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Ol' Tariq.

Posted by: Red Deathy ( Socialist Party, Uk ) on May 14, 1999 at 13:44:53:

In Reply to: Greens and the War posted by bill on May 13, 1999 at 18:14:57:

: *But what can we do now?*, defenders of Green parliamentarians demand
: to know.

Good ol' Tariq Ali, 'leader of '68' and latterly of the (Ithink defunct) International Marxist Group puts it succinctly in his latest article in the New Left Review- would those who support the war, as a genuinely Leftist cause, be prepared to go and fight in an international Brigade on behalf of the Kosovar Albanians, as the Leftists did in Spain (Spain being a better comparable scenario than Germany, which seems to crop up a lot)? To be consistant the answer for them must surely be 'Yes!' sine its a fundamental democratic principle that you don't vote for people to do what you aren't prepared to do yourself.

Buyt if this is so- why aren't they, why is there no international Brigade being called up?

Maybe because the KLA is anything but a progressive revolutionary working class force, as the Militias in Spain were?

: The crimes that capitalism inflicts on the world's peoples can be
: stopped only by a mass political movement that overthrows capitalism
: and its governments and creates a real democracy. A major reason for
: the inability to aid the Kosovars is that too many people of good will
: have allowed themselves to be diverted from the job of building such a
: movement. The Greens' failure on Kosova demonstrates why the socialist
: goal is not something for the distant future, but a necessary guide
: for politics today.

Amen to that Comrade.

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