up to the day before the no fly zone started.i saw posters on placards on news footage argueing against even no fly zone intervention.much later on i read a posting on this website that argued against that intervention.days into it i heard resistance fighters,and civilians and doctors as well as "representatives of that reistance,particularly of the national transition(al)council putting differente and opposite and inevitably contradictory positions.most if not all those people were directly under fire or at immediate risk.there were and are confusions-not least the no fly zone whoever organises it is not the brake on very much,and is not a coverall solution.
meanwhile the left of all persuasions within the coalition felt some kind of solidarity with some element or other in libya.some defend the regime and the so-called green revolution of the regime.
most of us recognised how weak and uanble we are to make any difference.few came up with alternatives.ive seen no evidence of any meaningful solidarity.but we had a good "slanging match"with each other,in which the pro no flyers called their opponents fake revolutionaries or simply callous.some continued to argue against,pointing out the problems.
i admit i wavered but remain convinced that we do have to struggle to think and write clearly and independently for working class interests,and for building meaningful solidarity and for a ruthlessness towards whatever our rulers do.
i do not want to crow,to be pessimistic or optimistic.it is clear that the regime and the resistance are in jeapardy and that there are few clear or simple lines of development.what is certainly true is the bloody truth that whatever position we argue,until and unless it engages with something,changes nothing.
people die.the resistance struggles and bleeds.
the no fly zone remains in place and the coalition already talks of ending it,having done nothing at all to "no fly zone"over misrata which remains under seige,and the resistance remains in courageous but desperate struggle.
and our opinions have not connected with anything so far and have not changed anything.in so far that we have conducted such a useless sectarian argument amongst ourselves which is always easy=me included=we should be ashamed.
if we are not to go on being ashamed,we need to continue a constructive debate,which seeks out building real solidarity.buillding theory from abstraction and experience is one things.chattering,sectarian abstraction on abstraction is of less value than establishing how many angels can stand on a pin head.as marx said..."everything solid melts into air"
so where are the workplaces and communities with connections to libya?where are the model campaigning resolutions we can develop and build on.the medical staff are asking for help-so where is our money-and the "underground railraod"to get the aid,the money to the libyan resistance.