Star-crazy: UK Stalinists on Libya

February 22, 2011 at 2:37 pm (africa, David Cameron, Human rights, Jim D, Middle East, stalinism, surrealism)

Drop the hyperbole
The injustices we’re up against are bad enough.

Don’t start comparing our atrocious government to the Egyptian dictatorship or writing about our still young movement against the government like it’s the storming of the Bastille. People will laugh at you.

From an article in the  Morning Star of 14th February 2011 

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I suppose it was all too predicatable that some deranged old Stalinist would write to the Morning Star defending Gaddafi’s ‘anti-imperialist’ regime and predicting that those “who have risen up against the colonel may, in another 10 or 20 years, realise what they have lost, just as the citizens of the former Soviet Union and eastern European socialist democracies now do.”  And I suppose it’s fair enough that the Star should publish such a pitiful letter, as it is probably representative of what passes for “thought” amongst a fair proportion of the Star‘s readership.

But, as the corpses lie the streets of Tripoli,  there can be no excuse for an editorial that appears to argue that the Libyan regime is no worse than Cameron’s Con-Dem coalition:

“You really have to give Prime Minister David Cameron big brownie points for sheer unmitigated cheek and an arrogance that seemingly knows no limits.

“His coalition is at present making tut-tutting noises at the Libyan government for being anti-democratic, unresponsive to public opinion and pressure and continuing to prosecute its own agenda regardless of the feelings of its population.

“At the same time, however, his cobbled-together coalition is proceeding blithely on its own course, attempting to wreck the welfare state, sell off anything that moves and bury anything that doesn’t.

“But the Con-Dem coalition has about as much of a mandate to do this as Muammar Gaddafi’s minions had to cut loose with guns on the Libyan protesters.

“And, while that comparison may seem a little over the top, it should be remembered that Mr Cameron’s offensive on the welfare state, encompassing as it does attacks on the National Health Service and the whole range of public services to people at risk, could easily cost lives and will likely result in the destruction of many people’s wellbeing.”

Such a comparison is not only politically bizarre to the point of losing all touch with reality: it’s also a gross insult to the courageous Libyan protesters and does nothing to build the British anti-cuts movement.

Click image to see photos of protests in Libya

Just like Britain under Cameron?

4 Comments

  1. sackcloth and ashes said,

    ‘who have risen up against the colonel may, in another 10 or 20 years, realise what they have lost, just as the citizens of the former Soviet Union and eastern European socialist democracies now do’.

    Hmm, yes. I’m sure the East Germans, Poles, Czechs, Slovaks, Hungarians, Latvians, Estonians etc are really nauseated by the free elections, free speech, increased prosperity, economic modernisation, opportunities for travel they’ve experienced since 1989. It was so much better when they had no sovereignty and (in the case of the Balts) independence, when corrupt bastards like Ceausescu and Honecker ruled the roost, and when the fun-loving chaps from the KGB/Stasi/StB/Securitate were there to keep things nice and orderly.

    I can’t believe that wankers like this are still alive.

  2. Nayme Hear said,

    Sadly sackcloth and ashes, a lot of Eastern Europeans do look back with some degree of nostagia to the bad old days of Stalinism. Mainly because what has followed has been so bad.

  3. sackcloth and ashes said,

    NH, I worked in Poland for six months in 1994, when the economic conditions were tougher than they are now. I’ve also done a fair bit of travelling around the region. Excluding Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and FRY (which I’m not all that familiar with) I never met anyone who had any regrets that the old order had gone.

  4. SteveH said,

    I do think we need to see the difference in the various regimes, even if we think they should be toppled. For example, if Cuba were to fall that would be very different from Libya or Egypt. Having said that, when any individual becomes the state and the power then start counting the days, even if in Gaddafi’s case around 15000 of them!

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