Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Abraham Lincoln Brigade Memorial Vandalized

A memorial to the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in San Francisco has been vandalized by anarchist activists. The vandals wrote:
“A public art work celebrating the role played by the Abraham Lincoln Battalion, the US dupes of and cannon fodder for the Stalinist counter-revolution in Spain from 1936 to 1939, was dedicated this past May on San Francisco's Embarcadero, behind the fountain on Justin Herman Plaza at the foot of Market Street. Sometime this past week, some person or persons unknown gave this monument to the one of the big lies of 20th century history an appropriate makeover. The Stalinist art work was grafittied with the message, "Viva Durruti Y Orwell," in what appears to be red and black spray paint.”

This is surely going to make for some interesting fights amongst the various leftist communities in the Bay Area. You have those who deem the Brigade a true expression of international solidarity in the face of totalitarianism, and others who see them as an extension of the Soviet Union that would betray the anarchists in Spain.

I don’t support vandalism, and this case is no exception. I do however think that the ALB has been lionized by some on the left without considering exactly what they fought for and why, and it looks like these “activists” may very well get an exchange on that subject. But who am I kidding! We will have a week long shouting match between the two sides, and then return to the state they have been for the last 100 years.

Elsewhere

The Bin Ladens of the Balkans, Part I – Michael Totten

We Are all NeoCons Now – Your Friend in the North

Anbar Tribes to Enter Politics – Iraq the Model

These enemies have faces: A Moderate Look at the Iran/Israel conflict
- Trita Parsi and Roi Ben-Yehuda

Leaving the Radical Left: Anti-Zionism, Anti-Semitism, and Jewish Response
– The New Centrist

Barack Obama, Isolationist - James Kirchick

Monday, July 21, 2008

Radovan Karadzic has Been Caught

The ultra-nationalist Serb leader Radovan Karadzic has finally been arrested. From CNN:
“Karadzic, 63, was the Serb political leader during the 1992-1995 war that followed Bosnia-Herzegovina's secession from Yugoslavia. He is charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the law of war.

No details of his arrest were immediately available. But the chief prosecutor for the U.N. tribunal, Serge Brammertz, called it "an important day for the victims" and congratulated Serbian authorities for taking him into custody.”

Karadzic had been on the run for years, although he was sighted in and around Serbia and Russia on a few occasions. His indictment from the UN can be found here. With his capture, Ratko Mladic is the last leading Serb chief wanted for war crimes.