Iraq

Against supporting "progressive imperialism" in Iraq

Author: 

Sean Matgamna

Contents [Note 1]

Ex-Marxist Blairites and “Reactionary Anti-Imperialists”

Their case for backing Blair

Support for lesser evils?

Not a penny for this system!

Progressive Imperial Democrats?

Was it the bourgeoisie that won “bourgeois democracy”?

The Russian experience

No imperialism?

Capitulators of today and yesterday

Mañana Third Campists

Conclusions

Edited and reworked version of articles which first appeared in Solidarity 3/63 to 3/65, 2 December 2004 to 20 January 2005, in response to polemics in favour of critical support for the USA in Iraq

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Simon Nelson

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Simon Nelson

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