Friday, 16 May 2008

'Warriors' are not always wrong

. A Radical Writes makes some interesting points about the 'Free Palestine' demo he attended in London at the beginning of the month. He says he is skeptical of these movements and challenges readers to "name one that has succeeded" which is slightly disingenuous since there are plenty of national liberation movements that have succeeded throughout history and still do in the present day. Europe's newest nation, Kosovo, is a testament to the fact that they can and do succeed in the present-day.

Of course, the issues thrown up by these movements are always complicated but certainly with the case of the Palestinians there is definitely a case of a genuine and legitimate grievance existing which needs addressing. His feeling that the reason people maybe skeptical is the domination by the hard-left of campaigns like the 'Free Palestine' one; here he maybe is on safer territory. However, it is worth pointing out that this domination is in part a result of the isolation of these causes from mainstream political dialogue. It is also a result of the fact that those engaged in some kind of struggle are most likely to be drawn to 'warriors' naturally.

Hillary Clinton has recently shown how showing tenacity can be rewarded in gaining peoples respect and sometimes their votes too. It is possible this tenacity will at least earn her the second spot on a 'dream ticket' and it is telling that this tenacity was most rewarded with the votes of blue and white collar workers. People who have to scarp for survival respect those who show the gut's to do the same in whatever field. I have to say that I feel that in Clinton's case the 'cause' (her own career prospects at the expense of her party) is less than noble but nonetheless the point stands.

Sometimes in politics it is right to be a warrior and not give an inch. Of course, other times it isn't and the 'more pluralistic' approach is the right one and the warriors are rightly left out in the cold and rightly so, the trick is knowing which time and issue is best suited to which approach.


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