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Beware the anti-anti-war left

Posted by seumasach on December 5, 2012

Why Humanitarian Interventionism is a Dead End

Jean Bricmont


4th December, 2012

Ever since the 1990s, and especially since the Kosovo war in 1999, anyone who opposes armed interventions by Western powers and NATO has to confront what may be called an anti-anti-war left (including its far left segment).  In Europe, and notably in France, this anti-anti-war left is made up of the mainstream of social democracy, the Green parties and most of the radical left.  The anti-anti-war left does not come out openly in favor of Western military interventions and even criticizes them at times (but usually only for their tactics or alleged motivations – the West is supporting a just cause, but clumsily and for oil or for geo-strategic reasons).   But most of its energy is spent issuing “warnings” against the supposed dangerous drift of that part of the left that remains firmly opposed to such interventions.  It calls upon us to show solidarity with the “victims” against “dictators who kill their own people”, and not to give in to knee-jerk anti-imperialism, anti-Americanism, or anti-Zionism, and above all not to end up on the same side as the far right.  After the Kosovo Albanians in 1999, we have been told that “we” must protect Afghan women, Iraqi Kurds and more recently the people of Libya and of Syria.

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Los devaneos de la izquierda

Posted by seumasach on November 3, 2012

Juan Francisco Coloane


28th October, 2012

Los últimos atentados terroristas en Siria, particularmente los perpetrados en Damasco, contribuyen a desmitificar el carácter de esta guerra irregular y fabricada para derrocar un gobierno, Este es un hecho claro que no aceptan los cuarteles generales que la diseñaron que diseñaron esa guerra.

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Australian foreign minister suggests “assassination” of Syrian leaders

Posted by seumasach on October 11, 2012


11th October, 2012

Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr has suggested that high-level Syrian government figures could be assassinated as part of the US-backed civil war to oust President Bashir al-Assad. Carr’s remarks underscore the reckless and illegal character of the US-led regime change operation underway in Syria, taking place with the full support of the Australian Labor government.

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The War on freedom of speech: France’s “left” silences anti-war intellectuals

Posted by seumasach on September 26, 2012

Gearóid Ó Colmáin

Global Research

24th September, 2012

Every year the French Communist Party ( PCF) organizes the Fête de l’Humanité in Paris, a left-wing festival where concerts are held and communist parties from all over the world erect stands to exchange books, pamphlets and ideas. Many authors, journalists and intellectuals are invited every year to participate in debates on philosophy, culture, politics and current affairs.

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Manufacturing “Failed States”

Posted by seumasach on September 24, 2012

Edward S.Herman


23rd September, 2012

The United States has mastered the art of undermining its targets by fomenting domestic terrorism, and then laying the responsibility on them for the crimes sponsored by Washington itself. This method affords it the possibility both to justify military intervention and to carry it out without risk. The well-oiled scheme described here by Edward S. Herman is now being applied in Syria.

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The Western “Left” Reveals its true Colors: “Progressive” author Tariq Ali says “Assad has to go”

Posted by seumasach on February 19, 2012

William Bowles

Global Research

19th February, 2012

Renowned “progressive author” Tariq Ali says Assad has to go: I’m depressed – no, I’m outraged By 15 February 2012 — All quotes from, Assad must go to save Syria from interventionRT 15 February 2012

Today, I see that the well known ‘revolutionary’ Tariq Ali is telling that,

“He [Assad] has to be pushed out,” Tariq Ali insists, for which “the Syrian people are doing their best”.

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SWP: fellow-travellers of British imperialism

Posted by seumasach on June 26, 2008


Zimbabwe: Mugabe cracks down on opposition.(Socialist Worker)


 The SWP has adopted openly pro-imperialist politics over Zimbabwe. Under the veneer of supporting worker’s power they are helping to hand Zimbabwe back to the imperialist in London and Washington. Our message on this issue is simple;

Hands off Zimbabwe! Defend Zimbabwe’s sovereignty!


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Ken Olende looks at the current crisis and what the opposition can do

The situation in Zimbabwe continued to deteriorate as Socialist Worker went to press.


[Support for the opposition is assumed both by the author and in the reader. The situation in the world is deteriorating; is it all Mugabe’s fault?]

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