19697Re: The London bombings
- Jul 7, 2005By Bob Gould
I'm in considerable sympathy with Rohan Pearce's post in the last hour
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
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
Those who have carried out this event are barbarians and opponents and
enemies of the working class.
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