And now Salma Yaqoob has resigned from Respect, before that Kate Hudson said adieu. Yet the chaps at Socialist Unity continue with the defensiveness and blatant misogyny at anyone including Salma and Kate who dare to criticise Galloway (and indeed like two of the women who bravely commented on the “Defend Galloway” post I too wonder about what these guys are like in the real world, attitudes to women, personal politics and indeed would give them a very wide berth!). Oh, and the usual bilge being thrown around when it comes to stereotyping feminism.
I have been accused of being “pro-imperialist”, “Zionist” (!!!!) and “Islamophobic” (!!!!) by individuals who are sloppy thinkers and don’t provide evidence to back these assertions up. It pisses me off beyond belief. It also represents the politics of desperation and weakness. The reason I have been accused of this is because I believe that Assange should go to Sweden to face investigation by the cops. Nobody can predict the outcome of this, where the evidence takes you. I say evidence in a court of law (if it goes that far) where it’s tested as opposed to trial via the internet where many are dissecting this and making assumptions what rape is and isn’t. I have never ever seen this level of scrutiny by lefties and it worries me (especially as the two women are named… along with Craig Murray deciding to name and shame them again on national television which is a travesty to anonymity and not as Naomi Wolf appallingly maintains a “Victorian relic”…). I would prefer to wait for a police investigation and a trial regards to evidence not rely on documents on the internet, where people attempt to justify their piss-poor views on rape along with feeling entitled and confident in their assertions that it “aint rape”… Well hey, who made you knowledgeable on Swedish law and knowledgable about the actual evidence?!
What the apologists for Assange and Galloway do is actually make a mockery of anti-imperialism. The logic being don’t support Assange or indeed Galloway… ergo imperialist. Campism (for that is what it is) is an abuse of anti-imperialism, basically saying you are collaborating with the enemy. It makes a mockery of genuine anti-imperialism. It actually mirrors Bush’s, “With us or against us”…
The rhetoric of anti-imperialism is used to cover up serious crimes and that betrays anti-imperialism. It does the struggle no good, undermines and deters people especially in this women. What do the apologists of Assange and Galloway achieve? Nothing except disgust.Yet many will continue to describe them as shinning examples of anti-imperialism involved in slaying the monster of imperialism and western dominance. Yet alleged crimes are dismissed as the workings of CIA plots (nobody has ever shown any credible evidence on that one), along with conspiracy theories and the exhausting mental gymnastics used to deny and denigrate the allegations of these two women. Has anyone given a thought to these women? What they are going through? Or is it just the trials and tribulations of Assange?
I believe the Assange case aided and abetted by his apologist friend Galloway has damaged the left. I know many women (and men) who are appalled, angered and disappointed by reactions and behaviour. In many cases it has unleashed misogyny and pure vitriol. It has repelled many. The conclusion is that many are desperate to cling to this notion of anti-imperialism or bust. You are either with us or against us. As a socialist anti-imperialist feminist I believe that Assange should get on that plane to Sweden and put his side of the story. And before anyone argues that Sweden should give assurances, I will say why should they. Has the USA (since he has been in the UK) started or attempted to start legal proceedings in regards to the extradition of Assange? To me it seems like he is more scared of Sweden than he is of the USA. He isn’t immune to the law and various lefties should face up to that. Instead many seem to create these false idols and worship them religiously. The cult of the personality is born and never ever criticise these poster boys of the left because you will experience the wrath. This idol worship (also it highlights just how desperate some are to defend a right-wing libertarian like Assange and he’s not Wikileaks!) has to stop because it repulses and pushes many away from the movement. And that is to our detriment….