Sunday, 17 March 2013
Who's Not Anti-War? The Stop the War Coalition (StWC)
The “Stop the War Coalition”. What a misnomer!
Which war, exactly? I’ll tell you. The wars fought exclusively by “Western capitalist states”. The Stop the War Coalition has zero to say about wars fought by non-capitalist states or even by capitalist Muslim or Arab states.
The Trotskyists, and also the small number of moderate Leftists who support - but don’t run - the StWC, aren’t against war in the abstract. Their hero, Trotsky, was a war leader who killed hundreds of thousands. Numerous other Leftists have fought numerous wars since then. In a very recent StWC website article they referred to Hugo Chavez as “El Comandante” – hardly the name of a man of peace. How can a “commander “ be against war?
As for Muslims, Islam is a warrior’s religion. Muslim and Islamic states have fought innumerable wars over the last 1,300 years. They have fought many wars in the last twenty years. Muslim and Islamic states are fighting wars today – often against fellow Muslims.
The StWC isn’t even against violence. Certainly not. These Leftists believe in violent revolution. Many of them believe that revolutions must be violent otherwise they won’t be fully successful.
Thus the “war” of the StWC is a lie. Just like the “peace movement” which includes the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). The ISM, being mainly Trotskyists as well, doen’t believe in peace and it’s not against war either. They aim their accusations at one exclusive target: Israel. In the STWC’s case; the targets are exclusively Western capitalist states (primarily the UK and US).