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Leon Trotsky Blasts SWP and SP on Libya and Syria

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Unlike many of his latterday followers - or pretend followers - Leon Trotsky was no fool. The man who turned near defeat into total victory for the Red Army knew how to see through an imperialist plot and subterfuge. Below are some vital quotations from Trotsky, that should have prevented the Irish Socialist Workers Party and Socialist Party from becoming Nato dupes. Sadly, they don't seem to read Trotsky.

 

Trotsky:

I'll make the simplest and most striking example. Brazil is dominated by a semi-fascist regime to which every revolutionary can not treat differently, than with hatred.

 

Assume, however, that tomorrow England enters into a military conflict with Brazil.

 

I ask you, whose side will be in this conflict the world working class? Answer for myself: I will in this case be on the side of "Fascist" Brazil against "democratic" Great Britain.

 

Why? Because the conflict between them will not be about democracy and fascism. If England wins, she will plant in Rio de Janeiro some other fascist to impose a double chain on Brazil. Conversely, if Brazil wins, it will give a mighty impulse to national and democratic consciousness of the country and lead to the overthrow of the Vargas dictatorship. The defeat of England will cause at the same time a blow to British imperialism and will give an impetus to the revolutionary movement of the British proletariat.

 

You need to have a truly empty head, to reduce global antagonisms and military conflicts to the struggle between fascism and democracy. Under all masks one must be able to distinguish between the exploiters, slaveholders and predators!

 

Interview with Mateo Fossa 26 sept. 1938

 

 

Trotsky:

Imperialism can exist only because there are backward nations on our planet, colonial and semi-colonial countries. The struggle of these oppressed peoples for national unity and independence has a twofold progressive character, since, on the one hand, it prepares favorable conditions of development for their own use, and on the other, it strikes blows at imperialism. Hence, in part, the conclusion that in a war between a civilized imperialist democratic republic and the backward barbarian monarchy of a colonial country, the socialists will be entirely on the side of the oppressed country, notwithstanding its monarchy, and against the oppressor country, notwithstanding its “democracy”.

 

1940 "Stalin – An Appraisal of the Man and his Influence"

 

 

Trotsky:

The struggle against war and its social source, capitalism, presupposes direct, active, unequivocal support to the oppressed colonial peoples in their struggles and wars against imperialism. A 'neutral' position is tantamount to support of imperialism.

 

Resolution on the Antiwar Congress of the London Bureau (July 1936)

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Thanks for that, these are brilliant quotes. I'm not sure where the SWP?SP has been in the last 10 years when the imperialism has been raging in the Middle East but wherever they were, they didnt understand much. It's good to keep the above in mind when we see developments in Syria, quite a few people seem to be confused again.

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Indeed, it's very hard to imagine where these people have been - or even are. Imperialism is not even trying to hide its dirty work any more - it's genocidal greed is even more naked today than in the 19th century.

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