[CrashList] The Yugoslav Election
aabdo at webtv.net
Sun Sep 24 21:30:36 MDT 2000
It is clear that the Yugoslav government of Milosevic has been backed
into the same corner that the Sandinistas found themselves in, in 1990.
They called elections in the midst of a war with the United States.
In addition, it appears that both leaderships misread their own
populations dominant sentiment of being desirous above all else, of
avoiding any continued military conflict with a vastly superior, US led
force. The elections were seen by the Yugoslav population, as an
opportunity to try to bailout of being further bashed, in a conflict
where victory would be impossible to achieve. It is as simple as
Unfortunately, now we have to listen to the imperialist propaganda that
will maintain that the vote was a 'free' outpouring of sentiment against
those that spoke up for national independence and autonomy. Like it
could really be possible to achieve any true democracy in a situation
of a dominant power terrorizing a much smaller nation.
Just like with the Nicaraguan
elections, US money was pumped into the coffers of 'opposition'
candidates. And the threat of a renewed, and enlarged war, more
impoverishing yet than the previous bloodshed, was held over the heads
of an entire nation. This hallmark of a brutish, bullying
super-power using its brute military power to terrorize, is now standard
US policy throughout the world. Ask the Colombians, Palestinians,
and the Iraqis.
And thus closes this latest chapter, in a misguided Left effort to
support something it called, 'self determination' in The Balkans. A
truly ugly picture emerges of this reformist pseudo- reform 'socialism',
allied with NGOs of dubious financing from imperialist coffers.
Together, they prepped the way for imperialist intervention, without
significant home opposition. The intellectual leaders of this
trend, were all busy analyzing the defects of the official enemy.
An oppostion to further US state terrorism has to be built on the basis
of directly confronting the current solid worker support for the US
military. It is a mistake to just go about our business in the
imperialist countries, until maybe, just maybe, somewhere else outside
our national boundaries, a strong enough Movement can be built to defeat
militarily, all alone, our governments' armed forces.
Activists must mobilize a vanguard current, that can build a movement
that will initially be totally unpopular amongst our own national
working classes. The Green parties won't do it, the Social
Democratic 'labor' parties won't do it, and quite frankly, the majority
of the Anarchist and Communist parties won't do it either. Yet it
must be done. The world working class demands it of us.
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