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Marching with the Stalinists - ** MUST READ **

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  • Bob Tannen
    ...The marches in Washington and San Francisco were chiefly sponsored, as was last October s antiwar march in Washington, by a group the Times chose to call
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 26, 2003
      "...The marches in Washington and San Francisco were chiefly sponsored,
      as was last October's antiwar march in Washington, by a group the Times
      chose to call in its only passing reference "the activist group
      International Answer."

      International A.N.S.W.E.R. (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) is a
      front group for the communist Workers World Party. The Workers World
      Party is, literally, a Stalinist organization. It rose out of a split
      within the old Socialist Workers Party over the Soviet Union's 1956
      invasion of Hungary - the breakaway Workers World Party was all for the
      invasion.


      Marching with the Stalinists
      By MICHAEL KELLY
      Jan. 25, 2003
      The Washington Post

      The Left in America has for a long time now resembled not so much a
      political movement as a contest to see how many schismatics could dance
      on the head of a pin, a conversation that has gone from being national
      to factional to simply eccentric. At some point, progressive politics
      reached a state where freeing Mumia (freemumia.org) was considered
      critical and electing a Democratic president was considered optional.

      Then came September 11, and the Left found itself plunged into a
      fundamental debate on a subject of fundamental importance. And this was
      a debate in which to be of the Left was to be, by definition, involved:
      In al-Qaida and in the Taliban and in Saddam's Iraq, liberal
      civilization faced an enemy that represented nearly every evil that
      liberalism has ever stood against.

      What was the Left going to do? A pretty straightforward call, you might
      say. America has its flaws. But war involves choosing sides, and the
      American side - which was, after all, the side of liberalism, of
      progressivism, of democracy, of freedom, of not chucking gays off
      rooftops and not stoning adulterers and not whipping women in the town
      square, and not gassing minority populations and not torturing advocates
      of free speech - was surely preferable to the side of the
      "Islamofascists," to borrow a word from the essayist and former man of
      the Left, Christopher Hitchens.

      Which is the point: Hitchens is a former man of the Left. In the Left's
      debate, Hitchens insisted that progressives must not in their disdain
      for America allow themselves to effectively support the perpetuation of
      despotism, must not betray the Left's own values.

      Others - notably the political philosopher Michael Walzer, the
      independent essayist Andrew Sullivan, New Republic writer Jonathan Chait
      and New York Observer columnist Ron Rosenbaum - also made this argument
      with great force and clarity.

      THE DEBATE is over. The Left has hardened itself around the core value
      of a furious, permanent, reactionary opposition to the devil-state
      America, which stands as the paramount evil of the world and the
      paramount threat to the world, and whose aims must be thwarted even at
      the cost of supporting fascists and tyrants. Those who could not stomach
      this have left the Left - a few publicly, as did Hitchens and Rosenbaum,
      and many more, I am sure, in the privacy of their consciences.

      Last weekend, the Left held large antiwar marches in Washington, San
      Francisco and elsewhere. Major media coverage of these marches was
      highly respectful. This was "A Stirring in the Nation," in the words of
      an approving New York Times editorial, "impressive for the obvious
      mainstream roots of the marchers."

      There is, increasingly, much that happens in the world that the Times
      feels its readers should be sheltered from knowing. The marches in
      Washington and San Francisco were chiefly sponsored, as was last
      October's antiwar march in Washington, by a group the Times chose to
      call in its only passing reference "the activist group International
      Answer."

      International A.N.S.W.E.R. (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) is a
      front group for the communist Workers World Party. The Workers World
      Party is, literally, a Stalinist organization. It rose out of a split
      within the old Socialist Workers Party over the Soviet Union's 1956
      invasion of Hungary - the breakaway Workers World Party was all for the
      invasion.

      A.N.S.W.E.R. today unquestioningly supports any despotic regime that
      lays any claim to socialism, or simply to anti-Americanism. It supported
      the butchers of Beijing after the slaughter of Tiananmen Square. It
      supports Saddam and his Baathist torture-state. It supports the last
      official Stalinist state, North Korea, in the mass starvation of its
      citizens. It supported Slobodan Milosevic after the massacre at
      Srebrenica. It supports the mullahs of Iran, and the narco-gangsters of
      Colombia and the bus-bombers of Hamas.

      This is whom the Left now marches with. The Left marches with the
      Stalinists. The Left marches with those who would maintain in power the
      leading oppressors of humanity in the world. It marches with, and stands
      with, and cheers on, people like the speaker at the Washington rally,
      Imam Musa of the mosque Masjid al-Islam, who declared "the real
      terrorists have always been the United Snakes of America," and then led
      the crowd in the Islamic bombers' chant "Allahu Akbar!"

      It marches with people like the former Black Panther Charles Baron, who
      said in Washington, "if you're looking for the axis of evil, look inside
      the belly of this beast."

      The Times's "mainstream" Americans marched last weekend with people who
      held signs comparing the president and vice president of their country
      to Hitler, and declaring "The difference between Bush and Saddam is that
      Saddam was elected," and this one: "I want you to die for Israel. Israel
      sings Onward Christian Soldiers." March on.

      Washington Post Writers' Group.
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