||Issue No. 181||06 June 2003|
History: Nest of Traitors
Interview: A Nation of Hope
Unions: National Focus
Safety: The Shocking Truth
Tribute: A Comrade Departed
History: Working Bees
Education: The Big Picture
International: Static Labour
Economics: Budget And Fudge It
Technology: Google and Campaigning
Review: Secretary With A Difference
Poetry: The Minimale
Satire: Howard Calls for Senate to be Replaced by Clap-O-Meter
Allianz Claims on Sick and Dying
Back Pay Bill From Behind the Bars
Stabbings Ground Job Cuts Ė For Now
Red Light for Cut Price Labour Hire
Sacked Workersí Ultimate Insult
Electrolux Repays Survival With Bastardry
Nurses: Bosses Should Foot Bank Fees
Rail Workers Telegraph Press Council Track
Call Centre Leak Shames Stellar
The Locker Room
Response to Gould
Aged Policy Looks Hairy
God Save Billy Deane
More Bad Language
Labor Council of NSW
Letters to the Editor
Response to Gould
I would like to comment on Bob Gould's "open letter" which appeared in issue 176.
The full text of my article "NOT IN YOUR NAME INDEED" in 'The Australian' may be viewed on the Left pro-war website www.lastsuperpower.net/
I supported the US-led war against the Iraqi regime because I oppose fascist dictatorships of any kind, including those originally established by the US itself. I do not accept the logic or the morality of the viewpoint that says one should not support the US overthrow of such a regime because the US helped create it in the first place.
A genuine Left position supports the overthrow of fascism by force when necessary and recognizes that bourgeois democracy is qualitatively better than semi-feudal despotism. A social revolution is underway in the Middle East.
Bob Gould says that "It is clear the Iraqi people will attempt to take advantage of the fall of Saddam Hussein to achieve freedom of speech, basic trade union rights, (etc)".
Saddam, of course, did not "fall". He was toppled, overthrown, and now his state apparatus is being dismantled and replaced. This was only possible because of the US-led war. Modernization and democratization of the region has been the US goal all along. Freedom of speech, etc., are part and parcel of that process. The first non-Ba'athist newspaper to be distributed in Baghdad after the regime's defeat was the 'People's Path', published by the Iraqi Communist Party.
The civilian casualities of the war were equal to about a month's tally of murder under the Saddam regime. Bob Gould represents a pseudo-Left position which objectively served, and was applauded by, the regime.
Your readers may also like to read the article "WAR FOR PEACE? IT WORKED IN MY COUNTRY", by Jose Ramos Horta, published in the New York Times on 25 February, which argued against the anti-war movement. The URL is: http://usinfo.state.gov/topical/pol/arms/03022504.htm
It is right to rebel against reactionaries,
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