Tuesday, October 18, 2005

What’s up with the extreme left?

Today I participated in the "Swedish version of Crossfire", Korseld. Fredrik Malm (leader of the Liberal youth) and I asked the questions, and the historian/left-wing debater Åsa Linderborg defended her bizarre political position: the “resistance” in Iraq (blowing up American soldiers as well as Iraqi children) is legitimate. And the best thing would be if the US left Iraq, which quite probably could lead to a civil war. And the “resistance” in Iraq (Baathists, al-Quaida, and others) is by definition as legitimate as the Norwegian resistance against Nazi-occupation…

Needles to say, the discussion was quite heated, but I think that Fredrik and I asked some tough questions, and Åsa got a lot of time to try to explain her positions. I also think/hope that I managed to stay pretty calm, and I have to say I feel quite comfortable in my general position: the invasion was wrong, but now we have to do the best of the situation and strengthen the imperfect but now existing democratic process (and I feel very proud of Swedish Social Democratic Student’s and Kurdish Students in Sweden’s project to start a youth center in Kirkuk). But honestly I cannot understand Åsa Lindeborg’s positions, even the Iraqi Communist party is "accepting" the US presence now and wants to move on and try to build up the country. What is the alternative? You can watch the show here [YES, the link is working now!]

5 Comments:

Blogger Jonas Morian said...

Her positions aren't really that difficult to understand: she's nuts!

19/10/05 07:50  
Blogger Eric Sundström said...

That's what I tried to say in a round-about way. As you Jonas have underlined before, it is a mystery how she is allowed to publish her opinions in a Social Democratic newspaper (Aftonbladet) on a regular basis. The left needs sound voices to fight the neo-rigth, and not people defending Al-Quaida.

19/10/05 18:15  
Anonymous Claes Nordmark said...

The link to "Korseld" is now working. It´s on: http://svt.se/svt/jsp/Crosslink.jsp?d=12186&a=177827&queryArt53141=korseld&searchDepartmentArt53141=null&doneSearch=true&pageArt53141=0&sd=10 and it starts after about 30 seconds. You did a good job Eric, clear and bright as usual. And Åsa really scares me...

20/10/05 00:24  
Blogger Joakim Johansson said...

The line between resistance and terrorism is disputed and will always be. But you have some simple rules; Resistance is when a group or individual fight against an occupation, without harming civilians or in anyway include them as tagets. This goes for states aswell. States can not use force in away that harm civilians and even if the majority of the iraqi population supporting the american presence its up the UN security council to decide about the legal aspects of the situation in Iraq. That also includes the question of the resistance/terrorism issue. It is a weekness that the Saddam Hussein case is not tried by an international tribunal. That will undermine international law instead of strengthening it.

In the case of Iraq this borders have been crossed by all parties involved in the conflict, but some do it more frequent.

20/10/05 13:50  
Blogger Eric Sundström said...

Joakim: "Resistance is when a group or individual fight against an occupation, without harming civilians or in anyway include them as tagets". That was a good summary of what it is all about. And I agree on your point about an international tribunal.

25/10/05 13:21  

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