[firstname.lastname@example.org: Re: the 911 debate continues]
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Again, over all, I think the left has to get out of
its intellectual rut.
I guess we all probably at one stage conjured up a
mental image of the revolution that goes something
The plain, downtrodden workers finally can't take any
more. They down tools grab big red flags and banners,
join hands with their womenfolk who no longer will
toil at domestic slavery any more and march on the
government. The troops at first fire on the rebels,
yielding martyrs, but then decide that they too are
working people and as a few capitalists scurry out the
back the working people triumph and men, women and
liberated soldiers arm in arm great the new dawn.
Well, Marx wasn't wrong, the revolution is actually
happening. Only it's not all in one country at a
time, it pits poor countries against rich ones (and,
imperfectly, rich against poor in each country).
Because the left hasn't done very well articulating
the anti-imperialist struggle, the rebels are waiving
green flags, not red ones, and they pause to stone
adulterers, men and women, to death on their way to
The soldiers and even the working people in the
imperialist countries are now welcoming their comrades
from the third world to their side in the struggle
against capital, but mostly they are siding with
capital against the third world workers.
So, the play has begun, but everybody is not reciting
the lines he's supposed to have learned!
Well, so now we have to deal with it.
The revolution won't be like 1789 or 1917. It won't
be so neat. We're finding neo-Nazis and Islamic
fundamentalists in the trench with us and former
liberal "comrades" in the opposing trench.
In short, it's messy. But we can't wish for that
fairy tale revolution with the invincible columns of
workers singing the Internationale; we have to
orientate ourselves to reality as it is today.
Anyhow, given all the "mess," yes "innocent" people
die and that is not nice. The twin towers held
bankers and exploiters and also secretaries and office
boys too. But that just means all the more that we
need to get a proper orientation. Unfair that they
died, yeah, I guess. It's unfair that Muhammad Ata
had to die too, and that 1.73 million Iraqis have died
and all the Palestinians, etc. Somehow the struggle
must go on or we get lots more innocent deaths, mostly
in the third world.
Getting a proper orientation won't save us from
friendly fire by revolutionaries who think we're part
of the enemy camp, but it helps some. I mean, if you
were a Communist working in the underground movement
in Berlin in World War II would you be safe from
Allied bombs and Red Army shells and rockets? No.
But in a democratic age nobody can reasonably expect
to be "left alone". People who want that usually are
just drawn into the ranks of imperialism, either as
willing draftees or as vollunteers seeking a secure
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