How can Israel be defended against Antisemitism and Islamofascism? This is the really big issue of the day and one which cannot be dodged.
But when I turn to the blog of nominal socialist Neil Clark I find that that is exactly what he does. He dodges the issue of the defence of Israel from the threat of the Iranian Nuclear Bomb, and in the process of doing that he is providing a cover for the Fascists who rule Iran. His position is absolutely disgraceful for someone who calls himself a socialist and shows, in reality, the gulf which separates Trotskyism from sympathizers with Stalinism. I say that Clark is a sympathizer of Stalinism because he is also providing on his blog a cover for the betrayal of the French Stalinist Communist Party in the pivotal 1968 Events in Paris.
On Iran Clark is not direct but there is no condemnation of Iran, and there is no defence of Israel. Far from it!
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Neo-conservatism is, as I’ve said before on many occasions, the most fraudulent ideology in history. Everything about is phoney-not least the ‘war on terror’ that neocon propagandists remind us of every time they put pen to paper or are handed a microphone.
The double standards in the ‘war on terror’ are glaring. In this excellent piece for the First Post, Matthew Carr writes of western support for terrorists in Iran:
The Resistance Council is generally considered a front for the Mujahideen e-Khalq (MEK), an enigmatic Marxist-Islamist group based in Iraq. As well as bombings and assassinations of Iranian state officials, the MEK is accused of killing Americans, and aiding Saddam’s 1991 repression of the Kurds and Shia. In the build-up to the Iraq war these activities were cited by the Bush administration as evidence of Saddam Hussein’s supposed sponsorship of ‘international terrorism’.
Yes, you’ve guessed it, the MEK and the Iranian Resistance Council, are now the ‘good guys’ as the hawks in Washington look for all the help they can get in their campaign to topple the current Iranian government.
Western backing for terrorists in Iran shouldn’t surprise us. In the late 1990s, the west backed the KLA (Kosovan Liberation Army) in their campaign of terror against both Serbian and Albanian civilians in Kosovo. The aims back then were the same as they are in Iran today- to help destabilise a government which didn’t do exactly what the empire builders in Washington wanted it to do. And that, for our neo-con terrorist-supporting ‘democrats’, really is the ultimate crime.
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These following two comments also appear and they show that Clark is in a political swamp, evading the central issue of Israel, the Jews, Antisemitism, Fascism, Islamofascism; into which the role of US and British Imperialism must be placed. The end result is that Clark and his friends are providing a cover for Islamofascism, as if he and they have learned nothing from the way in which US Imperialism joined with the Iranian Mullahs to destroy Yugoslavia and trample over Serbian rights. The question that is obvious…could that also not happen to Israel?
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This is really the great divide, IN PRACTICE, with Trotsky and Trotskyism.
There is no question whatsoever that Leon Trotsky in the 1930s had become a Zionist, in so far as Trotsky had come to these conclusions:
1. The Jews were a nation
2. This nation of Jews must set up their JEWISH state in that geographical area of Palestine
3. And the antisemitism of the “reactionary Mohammedans” (HIS EXACT WORDS) must be guarded against by the Jews.
Clark links to an organization called First Post, and it is hard to know where they stand. But they seem to support Islam, Fascism and hate Israel as this shows:
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For decades, Israeli propaganda routinely reviled Yasser Arafat’s Fatah organisation as a bloodthirsty terrorist gang comparable to the Nazis. In the last two years, both Israel and the US have armed Fatah in order to undermine Hamas, which has now taken the place of the PLO in the pantheon of evil.
Such twists and turns are not unique to Western states, but the West has been remarkably effective in presenting ‘terrorism’ as a kind of morality play of good vs evil. Such presentations reinforce the false sense of innocence that is intrinsic to the ‘War on Terror’, with its fairytale narratives of monstrous enemies who hate us because of our intrinsic goodness.
Beyond this cosy moral universe lies a less appealing picture, in which both states and the ‘terrorist organisations’ they fight act in accordance with the bleakest realpolitik, not morality. If we want to understand better the savage times we live in, we should talk less about ‘values’ and take a more honest look at the hidden sewers underlying our international system, where Special Forces and the Jundallah find common cause.