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Submitted by Jason on Sun, 27/03/2011 - 20:38

They might not be on the streets demanding control of the planes and the bombs but that is because they are in the middle of fighting a war- that does not make the demand any less right. The control of the fighter planes and missiles should be under the military control of the rebels and answerable to democratic councils of the revolutionary struggle. Even if that means foreign pilots, technology, expertise and personnel the important issue is strategic control.

To misrepresent this position as "being willing to acquiesce de facto in Qaddafy's destruction of a movement that embodies the aspirations of Libya's oppressed and exploited, would be disastrous all around." is not only completely inaccurate- it borders on offensive (not to me but to the Libyan fighters) but I'll leave offense aside for now. The only way such a position makes sense is if you believe that the only alternative to imperialist air strike is doing nothing.

We are not demanding nothing. We are demanding mass solidarity and aid to Libya under the control of the workers' movement.

I suppose that the only way the dilemma would arise is if we had some kind of revolutionary socialist MPs and they held the balance in voting for or against war. Sadly we don't and parliament doesn't get to vote on war anywhere except retrospectively when it doesn't make too much difference anyway.

If the workers' movement was powerful enough to make a difference like that it would be powerful enough to demand massive assistance including military assistance to the rebels- but crucially under their control.

We may be a long way off that but we fight for the politics now that will bring about the situation where workers are in control.

In the fight in Libya now we are clear which side we are on and when I have spoken to several Libyan exiles here including ones who have gone to Benghazi to fight they largely agree with me, though we may disagree on the no-fly zone (though I do support a no-fly zone but one imposed under rebel control) and certainly don't accuse me of de facto or any other way of supporting Gadaffi

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