Thursday, 24 February 2011

Quote of the day...

...has to go to News Line, paper of the Workers' Revolutionary Party (no, me either) yesterday offered up this absolute gem in their editorial on Libya [emphasis mine];
We urge the working class of the world to oppose the imperialist intervention into Libya that is being made, and the greater, possibly military intervention to come into the affairs of the Libyan people.

We urge the Libyan masses and youth to take their stand alongside Colonel Gadaffi to defend the gains of the Libyan revolution, and to develop it.

This can only be done by the defeat of the current rebellion
and a major national discussion about the introduction of workers control and management of the Libyan economy and society, as well as the introduction of the political organs for exercising that political control and management.

Further, the Libyan workers must take their place as a leader of the revolutionary wave that is sweeping through North Africa.

This can only win through the establishment of the United Socialist States of North Africa.
To which my initial response is "err, sorry... what?!?"

But yes, that is "the British section of the International Committee of the Fourth International, founded by Leon Trotsky," calling for the rebellion in Libya to be put down. You know, that rebellion of working class people against the dictator ruling their country? The one that's part of "the revolutionary wave that is sweeping through North Africa?"

I suppose asking these people to explain how exactly the Libyan working class can "take their place after a leader" of that wave when their own part of it has been violently suppressed would be futile.

There are western interests at stake in Libya, and Adam Ford explains them in some depth along with the complex relationship between Gaddafi and the West. But to boil it right down to "Gaddafi good / America bad," and describe those protesting as "a right-wing reactionary uprising" is absolutely, blindingly, bat-shit insane.

Which will be another reason why, when the same paper declared that "NOW is the time to build the WRP and the Young Socialists into the leadership of the working class and the student youth," nobody bothered to argue against it. Nobody even listened. Sorry guys...