Sorry, John, I just let my fingers get away from me--you're right, there
is no need for name calling.
On Sat, 3 Feb 2001, John Johnson wrote:
> >. However, solidarity movements have
> >many shortcomings and the role of us northerners should be to oppose US
> >intervention in all its forms--a big enough task in itself and one that
> >should keep paternalistic gringoes out of the business of deciding who is
> >more correct for the peasants and workers of Colombia.
> Yes solidarity movements have short comings. Why the major task for the US
> left should be conditions here. But your last statement is a bit of a
> crock. Paternalistic gringos ? Why the need for name calling?
> Sincere people, who support such struggles movements we might not know a
> lot should do so in a principled fashion. That is, yes we oppose US
> imperialism but no we do not necessarily support these movements
> uncritically. Way to many times US and European leftist have supported
> some movement only to be burned. To put themselves into question. Pol
> Pot, the Shinning Path, the Soviet Union. We certainly won't build a
> movement in this country if people see that we support basic violations
> of human rights in other countries.
> I have no problem supporting Cuba in its fight against US imperialism but I
> also have no problem in criticizing Cuba for its violations of human
> rights, when, at least to our satisfaction, they are true claims. The
> success or failure of Cuba does not depend on our uncritical support.
> John Johnson
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