Build the Popular Front Against War and Imperialism
September 13, 2011
The movement in opposition to the U.S.-NATO war against Libya is bringing broad, new sections of people into active political life.
This movement is adding new impetus to the on-going struggles against militarism and the government's entire war program. Over the last few years, tens of millions of people have joined in the movement against the U.S. government's wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and throughout the Middle East. Thousands of people are taking part in a struggle to close down the "School of the Americas" as part of the movement to end U.S. military intervention in Latin America. These struggles, like the fight against the war in Libya, are part of a broad current of opposition to the aggressive foreign policy of the U.S. government. Across the country, activists continue to fight against the U.S. embargo and blockade of Cuba, to build solidarity movements with peoples fighting against U.S. domination and intervention in Latin America, in Asia and throughout the world, to mobilize public opinion and fight against the gargantuan military budget and the militarization of society.
The fact is that opposition to war and imperialism has always been one of the deepest and broadest currents of the struggle of the American people.
This struggle is needed because the very nature of the capitalist-imperialist system leads the government to make war against other countries. The U.S. monopoly capitalist class has set up a modern-day empire – plundering the resources, exploiting the peoples and dominating the economies of countries throughout the world. To protect this empire and these profits, the U.S. government has stationed troops in more than 100 countries, deployed its nuclear weapons and war fleets over the whole globe and established a web of military alliances and pacts. Time and again, the U.S. government has made wars against the peoples to "protect" and expand the empire of the capitalist class.
Today as the world-wide crisis of capitalism deepens, the rivalries amongst the various imperialist powers are intensifying and the U.S. monopolies are fighting to create a uni-polar world under their domination. The strategy of U.S. imperialism is to create tensions and militarize every situation so as to assert its rule on the basis of "Might Makes Right." With this aim in mind, the U.S. is already at war against Afghanistan and Libya; it is waging "low intensity" wars in Colombia, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere. The U.S. is also militarizing Asia, carrying out repeated provocations against North Korea and sowing the seeds of war on that continent.
But while the monopoly capitalists live by exploiting other countries, the American workers and people aspire only to live in friendship, in peace, and in unity with the peoples everywhere. It is this profound aspiration which gives rise to our struggle against war and imperialism. Every generation of Americans has grown up and molded itself, in part, in struggle against the aggressive wars waged by the capitalist government – in the movement against the war in Vietnam, in the anti-nuclear movement and struggles against U.S. intervention in Central America, in struggle against the war in Yugoslavia, etc.
What is needed to advance this movement and for the people to realize their aim of living in a world of peace and friendship? In our opinion, the decisive thing is to help provide the anti-war movement with consciousness, independent organization and program. In other words we must politicize ourselves and our movement.
Politicizing ourselves and our movement means carrying out widescale analysis and discussion over such questions as: what is the cause of militarism and war? who are the friends and who are the enemies of peace? what strategy and tactics must we employ. Politicizing our movement means recognizing the role of the people as the force for peace; it means summing up our experience and learning how to step-by-step increase our organized and independent strength. It means merging the various currents of the anti-war, anti-militarist movement into one mighty torrent. Politicizing our movement means going beyond simply reacting to the aggressive, interventionist program of the government. It means taking the initiative into our own hands and rallying people around a positive aim and program. Only by setting our own agenda can we empower ourselves in the fight to put an end to war and imperialism once and for all.
The immediate program of the Workers Party calls for a democratic foreign policy. We demand an end to all U.S. intervention and aggression against other countries, the withdrawal of all U.S. troops stationed abroad, the dismantling of all aggressive military pacts and alliances, such as NATO, and respect for the sovereign equality of every nation – for the right of every people to settle their affairs and determine their social and political system for themselves.
Winning the struggle for such a democratic foreign policy means building up the conscious and organized movement of the people in opposition to and struggle against the capitalist warmakers.
We call on the workers and everyone who values peace to join in the urgent struggle against the U.S.-NATO war in Libya and the entire war program of U.S. imperialism. We call on the people to take the politics of their movement into their own hands and to make this struggle a new starting point for building up a broad popular front against war and imperialism.
Peace is the cause of the people!
Build a Popular Front Against War and Imperialism!