Friday, February 27, 2009

Long Beach ANSWER Cell Mobilizes for March 21st Protest

A former student of mine dropped off one of these International ANSWER flyers announcing a March 21 protest rally in Los Angeles, "Bring the Troops Home NOW!"

Answer L.A.

I'm really intrigued with the latest direction of the antiwar movement.

It can't really be all about "bringing the troops home now." The Obama administration's
now committed to winding down the war in Iraq (and many Republicans are on board), and Afghanistan was considered a just war everywhere except the most extreme bastions of hardline anti-Americanism (and the American footprint there has hardly been "hegemonic" for that matter). No, the fact is that ANSWER's committed to the violent overthrow of the world capitalist, imperialist classes and the establishment of a new-age utopian state of multi-culti statism and post-hierarchical ontology. Even more interesting is how far the administration's obliging this agenda. What's to protest?

What's really interesting to me is that not only are these flyers routinely plastered all over my campus, but little green pocket-size leaflets are posted outside the offices of the history faculty in the hallway in my department. My college frankly hosts an
ANSWER cell that is the local community contact-point for the international socialist movement. At least two of my colleagues are faculty sponsors of the group (one of whom I've debated). They have a bulletin board on my floor with photographs of previous bus-trips to downtown pro-terror rallies. These are the uncollegial folks who nihilist Dave Noon defended as regular-old professors, people who couldn't possibly ostractize conservative faculy members on the grounds of alleged neo-fascist androcentric patriarchy. Nope, it's a figment of the conservative imagination.

It's an upside-down world out there folks (and there's more along these lines at "The Ayers-Dohrn Paradox").

3 comments:

rbosque said...

Amazing how they depict that lone un-armed guy with a Palistinian flag surrounded by guns. When it's the other way around. Those people lob rockets at innocent civilians in Israel.

Dana said...

Our esteemed host wrote:

It can't really be all about "bringing the troops home now." The Obama administration's now committed to winding down the war in Iraq (and many Republicans are on board), and Afghanistan was considered a just war everywhere except the most extreme bastions of hardline anti-Americanism (and the American footprint there has hardly been "hegemonic" for that matter).

Why can't it be? That President Obama has set a combat troops withdrawal date eighteen months into the future doesn't mean that our friends on the left will somehow be satisfied with that; they want the troops home now!

Nor do I think that the anti-war movement has taken what you have called it's "latest direction." Rather, the anti-war movement, even in the 1960s, was very much a movement against the notions of power, very opposed to the idea that some people have more mower -- and money -- than others. From this came the simplistic notion that, in any conflict, the side perceived to have the most power is invariably the "bad guy."

This is why Israel gets such harsh treatment from our friends on the left. If they actually examined how the Israelis treat people and how the Israelis want to live, vis a vis how their Arab enemies treat people and want to structure their lives, they'd be strongly on the side of the Israelis. But our friends on the left routinely ignore such cultural niceties from the Muslim world such as executing women for adultery, virtual enslavement of foreign-born domestic workers, severe punishments, including death, for homosexuals, and a host of other things, all because they subordinate them to the simplistic power equation: the Israelis have more power, therefore they are bad.

Gary Fouse said...

Donald,

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gary