mandag den 7. februar 2011

Anti-imperialistisk volds-romantik

"The FMI [Forbundet mod Imperialismen] was very inclusive in the sense that it unfolded its anti-imperialist engagement in relation to South East Asia, Latin America, Africa, as well as the Middle East. In fact it was a fusion of the remains of the radical Vietnam Movement, the Indo-China Committees, plus the Palestine and Gulf Committees, both established in the late 1960s.

But the FMI was also closely connected with the small party-preparatory organization called the Forbundet Socialisterne [The Socialist League], which represented a dogmatic interpretation of Leninist party theory. The Forbundet Socialisterne was only one of many small, marginalized party-preparatory organisations in the outskirts of the parliamentary sphere, and as such it may serve as an example of a political phenomenon, a sign of the times. FMI was quite radical in the sense that revolutionary development in Denmark, which they believed in, was seen as closely connected with the liberation movements’ struggles against imperialism in the Third World. With the so-called proletarian international as a basis, they understood the class struggle in Denmark as part of the international struggle against imperialism – it was, basically, one and the same thing. This was a significant intensification compared with involvement with Vietnam towards the end of the 1960s. The elements of anti-authoritarian enthusiasm, central to parts of the Vietnam involvement, had been succeeded by a much more theoretically focused revolutionary enthusiasm in FMI.
The FMI published a magazine, the “International Bulletin”, written within the framework of a theoretical ideological discourse focusing on the struggle and its continued intensification. The Palestinian problem constituted a large part of the reason for involvement. It is worth noticing that almost all the pictures that printed showed armed struggle and an aesthetic worship of its beauty: Handsome Palestinian guerrilla warriors, Fedayeen in rugged landscapes, machine guns ornamented with flowers and flags, and gun sights as graphical frames around several pictures. The actual armed struggle was seen as a central strategy in the concrete Palestine problem, but at the same time it reached far beyond that actual war. Apart from the fact that the analysis at the root of this understanding was revolutionary, the connection was also formulated in quite violent language:

'Only a people’s war can conquer imperialism – in the Middle East as elsewhere. […] Such a victory and the preceding revolutionary process will signify a final victory over and liquidation of the reactionary forces in the area and furthermore, to a large extent, increase the contradictions in the world imperialist system.'"

Karen S. Bjerregaard: "The Meaning of Armed Struggle. Solidarity with the Third World in Denmark in the 1960s and 1970s", i Henrik Jensen (red.): "Rebellion and resistance", Pisa. Pisa University Press, 2009 (s. 146)

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