Support the Struggle of the Egyptian People!
Stop U.S. Military Aid to Egypt!
February 8, 2011
The Obama administration is working to buy time for the ruling elite in Egypt by once again resurrecting the "now that we're there we can't leave" theme. According to Admiral Mike Mullen, chairmen of the joint chiefs of staff, the Obama administration will not cut off aid to the Mubarak dictatorship because, "There is a lot of uncertainty out there and I would just caution against doing anything until we really understand what's going on. I recognize that ($1.3 billion) certainly is a significant investment, but it's an investment that has paid off for a long, long time." Not only must U.S. imperialism continue arming and financing the Mubarak regime now that it has been doing so for 30 years, but the Obama administration has also greeted the democratic movement in Egypt with the deployment of two U.S. warships to the Red Sea. As The Worker goes to press, the U.S.-backed Mubarak regime remains in power and is stepping up its repression of the opposition. Already in the two weeks since the Egyptian uprising began, the regime has murdered over 300 people, hundreds have been arrested, and many tortured.
But the Egyptian people are not being intimidated. On the contrary, they are gaining momentum in their struggle to overthrow the U.S.-backed Mubarak dictatorship and to advance their national democratic movement. Demonstrations, strikes and other actions are organized every day. The people are defying the terror of the guns and tanks of the Mubarak regime in one confrontation after another. There is not a single town or village in Egypt that has not joined in the struggle.
The revolutionary spirit of the struggle in Egypt is an inspiration to the people of the whole world who can see that the people are uniting their ranks despite the repression. The growing organization of the uprising is seen especially in the emergence of popular organizations in the towns and villages which have taken charge of insuring that food and other necessary services are supplied through the efforts of the Egyptian people themselves.
U.S. imperialism's program of sponsoring reactionary regimes (such as Hosni Mubarak, the Shah of Iran, the Saudi Arabian monarchy, Saddam Hussein, etc.) as well as its all-around militarization and war in the Middle East and Central Asia is motivated by the drive of the U.S. monopoly capitalist class to plunder the oil wealth of the region and maintain its domination of this strategic part of the world. Since WWII, U.S. imperialism has carried out the 3-pronged U.S. strategy of "protecting" the region's "great natural resources" from the national liberation movements of the peoples by 1) direct military intervention, 2) supporting the aggressive Israeli state, and 3) building up reactionary local regimes.
It is precisely because of the growing opposition of the peoples to war and colonialism today that the Obama administration is pursuing its hypocritical two-faced policy of combining military aggression with political deception. While talking about "reform" in words, the Obama administration is carrying out the "war on terrorism" in deeds. U.S. imperialism is trying to impose the law of jungle – declaring that it will launch military strikes at any time against any country in the way of its global domination. In the last two years and more, U.S. imperialism has set Central Asia and the Middle East on fire, occupying Afghanistan, Palestine, Iraq, attacking Pakistan and Yemen. The U.S. continues to pressure Syria and Iran and prepare for war against these countries. All along, the declared aim of the U.S. government has been to create a "new Middle East" in which U.S. imperialism imposes its economic and political dictate on every country. With absurd, doublespeak logic, the U.S. government is still claiming to be "bringing democracy" to the region.
In fact, not only in the Middle East and Central Asia, but throughout the world, the foreign policy of U.S. imperialism is based on militarism, interference and repression against the peoples. This entire foreign policy of militarism and war arises from the very foundation of the capitalist-imperialist system which is based not only on the exploitation of the U.S. working class but also on the superexploitation and plunder of peoples throughout the world.
But, we live in an era in which the oppressed peoples everywhere – in the Philippines and Indonesia, in Vietnam and Korea, in Cuba and Nicaragua, in China and India, across the whole of Africa and the Middle East – have stood up and are fighting for their liberation. National sovereignty, the independence and equality of all peoples, the liberation of the oppressed is not something given the people by the ruling classes. Neither can the guns nor the lies of imperialism take it away. It is something the peoples themselves have asserted and fought for. It is a struggle, a demand, which arises from the very humanity of the people and is a practical problem taken up for solution. So too, the American people have risen and are continuing to rise against each and every aggressive war launched by our "own" government because, unlike the capitalists, we do not live by exploiting and oppressing other nations, and because we aspire to a world of peace and friendship amongst the people.
The American people must assert this aspiration by fighting for a democratic foreign policy based on ending all overt and covert U.S. intervention, on recognizing the sovereignty and equality of all countries, on withdrawing all U.S. troops stationed abroad and cutting off all U.S. military aid.
This is why all across the U.S. people are coming forward to support the Egyptian people's struggle against U.S. domination and to demand an end to U.S. military aid to Egypt.