anger
      was quite clear, and he made the same point as Socialist Worker: that
      it was a political act directed not at prime ministers, high
      politicians, military figures or kings, but against ordinary working
      people going about their business in central London.

      It's not absolutely clear at this point who the perpetrators are. In
      the mysterious interpenetrated world of terrorists and different state
      apparatuses, things aren't always exactly as they seem.

      Whether this turns out to be some kind of Byzantine state provocation
      or a totally misguided "political" act by some group, socialists
      should condemn it unreservedly and explain that this kind of action is
      thoroughly counter-revolutionary and an attack on the working class.

      My political instinct says to me that while the masses are grieving
      about this event we should concentrate mainly on condemning it and its
      perpetrators, and avoid drawing too long a bow about the ultimate
      responsibility of imperialism, etc.

      Like Rohan Pearce I've been glued to the television this evening as
      I've sat in my shop working, and I haven't done much work. I
      automatically try to put myself in the place of ordinary people going
      about their day-to-day work, and or the socialist comrades on their
      annual holidays going to Marxism, who may have been killed or seen
      others killed.

      Those who have carried out this event are barbarians and opponents and
      enemies of the working class.
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