For the third time since the end of 2002, representatives of the pro-Iraqi “resistance,” anti-Zionist, anti-imperialist Left will gather in Cairo to denounce and support whom you’d expect them to denounce and support.
Now, as the struggle of the Iraqi and Palestinian peoples enters a new and decisive phase, it is more important that ever that the international social movements meet together with those in the Arab world to renew and redouble our common aim of opposing to imperialism in both its economic and military forms, the conveners (including many of our Harry’s Place favorites) declare.
Wait a minute. Didn’t the struggle of the Iraqi and Palestinian peoples enter a new and decisive phase last year? Or maybe it was the year before…
According to the Egyptian newspaper al-Ahram, George Galloway told the first Cairo Conference, shortly before the invasion of Iraq, “We are at the 11th hour and there will soon be no more time for gatherings and conferences like these. Action speaks louder than words.”
But of course Galloway was forgetting the immutable first principle of the anti-imperialist Left: there will always be time for gatherings and conferences like these.