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March 24, 2003

Pacifism is objectively pro-Fascist



In 1942, George Orwell wrote, in Partisan Review, this of Great Britain's pacifists:

``Pacifism is objectively pro-Fascist. This is elementary common sense. If you hamper the war effort of one side you automatically help out that of the other. Nor is there any real way of remaining outside such a war as the present one. In practice, `he that is not with me is against me.'''

England's pacifists howled, but Orwell's logic was implacable. The Nazis wished the British to not fight. If the British did not fight, the Nazis would conquer Britain. The British pacifists also wished the British to not fight. The British pacifists, therefore, were on the side of a Nazi victory over Britain. They were objectively pro-Fascist.

An essentially identical logic obtains now. Organized terrorist groups have attacked America. These groups wish the Americans to not fight. The American pacifists wish the Americans to not fight. If the Americans do not fight, the terrorists will attack America again. And now we know such attacks can kill many thousands of Americans. The American pacifists, therefore, are on the side of future mass murders of Americans. They are objectively pro-terrorist.

One of the most vocal promoters of the anti American demonstrations is the International Action Center (IAC). The IAC's chief spokes comrades are Brian Becker, Larry Holmes, Ramsey Clark, and Teresa Gutierrez who are officials of the Worker's World Party (WWP), a Marxist organization with a record of supporting repressive communist regimes such as Cuba and North Korea. The history of the WWP is instructive. Its founder, Sam Marcy, was a follower of Leon Trotsky, the Bolshevik leader who was purged by (and later assassinated by henchmen of) Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. Marcy split from the Socialist Workers Party after his fellow Trotskyites refused to endorse the USSR's 1956 invasion of Hungary. So Messrs. Becker and Holmes, whose party beganby defending Khrushchev's military conquest of Hungary, now want to protest war and "American imperialism."

During World War II, George Orwell said of England's pacifists: "Since pacifists have more freedom of action in countries where traces of democracy survive, pacifism can act more effectively against democracy than for it. Objectively, the pacifist is pro-Nazi."

To paraphrase Orwell, in this war, those who cannot stay focused on fighting the enemy are objectively pro-terrorist.

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