Australian Left Review

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Discussion: Afghanistan


Eric Aarons


Jack Blake’s discussion piece (ALR, No. 74) raises vital issues which include, but go beyond, Afghanistan. Referring specifically to Eqbal Ahmad (Interview in Afghanistan: Afghanistan: fact - opinion analysis, CPA publication), Jack says: A section of the left has set up fixed criteria for granting legitimacy to revolution in a Third World country.... I do not agree with everything Ahmad says, but I think Jack’s criticism misses the main point, Ahmad approves the program of the People’s Democratic Party in Afghanistan, as I think we all do. But he legitimately points to the dangers in trying to implement such a program without sufficient mass support, particularly among those most affected — the peasantry.



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