Against the Current, No. 152, May/June 2011
Budget Woes, Class Wars
— The Editors
Libya and the Arab Uprisings
— The Editors
The Unfolding Arab Uprisings
— Suzi Weissman interviews Mark LeVine
The Attack on American Muslims
— Malik Miah
An Account from Madison
— Tessa Echeverria and Connor Donegan
Gutting Cities and Public Education
— Dianne Feeley
Tennessee: Another Battle Front
— Jase Short
Ohio Workers, Services Under Fire
— Michael Connery
Wisconsin and Beyond
— Kim Moody
- May Day at 125
The Lasting Legacy of Florynce Kennedy, Black Feminist Fighter
— Sherie M. Randolph
Wrestling with Ralph Ellison
— Nathaniel Mills
Pappe and Israel's New Historians
— Kit Adam Wainer
Zionism's Many "Returns"
— Jimmy Johnson
Why the Revolt in Egypt?
— Dan La Botz
Workers' Revolts of the 1970s
— Steve Downs
Assignment 1: LGBT Equality
— Enku MC Ide
- In Memoriam
Wilebaldo Solano, 1916-2010
— J. Martorell
Wilebaldo Solano As I Knew Him
— Suzi Weissman
— Brian Dolinar
— The Editors
Rebuilding the Antiwar Movement
— Steve Bloom and Dayne Goodwin
THE SWEEPING UPHEAVALS in Arab countries and North Africa continue to unfold. Among these events, the uprising in Libya and the subsequent United Nations/NATO intervention have provoked intense controversy within the international left and antiwar movement. The debate is an inevitable and necessary one — given both the imminent massacre that appeared likely to occur if the Qaddafi regime recaptured Benghazi and other opposition population centers, and what we well know to be the far-from-humanitarian motives of the imperialist intervening powers.
We will not attempt here to develop a full position, but we consider several points to be of critical importance:
People everywhere have a right to overthrow dictatorships. In the Libyan context, the forces called the rebels deserve our support; the Qaddafi regime does not.
The rebels have the right to demand aid from whatever sources they wish. At the same time, revolutionary internationalists have the right to raise questions and criticisms about the sources and forms of such support and its consequences.
We do not see the United States, NATO or “the West” providing a solution to the crisis. Based on history, these powers are overwhelmingly likely to make things worse and they have no right whatsoever to choose or “approve” the leaders of a post-Qaddafi Libya.
Strategically, organizations and individuals disagree on whether to oppose the UN Resolution and the “no-fly zone,” arming the rebels, etc. These are areas of debate and discussion. It is not surprising that differences exist even among the most principled and committed antiwar fighters and internationalists.
The socialist organization Solidarity, which publishes Against the Current, has posted on its website www.solidarity-us.org two statements, each expressing the views of some members of the National Committee, respectively titled “Statement in Support of the Libyan Uprising, In Opposition to U.S.-NATO Airstrikes in Libya” and “The Right to Demand Assistance.” Other material appears in the “Solidarity Webzine” on the same website, and readers are invited to post their own comments.
We will continue our discussion of the world-changing struggles in the Middle East and North Africa in subsequent issues of the magazine.
ATC 152, May-June 2011