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Submitted by Daniel_Randall on Mon, 20/10/2008 - 13:14

Sorry, Jason, but I don't have the slightest idea what you're on about. I didn't in any sense defend Trotsky on the Brazil issue so quite why you've decided to take me to task over Trotsky's support for Hailie Selassie is beyond me.

As you say, imperialism now is very different to pre-WW2 colonial-imperialism; this is the whole point. Your organisation's perspective fails entirely to take this into account, reading off anti-imperialist formulas from 1916 onto today's conditions.

Once again your method of argument seems to be to ignore entirely the substance of what I'm actually saying, accuse me of arguing something that is not even an exaggeration of my actual position but its complete opposite, and then adopt something like my own position and pass it off as yours.

You personally may not think Muqtada al-Sadr or Ahmedinijad suitable partners for your AIUF, but the fact remains that PR believes that constructing "anti-imperialist united fronts" with bourgeois/petty-bourgeois Islamist forces is still the implied policy for workers fighting imperialism in the Middle East. If you don't agree with that - good; you have my full support in your presumably on-going attempts to change PR policy.

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