True, Gaddafi has not won yet. But it is starting to look as if superior military hardware is a telling that advantage that will deliver victory to the Libyan strongman sooner or later.
Although I haven’t had a chance to think the question through yet, my gut instinct would be to support calls for western governments to arm the rebels. But as far as I am aware, no prominent political figure in the US or Europe has publicly backed such a plan.
Jim Denham has some more compelling analogies: The Morning Star: those wonderful folks who brought you the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact / From Jack London to the scabs of the Morning Star, Socialist Worker and Counterfire. Dale Street also notes George Galloway’s Stalinism:
In his semi-autobiographical work “I’m Not the Only One”, Galloway wrote: “”Just as Stalin industrialized the Soviet Union, so on a different scale Saddam plotted Iraq’s own Great Leap Forward. … He is likely to have been the leader in history who came closest to creating a truly Iraqi national identity, and he developed Iraq and the living, health, social and education standards of his own people.”
And in the comments thread at BobFromBrockley:
Clearly, the SWP are taking a much better line than the reactionary hardcore anti-imp position (the scab position, as Jim Denham rightly puts it) taken by Noah and Calvin Tucker, Andy Newman and John Wight. It would be good to see the SWP revert to Third Camp form, having swayed so long to a Second Camp position. (Interesting that John Wight attributes the SWP’s wrongness to their state capitalist analysis: Tucker, Wight, Newman and co are essentially Stalinists, whose very un-21st century idea of “socialism” always involves a strong state and a strongman at the helm.)
- Globalise the jasmine revolution: some notes from history and theory (poumista.wordpress.com)
- Variousness 34 (antigerman.wordpress.com)
- George Galloway: Gaza war as bad as Holocaust (thejc.com)
- George Galloway’s support for brutal dictators challenged by Iranian student at LSE (cifwatch.com)
- On a roll, no.3 (poumista.wordpress.com)
- On a roll, no.1 (poumista.wordpress.com)
- Spain celebrates Latin American liberation with bicentenary films (guardian.co.uk)
- If Libyan rebels want it, why aren’t we calling for a no-fly-zone too? (liberalconspiracy.org)