Sunday, 10 February 2013
Meanwhile...back in the real world
Last year I posted for a while regarding the national liberation struggle in Northern Mali (Azawad) by the Tuareg separatist MNLA. My hope then was that they would secure an independent Tuareg state with full rights and self-determination for Azawad's ethnic minorities. But MNLA gains were soon hijacked by religious imperialists.
Now the French are on the ground with their superior and insurmountable military might - that's the reality. The MNLA say they will work alongside them against Ansar Dine et al. Does this make the MNLA lapdogs to imperialism? Maybe dogmatists would say yes, but free thinking supporters of national liberation and seccession would say no - the MNLA are realists and pragmatists, knowing their weaknesses as well as their strengths. It would be easy for bourgeois politicos (and maybe I have a case to answer!) to write off the MNLA as opportunists, globalist lackeys, but they are only doing what they must given the circumstances.
My hope now is for the dust to settle quickly and for the MNLA to begin talks with Bamako - possibly with the French facilitating. It won't be plain sailing, but it will be worth it if it secures greater autonomy for the Tuareg and other ethnic groups in Azawad.
The other day I was browsing the politics section of a large mainstream (not radical) bookshop. They had a copy of a comic book (are we supposed to call them graphic novels now?) about the Occupy movement and sort of the Left libertarian cause in general. A lot of fisticuffs in it, and from what I remember it was quite approving of revolutionary violence. My first thoughts were that if it were from a nationalist perspective, no way in a million years would it make it onto a mainstream bookshelf. My attention was also drawn to the beginning of the book where a brief history of the world was depicted...Very pro-tribal! Roman empire the baddies - European tribes the goodies. Tribal ways of life were presented in a positive way. So I say "Go with it comrades!" If tribal societies were good 2000 years ago - then why not now?