And it gets even more Twilight Zone. Cos Im going to quote Tony Cliff now. Here it comes...
“Israel is not a colony suppressed by imperialism, but a settler’s citadel, a launching pad of imperialism. It is a tragedy that some of the very people who had been persecuted and massacred in such bestial fashion should themselves be driven into a chauvinistic, militaristic fervour, and become the blind tool of imperialism in subjugating the Arab masses.”
Spot on. I guess it's the stopped clock syndrome. Infinite monkeys with typrwriters scenario.
But what about this...
- "Many Israelis hate this corruption, and are angry with the government. They see that the country is tumbling into poverty and the division between the poor and rich is rapidly increasing. Many realise that the education system has deteriorated. People are angry at all of these things.
This does lead to an understanding of solidarity between workers, but this solidarity is easily contained within the context of the Israeli worker against the Israeli boss. It does not extend to Arabs.
There have been many strikes in Israel, but they collapse once the question of the security of the state is raised. Many Israeli workers want a larger share of the pie, but they do not want share it with the Palestinians." -
Absolutely true of course. But doesn't it apply just as much to the situation in England? In the US? Undoubtedly. Change "Israeli" for "English" or "whites", and "Palestinians" and "Arabs" for "immigrants" or "non-white" and it still pretty much stands as a statement of the imperialist nation labour aristocracy and Euro-settler white supremacist culture. And THAT is where the SWP, and the rest of the left, when push comes to shove, fall back in line behind their own imperialist ruling class. Syria, Libya, Ukraine, Russia, China, Zimbabwe, DPRK, Iran, South Africa, Brazil, etc, etc etc. When it comes to imperialism and their own ruling-class vs the oppressed, former colonial, rising nations and peoples of the global south, when it comes to the Labour Party, to the trade unions, to any serious resistance or analysis that deal with the "the question of the security of the state", the SWP et al, and indeed the class they aspire to lead, well, "they collapse... want a larger share of the pie".
And for an Englishman, to an American, they see the whole world exactly the same as an Israeli sees Gaza. A threat to their privilege. And not even really human.
"You ask me what the English workers think about colonial policy. Well, exactly the same as they think about politics in general: the same as what the bourgeois think. There is no workers' party here, there are only Conservatives and Liberal-Radicals, and the workers gaily share the feast of England's monopoly of the world market and the colonies." Engels, 1882.
plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.