Débat G. Achcar/ A. Callinicos

2nd Reply to Alex Callinicos
2nd Reply to Alex Callinicos
Gilbert Achcar
23 January 2005
Dear Alex,
Thank you for your reply to my reply. We are discussing important issues here. Unfortunately, I think you’ve resorted to some regrettable polemical tricks. Let me deal with those briefly before addressing the substantive issues.
You begin by trying to ridicule me by distorting what I wrote. Had I in fact said that I wanted to "educate" sections of the Western anti-imperialist movement, etc., your sarcasm about my alleged (...)
"In this case you have no influence on me..."
"In this case you have no influence on me..."
Alex Callinicos
Dear Gilbert,
Thank you for your reply to my letter, which sheds some light on your original article (“On the Forthcoming Election in Iraq”), but leaves much else in obscurity. It is clear at least that the dismay your piece caused me was, in a sense, welcome to you, since it might be a therapeutic shock, helping you to educate “sections of the Western anti-imperialist movement”, and in particular (...)
Reply to Alex Callinicos
Reply to Alex Callinicos
Gilbert Achcar
Dear Alex, Thank you very much for your letter. I am very pleased at this new opportunity to have an exchange with you, all the more because I admire your rare ability to sustain demanding intellectual activity and an academic career simultaneously with very active involvement in practical politics.
Both of us are deeply committed to building the antiwar and anti-imperialist movement, as we have been consistently doing for so many years. It is this (...)
On the Forthcoming Election in Iraq
On the Forthcoming Election in Iraq
Gilbert Achcar
January 03, 2005
The hypocrisy of the Bush administration is limitless : when George W. Bush and his buddies boast about the forthcoming election in Iraq as an achievement of the civilizing mission that they supposedly took upon themselves in bringing democracy to backward Muslims, they sound like a boss boasting about having raised the wages of the workers in his factory as an illustration of his eagerness to improve their living standard, (...)
Letter to Gilbert Achcar
Letter to Gilbert Achcar
Alex Callinicos
January 2005
Dear Gilbert,
You know how much I respect your judgement - both about revolutionary politics in general and more particularly about the Middle East. Your writings over the past few years have been enormously important as a source of orientation through the tortuous twists and turns of imperialist strategy.
Your ‘Letter to a Slightly Depressed Anti-War Activist’ has become a classic. But precisely for these reasons I read your piece ‘On (...)