[CrashList] Put Out The Flames! Can It Really Be Done, Jared?
aabdo at webtv.net
Mon Sep 25 21:14:12 MDT 2000
Put out the flames! This was the title of a plea by Eric Garris and
Jared Israel 5 days ago, on antiwar.com. It was in response to a
growing split over how to interpret the looming Yugoslav elections. The
red baiting that started the flare-up, was not the rather sedate
commentary that Jared just posted.
No. It was a much nastier and sexist piece, written by Justin
Raimondo, entitled 'The Gloria La Riva Syndrome: In Answer to Jared
Israel'. This phoney copycat Rightist, whose trademark style is
to imitate pictorally, Matt Drudge- Right Wing superstar, launched into
a shrill abuse of the Workers World Party vice-presidential candidate,
as he tried to paint a picture of both Jared and Gloria as being some
sort of neo-Mao duo.
Jared Israel and Alex Cockburn are just 2 of the many Leftists that have
tried to work with the Rightist Libertarian element that inhabits the
realm of antiwar.com. The fact that they do so, is an act of
desperation stemming from the inactivity and refusal to mobilize forces,
that characterizes the majority sector of the US Left.
Especially the trade union and Green Party sectors, but also including
many other groups, further still to the left.
It is becoming clear, that the US elections and the Yugoslav elections,
will both contribute to the complete breakup of this desperate effort to
fashion some sort of antiwar activity from the scratch of Nader-like
enertia. Antiwar.com does not represent a dependible antiwar
tendency. The problem is... neither does the Green Party.
Now might be the time for a Left effort to coalesce some sort of antiwar
coalition, centered on opposition to US interventionism in Colombia. All
those crowds going to go hear Nader.... where will they be after
November when Gore continues the Clintonist program of neo-liberalism,
with a gun and a smirk? Where will Nader be? He'll
probably be talking about tires and campaign finance reform.
Now is the time to make the effort to unite all LEFT tendencies willing
to mobilize in the streets. Redbaiting is to be expected by
Rightists, Jared. This, they will do.
<According to people in Yugoslavia the vote situation is rather good.
Don't believe what you read in the papers.> Jared Israel
Jared, a fairly evenly split vote while under attack as Yugoslavia is,
is a terrible sign of non-support for the Milosevic group.
Yugoslavs were offered the chance to jettison Milosevic to not get the
Iraqi treatment, and a huge percentage went for it. There is no
overwhelming desire to fight on alone, while the European and US Left
turns it back on giving them solidarity.
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