Sunday, February 14, 2010
VALENTINE'S DAY: ANWAR, BAATHISM and WOMEN
I saw the entry, below, by General Hussein Anwar about Pan-Arab Nationalism and Baathism, today, AFTER my post from yesterday.
So, consider today's entry a postscript, continuum, addendum to my entry from yesterday.
Two quick thoughts on it and the subject matter.
A descriptive word, motivation, missing.
PERSONAL, PRIVATE PROPERTY, profit, acquisitiveness, capital accumulation.
Fundamental exploitation and inequality, upon which it is all predicated.
I will not attempt to reinvent the wheel and explain all history and HOW the capitalist system or mercantilism functions and THE crucial motivation of GREED contained within it all.
This is a cooking recipe of a different sort.
Everybody knows and anyone else can simply read the voluminous material from which this knowledge is derived, especially the BRILLIANT namesake of my blog.
BOTH Iraqi Anwar(s) (Layla and General Hussein, below) write and report passionately and eloquently about women, culture, double standards, passivity, torture, rape, NAZI Islamic Fundamentalism in Iraq, Iran and elsewhere.
There is one other VERY IMPORTANT reason the subject of women is far from a minor, side or extraneous issue, aside from its obvious barbarity, cruelty, pathological sadism and inhumanity.
Communist revolutions in North Korea, Cuba, Soviet Russia, China and partisans during WWII, were/are ACTIVELY defended by an ENTIRE MILITARIZED population and working class.
WOMEN represent half or more of that population.
If women, half your population, are KEPT subservient, repressed, suppressed, passive, divided, etc., then, the repercussions are obvious.
I will encapsulate a few thousand years history into one or two brief, pithy reminders.
Women were property, possessions, chattel slavery in one or another degree and form for the past few thousand years in most every culture.
This is common knowledge.
During wars, raids, plunder, in particular, they were raped, abducted and brutalized with impunity.
A LONG, sad history and pattern of such behaviour, alas.
Only relatively recently, within the past 100 to 300 years, cumulatively speaking, have women as a whole achieved the liberation REPRESENTED in the progressive movements above.
So, this is a VERY IMPORTANT reason why women MUST become culturally and politically ACTIVE co-equal partners and participants in ANY REVOLUTION.
It is MORE than theoretical.
Women MUST, as a group, PHYSICALLY and MILITARILY DEFEND THEMSELVES and ANY REVOLUTION.
They CANNOT remain PASSIVE VICTIMS.
If they do, half your population automatically is excluded from organized SELF-DEFENSE/OFFENSE and it is a recipe for eventual, garaunteed disaster.
NAZI created pseudo religious Fundamentalists everywhere KNOW and USE this inherently reactionary, artifically imposed, inferior/superior, divisive caste system to reinforce their goals.
But, any revolution which does NOT incorporate the above is immediately vulnerable.
And, my post from yesterday...