Rolling Stone's January 24, 2008 issue #1044, features a story titled The Martyrdom Of Brad Will
about the life, struggles, and assassination of Brad
. (On the cover it is called "Anarchist Superstar
Surprisingly, the story is pretty fuckin decent. Any mainstream article that name-drops Kropotkin
, quotes Hakim Bey
, and humorously explains the difference between anti-civ anarchy and social anarchy is, at least, on the right track. The story also accurately stands by Brad being assassinated by Mexican death squad military (rather than the bullshit the governments are throwing out there).
The best and probably most complex issue the article takes up is the role and effect Brad, as a White USAmerican, had in global struggle. His mere presence (and subsequent death) drew attention to struggles such as Oaxaca
. However, at the same time, his death (being valued that much more due to his social standing) gave governments (Mexico and USA) an excuse to justify clamping down.READ THE ARTICLE HEREFRIENDS OF BRAD WILL
Something the article got me thinking about was the historical and contemporary role of international fighters.
International or "foreign" combatants are something that have existed as long as solidarity and common cause have. One of the most well-known examples being the International Brigades
of the Spanish Civil War. Today, there is much talk of "foreign fighters" in places like Iraq.
The very nature of such a discussion assumes that we respect borders as set by our oppressors and that solidarity of struggle cannot righteously exist. We must not allow the oppressor, settler, crusader, and occupier to dictate our struggles.