Polemics with the ICL:
Kurdistan & the Struggle for National Liberation
WV Implicitly Accepts Our Critique of
Robertson’s ‘Vulgar Chauvinism’
IBT leaflet, 4 July 2003.
On 12 June, we wrote a reply to a slanderous attack in the 6 June issue of Workers Vanguard (WV—newspaper of the Spartacist League/U.S.) which claimed that the International Bolshevik Tendency is opposed to independence for the Kurdish nation (see www.bolshevik.org). The 4 July issue of WV prints parts of our letter and an attempt to rationalise their pseudo-political smear. However, they delicately omit any comment on the letter’s postscript in which we suggested that if they wanted to find a genuine example of ‘self-satisfied great-power chauvinism’, they need look no further than their own supreme leader, James M. Robertson, who is on record obscenely referring to Kurds as ‘Turds’:
It is always best in writing polemics not to ascribe motivations or positions to one’s opponents that they may not hold. So we are prepared to give the SL the benefit of the doubt on this one, and interpret WV’s decision not to try to defend this particular obscenity by their lider maximo as an implicit acceptance of our critique. Of course it would be better if the SL leadership had the decency to explicitly repudiate this disgusting chauvinist remark, but embarrassed silence is at least preferable to attempting to brazen it out.