It’s certainly the worst article I’ve read from a group that has some, however limited, inlfuence in the labour movement.
Tom O’Donnell is a moral and political cretin.
Socialist Action has so far strayed from Marxism that they discuss Libya without referring to classes, mass struggle, or the nature of the Gaddafi’s regime – except in terms of the latter’s relation to ‘imperialism’.
Imperialism for Tom O’Donnell seems to be some kind of S/F group-mind monster that is stalking the planet – bravely resisted by a few countries (Iran for example).
I note that John Ross, the leader of SA, was always a moral and political cretin. So I suppose this doesn;t change much.
Yesterday, The Independent on Sunday learned that the rebel military commander behind the successful assault on Tripoli had fought in Afghanistan alongside the Taliban and was an Islamist terror suspect interrogated by the CIA. Abdelhakim Belhadj, the newly appointed commander of the Tripoli Military Council is a former emir of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) – banned by Britain and the US as a terrorist organisation after the 9/11 attacks.
The 45-year-old first went to Afghanistan in the late 1980s, where he fought against occupying Soviet forces. Arrested in Malaysia in 2004, he was interrogated by the CIA in Thailand before being extradited to Libya, where he was released from prison last year; he has since renounced violence. Mr Belhadj has become a hero of the Libyan revolution – and ally of the West.
Algeria charges that Qatari financial and material support of the rebel Libyan Transition National Council (TNC), which has effectively replaced Colonel Moammar Gathafi as the troubled country’s sole legal authority involves aiding Al Qaeda’s North African franchise, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). Qatar is “funnelling hundreds of millions of dollars to fund and fuel the TNC and its various branches, including the army of Al Qaeda,” said an Algerian newspaper editorial.