War and Terror

Marine A is no hero

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Will Sefton

Marine A: Right, get him closer in so PGSS can’t see what we’re doing to him… Marine A: Where is the CAT, Ugly call sign? [Referring to the helicopter that is watching them pretending to apply a field dressing to an injured Afghan insurgent.] Marine B: It’s gone that way? Marine A: Yeah Marine B: Went south, mate? (Gunshot) M: What was that? Marine A: There you are, shuffle off this mortal coil you cunt. It’s nothing you wouldn’t do to us. Marine B: I know. M: Exactly. Marine A: Obviously this doesn’t go anywhere fellas. Marine B: Yeah, roger, mate.

After a campaign by former and current members of the military, the Daily Mail and his family, Marine A, Sergeant Alexander Blackman, has had his conviction for shooting a wounded member of the Taliban in 2011 quashed and he will now be tried for manslaughter.

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The Warsaw Ghetto uprising: a desperate last stand against the Nazis

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Joan Trevor

Sixty-seven years ago this month the Nazis began their final assault on the Warsaw Ghetto, where 40,000 Jews were making a last desperate, heroic stand against Nazi barbarians determined to annihilate them. A mere remnant of Warsaw's once-large Jewish population, they had decided that it is better to die on your feet, fighting, than to die on your knees, unresisting. The Warsaw Ghetto was the first instance of an uprising by "civilians" in occupied Europe during the Second World War. Joan Trevor tells the story.

The last desperate fight of the Jews of Warsaw in 1943

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Demagogues and Critics: The True Story of "Stop the War Coalition"

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Paul Hampton

“What is demagogy? It is a deliberate play with sham values in politics, the dissemination of false promises and the solace of non-existent blessings.” Leon Trotsky, The Stalin School of Falsification (1937)

The history of the movement against the war in Iraq has yet to be written. No doubt an enterprising student somewhere is already busy reconstructing the story of how it happened and why. Such an account would be extremely valuable, given the numbers that have been involved and the movement’s continuing impact on national and international politics.

A review of "Stop the War: The story of Britain’s biggest mass movement" by Andrew Murray and Lindsey German.

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Iraq: tide turning? And which way?

By Colin Foster

According to the Independent, probably the major newspaper most sharply critical of the US/UK military in Iraq, “the tide is turning”.

Patrick Cockburn writes: “American forces are on the retreat throughout Iraq.

“Slowly, the great American adventure in the country, which started with the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003, is coming to an end.” (Independent, 12 April)

Jonathan Steele, in the Guardian, takes the opposite view:

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The Senate non-triumph

By Sacha Ismail

George Galloway’s performance in front of a US Senate committee charged with investigating Iraq’s former oil-for-food programme has been hailed as a triumph by both his mouthpiece Socialist Worker and substantial sections of the bourgeois press.

No doubt these sentiments are shared by broad swathes of pseudo-leftist punditry and public opinion, delighted to see a plucky “Brit” stand up to the tyrannical string-pullers in Washington.

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Arms spending

The sums spent by the world’s richest governments on aid and debt relief pale in comparison to the amount they spend on weapons. In 2004 — the sixth successive year in which global arms spending increased — the global total spent on munitions topped $1 trillion for the first time since the height of the Cold War. The amount spent on aid that year was $78.6 billion.

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Apparatus Marxism in the Balkan war - 7-9 + afterword

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Caliban: Then the “banker turned politician Milosevic stepped in to divert the anger away from the government by whipping up hatred against Albanians living in Serb-run Kosovo… Milosevic put forward a simple answer to the economic crisis brought about by the madness of the market — blame the Albanians.”

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Apparatus Marxism in the Balkan war - 1-6

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WHAT the “self-conceit” of the Apparatus Marxists “accomplished” during the Balkan war was to put their “Marxism” to the task of apologising for and making propaganda on behalf of Serbian imperialism attempting genocide in its colony Kosova.

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Lenin and the myth of revolutionary defeatism by Hal Draper

“When Vladimir Ilyitch once observed me glancing through a collection of his articles written in the year 1903, which had just been published, a sly smile crossed his face, and he remarked with a laugh: ‘It is very interesting to read what stupid fellows we were!”’

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Lenin and the Myth of Revolutionary Defeatism by Hal Draper (part 2)

After Lenin: the revival and reinterpretation

The revival of defeatism did not take place while Lenin was alive, that is, during the first five years of the Comintern... A check of the resolutions and theses, major documents, and publications of the Comintern permits the confident statement: if anyone referred to defeatism at all, it certainly played no role in the programme, policy and principles of the Communist International under Lenin.

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