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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Arresting thoughts worth pondering: Walsh, Lantier’s U.S. sinister “Imperialist ‘Left’”

Wolves in sheep’s clothing
Excerpts, minor edit by 
Carolyn Bennett

U.S. domestic imperialist “Left”

“For more than twenty years,” WSWS editor David Walsh writes, “one wave after another of former radicals and liberals has signed up for Western intervention in the Balkans, Afghanistan, Iraq, Darfur, Haiti, Mali, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Libya, Syria and elsewhere to forestall ‘genocide,’ avert ‘mass atrocities,’ block the use of ‘weapons of mass destruction’ or ‘chemical weapons,’ stop the spread of ‘Islamo-fascism,’ bring ‘democracy’ and ‘stability’ to various global flashpoints, and so forth.

“These social forces, whose task is to confuse and benumb the population with arguments that falsely make use of ‘left’ terminology and phrases, have become prominent mouthpieces for imperialist policy.…”

However,  Walsh concludes, “genuine political health and wisdom begin in the U.S. and internationally … by separating and demarcating oneself as firmly and distinctly as possible from the phony ‘human rights’ campaigners, the feminist moralizers, and the pro-imperialist ‘left.’”

U.S. international imperialist “Left”

WSWS writer Alex Lantier commenting on a recent “‘Open letter on the future of Ukraine’ issued by a group of Western academics and foreign policy operatives” calls it “a vile defense of the ongoing far-right protests in Ukraine supported by Washington and the European Union (EU).”  This letter, he says, “peddles the old lie, repeated over nearly a quarter century of imperialist wars and interventions in Eastern Europe since the dissolution of the USSR in 1991: that U.S. and EU policy is driven only by a disinterested love of democracy and human rights.”

Some of the signers of this open letter “are top diplomats or ‘non-governmental’ imperialist operatives … [but most] are academics and intellectuals who are lending their names to give credibility to far-right reaction in Ukraine, through a foul combination of learned ignorance and historic blindness.…

“After decades of intellectual war on Marxism in universities and the media,” Lantier concludes, “cultural life is in a disastrous state … and these layers [of Western academics and foreign policy operatives] are left unmoved by imperialist crimes — the destruction of Fallujah during the U.S. occupation of Iraq, the drone murder campaign in Afghanistan and Pakistan. However, their pens spring into action when EU politicians excite their moral glands by denouncing regimes targeted for imperialist intervention. They can be led by the nose, even behind fascists, with a few empty invocations of human rights.”

Sources and notes

“In latest ‘human rights’ crusade, NY Times’ Kristof promotes allegations against Woody Allen” by David Walsh, February 5, 2014, http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/05/alle-f05.html

“Ukraine and the Pro-Imperialist Intellectuals” by Alex Lantier, Global Research, February 5, 2014, World Socialist Web Site [Region: Europe, Russia and FSU], http://www.globalresearch.ca/ukraine-and-the-pro-imperialist-intellectuals/5367496

Alex Lantier writes regularly for the World Socialist Web Site and his articles have appeared in a variety of other news sources online, including Global Research (Ca.), Countercurrents and Axis of Logic.

Writer and journalist David Walsh is arts editor of the World Socialist Web Site and writes about film, the arts, politics and history.  http://www.indiewire.com/critic/david_walsh

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