Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

August 26, 2011

Release of prisoners at Abu Salim

Filed under: Libya — louisproyect @ 1:54 pm

This was the prison where 1200 men were killed in 1996 during an Attica-type revolt. On February 15th 2011 the lawyer for the families of the dead men was arrested. Two days later Benghazi rose up. The rest is history.


  1. “Yeah, except that does not describe the Benghazi jihadists who had about as much use for Saudi Arabia as I do for Barack Obama.” LP, when are you going to get around to thanking Obama, Sarkozy, Cameron and least and last, that old racist anti Black African, Burlusconi who conspired with Gaddafi to keep Europe white, a goal you claimed to find distasteful, for liberating Libya . Your claim to have no use for Obama is clearly bullshit, without him and his buddies your rebels would be pushing up daisies by now. If Gaddafi had no support how did he manage to holdout for as long as he did and who is hiding him when they could make an easy $1.7 million? You remember the Contras? Weren’t they an equally diverse group? What happened to Nicaragua after they won? Does democratic Nicaragua meet with your approval?

    Comment by lextheimpaler — August 26, 2011 @ 6:22 pm

  2. You remember the Contras?

    Absolutely. They were just like Qaddafi’s enforcers.

    Comment by louisproyect — August 26, 2011 @ 6:27 pm

  3. Must say Louis I think you have played a blinder on Libya eschewing the counter-revolutionary ultra-leftism of the Stalinised centrist sects but not, as they claim, for one minute straying into the territory of the `decents’.

    Comment by David Ellis — August 27, 2011 @ 8:43 am

  4. Thank you, David. What you have in both the case of the “decents” and the “anti-imperialists” is a kind of Manicheanism. The only difference is which side represents good. I think that Trotsky’s “Learn to Think” is an essential antidote. In many cases, the anti-imperialists are correct but sometimes they are not. In the worst cases, I have seen them defend the Burmese military. Good grief.

    Comment by louisproyect — August 27, 2011 @ 1:17 pm

  5. Anti-imperialists are not always correct, but anti-imperialism always is.

    Comment by Aaron Aarons — August 27, 2011 @ 6:49 pm

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