Archive for the ‘War’ Category

The crisis and the coming battles

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Text of a speech delivered at the national conference of the Cadres, Engineer and Services Workers Union, affiliated to the Belgian socialist confederation of trade unions, on October 21, 2010 at Blankenberge, by Stephen Bouquin, Professor of Sociology at the University of Evry in France and a leading activist of Sp.a Rood the left tendency of the Flemish Socialist Party.

Dear comrades, dear friends,

We are currently facing a difficult and complex situation. Many trade union and leftist militants are puzzled and some get discouraged. We feel that our certainties are not worth much anymore. We feel confused and that we no longer have a hold on events. In these tumultuous times it is important to stay on track and especially in the right direction. A conference is a great opportunity to do that. It allows us to examine the situation in which we find ourselves. A conference allows us to outline future perspectives, to agree on objectives and on the actions to be taken. I am very pleased to be able to make a contribution to your conference. It is truly a pleasure and an honor.


Wars in Africa since 1989 15. Slavery, colonisation and plunder

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

When the missionaries came to Africa, they had the Bible and we had the land.

They said: “Let us pray”. We closed our eyes.

When we opened them, we had the Bible and they had the land.1

Desmond Tutu

Africa is a seething cauldron of desperation. Hunger, disease, plunder and tyranny are generating wars and perpetual flows of refugees. But the wars are no longer between different nation-states. In the 1990s, people in many countries have had to rely on armed gangs to ‘protect’ them against other armed gangs. The central machinery of state has crumbled and lost control. In practice, many governments have become gangs just like any other.


The Iraq War 17. A strategy for world dominance

Saturday, December 24th, 2016

God told me to strike at al-Qaida and I struck them, and then he instructed me to stri­ke at Saddam, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in the Mid­dle East.1

George W. Bush, June 2003

In March 2003, the United States and the ”Coalition of the Willing” inva­ded Iraq. Five years later, at least one hundred thousand people, but may­be up to a million, had died and many more had been injured.2 Over four million people had become refugees, half of them in Iraq and half outside. Little remains of what was once one of the most prosperous and develo­ped countries of the Middle East. Those parts of Iraq that are not control­led by the US army are run by sectarian gangs.


The causes of war, and how to stop it 18. Big business and the struggle for socialism

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

War and Resistance is a translation of the Swedish book Draksådd, originally published in 2004 and in the light of current events is as relevant as ever. It analyzes the most important wars of the past hundred years. It examines the role of the United Nations, civil disobedience and many other failed attempts to stop war. And as a contrast explains why other forms of resistance to war have been successful. This is the final chapter, all the others are available here as previous posts.

We did not conquer India for the benefit of the Indians.

We conquered India as the outlet for the goods of Great Britain.

We conquered India by the sword, and by the sword we should hold it.1

Lord Brentford, former British government minister, speaking in 1930