The Bristol Insurrectionists attack on an Air Cadets bus.
So there’s been a lot of discussion about the Bristol insurrectionists setting fire to a Air cadets vehicle.
I used to be in the army cadets, not because I wanted to but because my parents thought it would teach us some discipline and authority (me and by younger brother I mean by us). And at the age of 14, being influenced by my dads right-wing views and shit, I was thinking of joining the army.
There’s a vile culture inside of cadet forces and military institutions all together, which includes extreme racism, a lot of sexism, extreme homophobia and macho culture. It wasn’t uncommon to see the Sergeants making racist comments, and at the age of 14 you just kind of accept it from the stories they tell of getting shot at by ‘ragheads’, ‘taig feninian scum’ in Ireland and ‘pakis’, and with their die hard patriotism. I can only think of what an attack on our bus back then would have done, it wouldn’t have done much to be honest. There would be a spare one or another one would be bought pretty much straight away.
In terms of influencing the actual kids, most of the people I knew were either already committed racists, future soldiers and patriots. Some were only there for the social side and because their parents made them. After the bus being set on fire, the first people they’d look to for answers would be their Sergeants or other high ranking people within the troop. With most of the Sergeants being ex or currently serving soldiers, they wouldn’t have exactly done a speech about the military industrial complex or militarization of youth. They’d be calling those responsible traitors, IRA, Muslims or whatever scapegoat they could think of.
Personally, I don’t see what any benefit that sort of attack would have achieved, apart from a cheer from other insurrectionists then some nasty police raids.
In terms of its affect against the state or the military complex and institutions itself, next to nothing.
The kids would still probably continue to be influenced by their Sergeants, I know all the people I knew in our force are all right-wing arseholes and some of them serving soldiers - most, if not all of them, came from working-class backgrounds. And at such a young age, looking for identity and for a sense of belonging, the army and cadets does that.
I would be surprised if even one of the kids affected by the bus being set alight ever became an anarchists because of it, or even at all.
I’m not deffo not a pacifist and do believe an armed struggle against the state is necessary and inevitable in a revolution, but when the current UK anarchist movement is so small compared to the population, its almost a wasted effort.
Some people will agree or disagree, but in the end I’m not going to say what people should do or how people think they should bring about a revolution. Personally, I just feel the time spent planning and gather resources etc could have been spent a lot better.