Only the Peoples Can Stop the Wars!

October 7, 2016

September 14th marked the 15th anniversary of the near-unanimous vote in Congress to authorize the “use of military force against terrorists.” With this law the two parties of war signed off on the strategic doctrine of “preemptive war” – of war against the world. 

This blueprint for world domination first codified on that date, is a product of the crisis and decay of the capitalist-imperialist system. In particular, U.S. imperialism is trying to shift the burden of the economic crisis onto other countries and peoples, trying to maintain its global dominance by militarizing every situation and imposing its will through force of arms.

Throughout the Middle East in particular, the capitalists are wantonly disregarding the sovereignty of countries. U.S. imperialism has declared that every country and state must accept the “free market” system, put its economy at the disposal of the big international monopolies and bankers, and have its political system “approved” by U.S. imperialism.  Any country or people that resist, for any reason, are accused of some evil and made targets. 

In the manner of the old-style racists and colonialists, U.S. imperialism has declared that it can determine the economic and political system of every country and send its troops to every corner of the globe.

This so-called “international war against terrorism” has been characterized as a “coup d’etat on a world scale,” because it tears down the entire edifice of international law and openly declares that Might Makes Right. U.S. imperialism’s “war against terrorism” is in reality directed against the liberation movements of the peoples and against any country which, for whatever reason, resists the dictates of U.S. imperialism.

According to the “first-strike” provisions of the law, any U.S. president is authorized to start wars whenever and wherever it wants to “preempt terrorist countries” and “countries seeking weapons of mass destruction.” The Pentagon has even developed a nuclear hit-list and has drawn up plans that include nuclear first-strikes against other countries  including in the Middle East and Asia.

Already the Pentagon and its surrogate armies are waging full-scale wars against Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine and occupying these countries. U.S. imperialism is also escalating counter-insurgency wars in Colombia and the Philippines. In addition, U.S. airstrikes are being deployed and new U.S. bases set up in scores of countries – in Pakistan, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Poland, etc.

The fall of the Soviet empire was promised as the beginning of a “new era of peace and prosperity.” But during the last 25 years, U.S. imperialism has unleashed savage wars of aggression and resurrected the racist doctrine of the “white man’s burden” in order to assert that it alone can determine which countries are entitled to sovereignty and independence and which are not. 

The next step in the U.S. war program is to continue demonizing the alleged enemies of U.S. imperialism. The means involved for continuing this war program will continue to include state terrorism as the official policy of U.S. imperialism. So too, the CIA and the Pentagon will continue to organize training of “counter-insurgency” forces and paramilitary gangs as well as declarations of all out war in the name of being the “world policeman.” 

The real motives are to defend and expand the empire of the capitalist class. Beset by all-sided crisis, including growing rivalries with other capitalist states, the U.S. capitalists are relying on their military power to try to force every country to accept their dictates. Just like Hitler, U.S. imperialism has declared that might makes right.

Only the peoples can stop the war program of U.S. imperialism. 

We must continuously mobilize ever-wider sections of the people against each aggressive step taken by the government.

In the course of these fights we must organize our own independent political movement.

We must aim at taking the power out of the hands of the warmakers and creating a people’s government which implements a program of peace and friendship by withdrawing all U.S. troops stationed abroad, ending U.S. interference and intervention against other countries and recognizing the sovereign equality of every nation.