Bedrooms and Iraqi politics
The So-called Worker's Party has a new pamphlet out on Iraq, written by the redoubtable Chris Bamberry. (I can't find a single link to it, and can't recall the title off the top of my head - assistance appreciated).
Anyway, one Chapter is entitled "Freedom is Untidy" - presumably in parody of this quote from Donny Rumsfeld (Winner of 'Most Evil Looking Man of the Year Award 2001-2008')
"Stuff happens ... And it's untidy. And freedom's untidy. And free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things. They're also free to live their lives and do wonderful things. And that's what's going to happen here."Of course, Rummy boy was talking about looting. Bamberry was talking about putting bombs in public places and blowing up economically conscripted workers who join the police, or children or adults or anyone else who happens to be passing by.
Put another way, that heading was the most lick-spittlish weasel worded mealy mouthed verminous viscious euphemising down-playing spinning shystering meretricious mendacious gob load of venom that I have seen from any politico in a long time. That he goes on to justify hostage taking because the American took hostages first, and indiscriminate murder because, hey, the Americans started it first - and didn't the lovely French resistance plant no-warning bombs and commit indiscriminate murder?
Basically, all's fair in love and war, it seems - at least he's learnt at the master's heal well - let's not forget that while Barmpot fulminates over American hostage taking being against the Geneva convention, Twatsky himself was very fond of the practice. Even if he did oppose this sort of guerilla warfare (he much preferred state terror).
The facts are that the Stop the War coalition is not a coalition to stop a war, it now wants to urge it's continuance. They are the 'Wage the War' coalition now, urging on 'Victory to the Resistance'. Any semblance to class politics is dead, victory at any price, any cost, no matter how many workers get mangled in the process.Anyone but America. That is Bamberry's message, it shines through. The whole case is based on 'America did it first' nd the assumption that America must be opposed.
In the name of 'national sovereignty' or anti-imperialism or some other such nonsense, they are prepared to sacrifice the workers of Iraq - as Mick Rix notes in his fierce correspondencewith the egregious Andrew Murray, over the now infamous statement on the IFTU. The war happened, it's over, we couldn't prevent it, the class war continues, and a political solution is needed, not a barbarous one.