comments from a local activist

A local activist has posted some comments to an earlier post.  I think his observations are important and wanted to highlight them.  Just as a word of clarification though, about the post Our Deepest Fear.   The words are not mine.  They have been attributed to Nelson Mandela because he used them in a speech.  But they are from another activist in South Africa, a woman—whom he heard them from.  thanks Petros.

Petros Evdokas Says:
October 10th, 2007 at 6:02 pm   edit

Thank you Patrick.

It takes a lot of courage to do what you did:

– you opted for transparency, bringing out into the open the efforts you witnessed to smear and attack the reputations of community activists who work on antiwar and 9/11 Truth movement projects. Witnessing this -I use the word with the meaning it has some religious communities, that is to articulate in public – this stuff helps all of us medicinally as an antidote to the poison;

– you opted to expose those who sought to weave you into a web of lies and manipulations. It’s hard – and admirable ! – to risk the wrath of liars and sycophants, but as you said in another entry “As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

– you did “the worst thing possible”, according to some of the forces that dominate the 9/11 Truth movement: you expressed an appreciation of Fidel’s stance on the September 11 events and his entry into the Truth movement. Socialism is *anathema* for many of the right-wing populist and white-supremacy sympathizers who roam the Truth movement using it as a recruiting ground – so they oppose anything good coming from Fidel.

But you’re right. The declarations by Fidel (and those by the Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez) on the complicity of those in power within the US regarding the crimes of 9/11 are very valuable for the progressive and radical community.

Some of the “Left Gatekeepers” who keep the Left in denial about the issue might be softened, perhaps even change their minds about this section of the liberation movement, if they could see or hear Fidel’s concerns.

Thank you, both for your courage and for your insight.


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