U.S. Imperialism, Hands Off Latin America!

October 25, 2004

Several articles in this issue are devoted to Latin America.

Materials on pages 3 and 4 report on the brutality of the U.S. occupation in Haiti and the Pentagon's plans to send more troops to Colombia. On the front page, we write about some of the many activities in the U.S. against U.S. intervention in Latin America. One article calls on people to join in the annual demonstrations in Fort Benning Georgia against the "School of the Americas" and another article reports on a recent meeting of the Peace Agenda Forum.

U. S. imperialism has long considered Latin American as its "backyard," robbing the wealth of the continent, superexploiting the peoples and carrying on a permanent war to suppress the popular struggles for independence and social progress.

Today, when U.S. imperialism has launched its so-called "international war against terrorism" in order to assert itself as the sole superpower, it is intensifying its exploitation and intervention in Latin America. Today, amongst other things, U.S. imperialism is 1) occupying Haiti and trying to restore direct colonial rule 2) working to destabilize the constitutional government of Venezuela; 3) tightening its blockade against Cuba and planning direct military intervention; 4) escalating a counter-insurgency war against the Colombian people; 5) extending and deepening its economic takeover of the continent through such mechanisms as the Central American Free Trade Agreement, the North American Free Trade Agreement, etc., etc.

It is the duty of the U.S. working class and people to step up their struggles against U.S. intervention and U.S. colonialism and support the just struggles of the Latin American peoples for independence, freedom and social progress.