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Darren Cogavin • 24 August 2006

In his article Manifesto of the Third Camp, Anthony McIntyre recycles the odious garbage of Samuel Huntington’s The Clash of Civilizations, directing liberals outside the ranks of the “Irrelevant Left” to enlist in the crusade for Western secular and enlightenment values against savage, fanatical Islam. His commentary provides further evidence of the Third Camp’s bullet-like trajectory towards the First Camp.

Much of the article consists of platitudes and truisms, such as calling for the defence of “liberties and rights that citizens in Western societies have gained and enjoy” from “US and Islamic authoritarian expansionism”. Accompanying this is a call for the expulsion of Iran from the so-called “international community”. If McIntyre were consistent in his opposition to both U.S militarism and political Islam, then why doesn’t he call for the expulsion of the U.S from the “international community” also?

The answer is simple. The “international community” is just another buzz word coined by some spin doctor in the White House in need of snappy generalisation to describe the US and its “coalition of the willing”. Anthony McIntyre might argue however that the term is a reference to the United Nations. But the UN is not a benign or neutral force, as the people of Iraq and the Middle East know only too well. In Iraq, it was the UN who committed genocide by sustaining sanctions on the Iraqi people for 13 years and in Palestine they are widely seen as an instrument of the US.

Anthony McIntyre’s flawed analysis of imperialism is embarrassing in its lack of rigour. The main threat to all our liberty comes not from political Islam, but trigger-happy US imperialism intent on military invasion and occupation in pursuit of profit and international hegemony. Marxists and anti-imperialists in the US and Europe should be concerned with exposing the so-called “war on terror” and the other military interventions US imperialism have been threatening from Syria to North Korea to Venezuela. And it’s in the name of this “war against terror” that governments across Europe, not the dark hordes from the East, are eroding basic civil liberties whilst especially targeting Muslim and immigrant populations.

The article also contains denunciations of unspecified left groups for supposedly betraying the democratic ideals that the authors of the Manifesto of the Third Camp claim to uphold. But it is McIntyre and his fellow travellers in the Third Camp who demonstrate real flexibility with regard to democratic values.

One of the most basic tenets of consistent democracy is solidarity with mass-based rebellions against occupation, national oppression and colonial rule when they actually occur. However, the Third Camp’s abject refusal to support the colonial uprising against imperialism in Iraq at best signifies political abstentionism and at worst back-handed support for imperialists, disguising their social chauvinism with “socialist” slogans. The hypocrisy of the Irish republican signatories of the Manifesto is particularly nauseating.

The biggest obstacle to US domination of Iraq and the Middle East has become the armed resistance to the US military occupation of Iraq. This is a very positive development in terms of the interests of the world’s oppressed because any success for the US in its current "war on terrorism" will strengthen their arrogance. One need not lend political support to the Islamic-led armed resistance in Iraq in order to call for their military victory against the occupying forces. Without that resistance, US imperialism might well now be preparing troops for a full-scale invasion of Iran.

It’s to the detriment of the Iraqi working class that the collaborationist Iraqi Communist Party and the Worker-communist Party of Iraq - backed by McIntyre and his comrades in the social-chauvinist Third Camp - have chosen to position themselves against the growing movement challenging US imperialism arms in hand at a time when revolutionary Marxism is most urgently needed.


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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27 August 2006

Other Articles From This Issue:

The Price of Our Memory
Anthony McIntyre

In the Balance
John Kennedy

The Time for Revolutionary Marxism is NOW
Darren Cogavin

No! To A Holy War
Liam O Comain

Rendition Collusion
Eoin McGrath

Rendition Flights
John Kennedy

An Open Letter to Martina Anderson
Dr John Coulter

An Honest Writer: Cristóir Ó Floinn
Seaghán Ó Murchú

A Dual Presidency: An Improbable Solution to the Irish Problem
Michael Gillespie

Federalism
Michéal Mhá Dúnnáin

Petition Calling for a Referendum on Irish Unification
Patrick Lismore

Federal Unionism—Early Sinn Fein: Article 5
Michael Gillespie

Federal Unionism—Early Sinn Fein: Article 6
Michael Gillespie

Number Crunching
Dr John Coulter

PFI Ventures Show the Con in all its Sordid Splendour
Anthony McIntyre


21 August 2006

Throwing the Book at Gerry
John Kennedy

The Man With the Planter Name
Liam O Comain

Diplock Delay Equals Justice Denied
Martin Galvin

Kevin Lynch, INLA Volunteer
Ray Collins

1981 Hunger Strike Commemoration in Chicago
Richard Wallace

The Question of Paisley's Legacy
Dr John Coulter

Turf War
John Kennedy

Eoin O’Duffy’s biography by Fearghal McGarry
Seaghán Ó Murchú

The Proclamation to Me
Mick Hall

Federal Unionism—Early Sinn Fein: Article 3
Michael Gillespie

Federal Unionism—Early Sinn Fein: Article 4
Michael Gillespie

House on Notting Hill
Dr John Coulter

Courage, Muslim Leaders
David Adams

Middle East Conflict Has Abandoned Rules of War
Anthony McIntyre

A Warning From History
John Kennedy

Cartoon Commissar
Anthony McIntyre

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