Saturday, June 18, 2011
In Their Own Words: Harsha Walia on the Black Bloc
Those familiar with left-wing rhetoric know full well that "diversity of tactics" is, essentially, a code phrase for violence. A "diversity of tactics" is an action in which violent tactics are tolerated alongside non-violent tactics.
As Harsha Walia of No One is Illegal points out, the Black Bloc tactic is not as marginal among the far-left as many would prefer we believe. Organizers of actions such as the "2010 Heart Attack" anti-Olympic rally communicate with the Black Bloc about their participation in these activities, and even seem to know who the Black Bloc are.
Most damningly, Walia explains that the far-left uses the terrorist activities of the Black Bloc -- and that's very much what the Black Bloc's activities are -- as cover in order to divert scrutiny from non-violent protest tactics.
Walia concludes by insisting that the Black Bloc's allies on the far-left are obligated to publicly keep silent about the Black Bloc's activities.