Well another week in the world goes by. Some good news, some bad news. All of it contradictory. The Class War is what the Class War is.
The bad? Well for starters Netanyahu got the pick from Peres to form the government. It sounds like he will gather everything to the right of Likud(?!!) to do it. Even the right-wing bloc is unstable as the secular and religious nutters have different things to be nutter about.
There is some conventional wisdom out there that the right will be more likely to make a deal a la Nixon to China. The Nixon to China thing is always brought out at times like these. Will Bibi go to Damascus? If he did would it mean peace? What does peace mean anyway? The rise of Lieberman bodes poorly for the Palestinians living in the increasingly racist Israeli state. Lieberman wants them to be loyal to their own dispossession which is both psychologically and politically impossible. What confrontations “inside” Israel await this coalition is unclear, but they will happen.
The class struggle in the French held islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique reached damned near insurrectionary proportions this week. Workers in Guadeloupe have been on general strike for a month demanding a 200 Euro a month raise in their poverty wages. Class on the islands, as it does so many places including here in the US, has a hue.
For generations the descendants of French colonists have held the resources and wealth of the islands tightly in their grips as the mass of producers, descendants of slaves, have lived in poverty. Enough became enough and it appears that the Sarkozy government may back down and accede to the demands. The movement,t if not the leaders of the movement, have clearly gone beyond a simple wage demand to a demand that the power relations on the Caribbean islands change. Sarkozy is hardly likely to accede to that. And to prove it he has sent additional “security forces” to put a little stick to the strikers should those demands continue.
How will the workers in the metropolitan France react? That is the key. After the trade unionist Jacques Bino was killed Wednesday night workers brought out the hunting rifles to confront to cops at barricades whilst issuing demands to their counterparts in the French working class to join them. One hopes that this request is heard and heeded. The workers of the Antilles have long been restive, organized and combative and they are far ahead on the front lines these days.
Closer to home President Obama has made the Afghan war his own. 12,000 more combat troops with related support personnel almost doubles the size of US forces in the country. It is a little surprising to me how far Obama has gone in placing his bets on this adventure. Perhaps his arrogance means that he believes he can succeed where all others have failed. The Quisling Karzai is not long for his post, but it who to take his place? Someone even more compliant? If Obama insists on walking into the quagmire here’s hoping he sinks in it.
And finally I have said goodbye to The Wire after finishing all of the seasons. I’ll write more later as I absorb it. I almost feel like writing an obituary for Proposition Joe who, as played by Robert Chew, had the best lines with the best man to deliver them. Hard to see you go, Prop Joe.