(From The Telegraph Online)
The militants are believed to be from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the joint Iraqi-Syrian al-Qaida affiliate that is also fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in neighbouring Syria. Seizing control of Mosul, which lies on a stretch of the Tigris less than 100 miles from the Syrian border, would help the group in its aim of carving out a swathe of uncontested territory straddling the two borders.
How much suffering?
How many Beheadings?
How many rapes?
Yesterday on Talk Radio Europe there was a woman on the panel who actually defended Obama when I said that Obama was Islam. How can such a person get onto a radio panel? What qualifies her?
How much suffering is the policy of Obama towards Islam going to cause these Arabs who are fleeing from Al Qaida in Northern Iraq, Mosul?
And as regards the woman defending Islam and Obama how much ignorance can grown people have?
Bush went to war against Saddam. Tony Blair and his whole British state joined in. That was a fatal move.
The “Left” Fascists such as the Anti War Movement took to the streets of London and Dublín in opposition. That movement was reactionary and false however because the real reason it was necessary to defend Saddam (Baathist regime brutal and mad) was that the secular Baathists were a defence against Al Qaida. The “Left” Fascists in taking to the streets were really defending Al Qaida. Notice that I place left in inverted commas. These are Fascists. They are also Antisemites. We on 4international are true Trotskyism and we oppose these Fascists who attack the jewish Homeland.
Bush and Blair were opening the door to Al Qaida in Iraq. Or in other words to the entrance of the Jihad based on the Quran into Iraq. And so these poor Arabs today flee in millions from Mosul. It only takes a moment of reflection to see that the “Left” fascists in the anti-war movement of the time were actually on the side of Al Qaida, and the consequences of the Bush War has had the same result.
In fact the necessary defence of Saddam Hussein then is very like the necessary defence of Assad today (but critical of Assad’s Alliance with Iran and Hizbullah) are very similar.
there are times when you have to defend dictators in politics because the lesser evil often is the rule.
This issue came up very often in the 1930s and there is a memorable retelling of an Aesop Fable by Leon Trotsky. It is about taking decisions to defend a particular position from Fascists, and Al Qaida is Fascism
AN AESOP FABLE
From What Next? Vital Question for the German Proletariat, 1932
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A cattle dealer once drove some bulls to the slaughterhouse. And the butcher came night with his sharp knife.
“If you please, in what way is the butcher any worse than the dealer who drove us hither with his cudgel?” replied the bulls, who had received their political education in Manuilsky’s institute. [The Comintern.]
“But we shall be able to attend to the dealer as well afterwards!”
“Nothing doing,” replied the bulls firm in their principles, to the counselor. “You are trying, from the left, to shield our enemies — you are a social-butcher yourself.”
And they refused to close ranks.