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(en) Britain, HezBollocks and IsRabies: A Class War Federation statement on the War in Lebanon

Date Thu, 27 Jul 2006 09:29:01 +0300


Anarchist OpinionClass War is appalled at the carnage that is occurring
in the Middle East. We are also disappointed but not surprised at what
is being said about it, especially by some "progressive" organisations.
Lebanon is being turned into a grotesque war-games board as the real
protagonists - The USA and Iran use their proxies to slug it out.
Neither the Israeli army nor Hezbollah give a flying fuck about 'their'
civilians, except as bloody totems to hang in front of the cameras of
the world's press in order to justify their own next atrocity.
The left have adopted two approaches - Firstly, wholesale adoption of
the Islamist agenda, cheerleading Hamas or Hezbollah without
qualification or criticism. This 'Idiot anti-imperialism', the trademark
of today's SWP, says my enemy's enemy is my friend and any
criticism of them, no matter how mild, is 'racism, islamophobia, and
Zionist pro American warmongering.' The second approach is slightly
more subtle - Hezbollah is fighting back, therefore we must support
Hezbollah and the slogan 'we are all Hezbollah' is an act of basic
solidarity with those who are fighting back against imperialism - the
slogan is compared with the Parisian students who, when Danny
Cohn-Bendit was attacked in the bourgeois press as a German Jew,
marched through Paris chanting 'nous sommes tout les jiufs
allemands!' (we are all German Jews). This argument is crap -
Hezbollah isn't a nationality or a racial epithet, it is a
politicalparty/militia, if the slogan really wanted to fit then the SWP
should have handed out placards proclaiming 'WE ARE ALL SH'ITE'.

Lebanon has a radical history, albeit one distorted by the chains of
Leninist communism, but this has been written out of the Brit left's
history books in their rush to embrace Islamotrottery.

A real working class alternative is desperately needed - one that
recognises that there can be no peace whilst borders are drawn by
reference to the Torah, and International policy is determined in
Washington by consulting the book of revelations.

"Israelis living in Tiberuius fund the war, and contribute bodies to the
war. It's not true to say they are wholly 'innocent'" - that quote is from
an otherwise relatively sane leftist, and is a justification for every
atrocity against civilians ever. It gives an idea just how much the left
loses it when the question of Israel is raised.

The Israeli state oppresses the Palestinians, driving them into the
hands of the fanatics of Hamas out of despair at the failure of the
secular Palestinian left. In turn the suicide bombers provide for the
Israeli state 'proof' of the murderous nature of the Palestinians and
drives the Israeli public to support harsher and harsher measures
against the 'terrorists'.

This is a self destructive spiral and must be broken.

The Israeli state is not shaken by katyushas or by suicide bombers - it
is strengthened by them.

The last real challenge to the Israeli state was the Intifada, mass
popular resistance on the streets of the west bank and Gaza, and
amongst the 'Israeli Arab' population, this rose up from below from
the streets and spread all across the middle east and north Africa as
the Arab working class drew inspiration from the bravery of the
Palestinian youth, and employed the same tactics to confront their
own ruling classes. Inside Israel proper the intifada created real
tensions within the army, as soldiers refused to be used to gun down
children and sparked a massive peace movement amongst the general
population.

The Oslo peace process was designed to derail the intifada and create
from the PLO a police force to keep the unruly Palestinians in line.

All the arguments of the left revolve around one state/two state. All
happily accept the artificial divisions created in the twentieth century
by the very imperialists that they claim to oppose, and all ignore the
actual people - Palestinian, Israeli, Lebanese, Druse, Syrian, Egyptian,
Jordanian, Bedouin - who live there. Re-jigging the lines on a map will
create new oppressions, new grievances and new horrors, and we as
revolutionaries should have no part in assisting that.

We should stand shoulder to shoulder with those struggling against
the oppressors of the Israeli state and the Palestinian bantustan. We
fight against our 'own' rulers who attempt to use this slaughter to their
own ends and use measly words 'condemning the violence' whilst
writing out the receipts for the latest arms contract.

Any state solution is a continuation of the same bullshit.
No Borders
No States
No Gods
No War but the Class War
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