Saturday, May 14, 2016
Russia, North Korea and China
This post is going to get a little sidetracked but since we have opened Pandora's box and have started to talk about deep politics as Wikispooks refers to it, I want to set the record straight. I do not hate America. I hate the CIA. I support the US Constitution completely.
If I quote Bin Laden or the Ayatollah Khamene, it does not mean that I support terrorism in any way whatsoever because I most assuredly do not. I deplore terrorism. Back in Ireland, when the IRA hit a military target they gained public support. When they hit civilians they lost public support. That's all there is to it. Operation Northwoods was a deplorable plot.
My point is twofold. First, the end does not justify the means. Opposing the spread of Communism by force is the right thing to do. Yet drug trafficking or investment fraud to gain money to support that cause is not. Second, when the CIA say they are drug trafficking or committing investment fraud to oppose the spread of Communism they are lying. They are the Communists they claim to oppose. They oppose the civil liberty the US Constitution was framed to protect. That is why we need to define Communism so we're all on the same page.
I had a friend at the post office that said he thought I was a Communist for the same reason I thought he wasn't - we both believe in democracy and free speech. I found that somewhat ironic.
I was quite vocal in my opposition to Darryl Tingley's public endorsement of revolutionary Communism in Cuba when I was involved with CUPW. A National Union Rep who I greatly respect came up to me at Regional Conference and said, "The Chinese at Red Square call themselves Communists but they aren't really Communists. The Soviets in Eastern Europe call themselves Communists but they aren't really Communists." I was somewhat shocked and said then what they hell are they because that is exactly what Communism is. In East Berlin they built a wall and had the machine guns pointed inwards so no one could leave.
He said don't look at them, look at Cuba. Cuba is the best model of Socialism we have. I said no it's not. They hold political prisoners and practice religious discrimination. The best model of Socialism we have is the kibbutz movement in Israel. People are free to join or leave and they are free to be religious or not. That is a way better model.
When I worked in the local Union office I would always get letters with the latest Cuba propaganda in it addressed specifically to me with no return address. The writing on the envelope was always dramatically slanted to the left. I knew it was him. It was rather amusing.
The Communist Manifesto is a flawed document. It's founding premise is that the history of conflict in the world all boils down to one of class struggle. If you eliminate the classes (and the religious and cultural differences) you then eliminate all the conflict and we become subservient robots. That is their ultimate quest because that is their founding premise.
In reality, the history of conflict in the world isn't about class struggle it's about greed and oppression. They say Capitalists are greedy. Well they are but not as bad as the Communists. Despite their false propaganda about social justice they are far more greedy then the Capitalists. Just look at the Communist politicians in China or the off shore accounts Putin has in the Panama papers. Actions speak louder than words.
When I was in West Belfast in the very late 1980's a friend from Twinbrook gave me a James Connolly pin. I genuinely thanked her and said who is that? He was a rebel she said with a twinkle in her eye. He was a Communist. Well ironically enough that "Communist" was one of the founding fathers of the Irish Proclamation that signed that declaration with his own blood which established a free republic guaranteeing religious freedom for all. I submit that the only way true socialism can exist is within a free republic that guarantees civil liberty and people are free to join or leave of their own free will. That is why true Communists can and should support the principles in the US Constitution because it protects their rights along with everyone else's.
In contrast we see Putin and North Korea trying to do the Time warp and bring back the dark era of oppression under Revolutionary Communism which means civl liberty is removed by force under the false guise of social justice. Just remember the words of Alexander Solzhenitsyn. He claimed Lenin wasn't the leader of the workers revolution, Shliapnikov was. Lenin had Shliapnikov killed and took over the party. When the Trade Unions he used to get in power went on strike, Lenin sent in the machine guns to cut them down. The families were too scared to even collect their dead. That is what Communism is. That is what we rightfully opposed in the Korean war.
In the book Fidel on Religion, Castro admitted he received help from the Christian Marxists during his revolution and did not apologize for establishing a marxist leninist atheist state as soon as he got power. He said said it is what it is. Use people with lies then screw them over when you are in power. Typical of any politician but when you have a manifesto instead of a constitution, you have no recourse and no protection for civil liberty.
Yet Communist China has committed far worse atrocities than Cuba ever has. Boycotting trade with Cuba but promoting it with Communist China is absurd. So is selling China CANDU reactors so they can sell nuclear weapons to North Korea. Which side are we really on?
It is clear in the Ukraine many people protesting the decision to join Russia not the EU were grossly mistreated. There is a documentary on Netflix about it and it's appalling. Yet as I previously mentioned half the people in the Ukraine wanted to be associated with Russia while the other half wanted to be associated with the EU. Justice would declare, let the half that wants to be associated with Russia do so and let the other half that wants to be associated with Europe do so. It's that simple.
God help the Ukraine. Stalin was no better than Hitler. How about neither? Putin isn't smart enough to be the antichrist but he is not a good man. His political opponent was murdered. He was accused of killing his own people to get elected just like the CIA and now he is chumming up with North Korea. This is a very bad precedent indeed. Yet you have to sympathize with the Russian people. They are noble and proud. The criminals in power are preventing democracy from having a fair chance. If they elect to return to Communism just so they can return to their former greatness, they will rediscover the end does not justify the means.
In my recent posts on supporting Muslim's right to the freedom of religion, some have shared with me their concerns that in an Islamic state there is no freedom of religion. That is very true. That is not the kind of society I would want to live in. If I was a guest in their country I would not say hey guys you need to overthrow your government. That's not up to me that's up to them. Israel has formed a Jewish State. I don't support that but I am most certainly not going to tell them they don't have a right to do so. I really don't think we should get involved in the politics of a country. If anyone like Communist China commits genocide, then we most assuredly should speak out against that and consider economic sanctions. Yet history has shown us that things do not improve when we meddle in other country's politics. We take up arms when countries invade other countries. We do not take up arms when people elect a government we don't happen to like.