Letter to the Editor: STICKING TO THE POINT

The following letter was written by a member of the Youth and Students for a Democratic Foreign Policy.

At a recent meeting of the Youth and Students for a Democratic Foreign Policy (YSDFP), we discussed how to deal with various sophistical methods used to sidetrack and undermine anti-war discussions.

The YSDFP members gave many examples of the methods used by reactionaries to divert anti-war discussions.

One method is to quibble over this or that fact such as the "precise" number of people killed in Iraq or to never stop demanding that anti-war activists "cite their source." Such quibbling is just an attempt to divert from the universally known fact - that the U.S. government is waging a brutal, aggressive war against the people of Iraq.

Another method is to offer up an endless string of abstract definitions and "what if" suppositions. The goal is to not only to divert attention from the barbarity of the war and the real crimes of the U.S. government. Some reactionaries hope that through oceans of words they can muddy the line between what is right and what is wrong or call into the question such fundamental principles as the right of every country to sovereignty and independence. Similarly, some reactionaries will "demand" that anti-war activists "prove themselves" by talking about historical trivia or responding to made up analogies.

In dealing with such diversionary tactics, the YSDFP relies on the method of sticking to the point - that is sticking to its line and purpose of standing up against U.S. imperialism's war program. We organize literature distribution and all kinds of discussions with people in order to popularize the anti-war struggle and encourage people to join in. Of course, this includes explaining our views on many issues, providing information and political analysis, etc. But, at all times, our work is motivated by the aim of helping organize the people to stop the wars. We are not setting up a debating society or arguing for its own sake.

Methods which divert people from discussing and opposing the war must be rejected.