The Peoples Will Stop the War!

March 4, 2003

Statement of the Workers Party, U.S.A.

On March 19, the U.S. government launched war against Iraq.

Already, U.S. bombs and cruise missiles are falling on population centers in Baghdad and other cities, taking their toll on the Iraqi people. Already the daughters and sons of the American people are being sacrificed in a war for oil and empire.

In every way, this is an aggressive war which tramples underfoot international law and the sovereignty of countries. This is an imperialist war which aims at taking over Iraq. It is a war waged in opposition to the expressed will of the peoples and governments of the world.

In fact, the Bush administration has repeatedly declared that it will use its occupation of Iraq as a base to extend U.S. domination throughout the Middle East. Even as U.S. planes bomb Iraqi civilians, the Israeli army, always at the command of U.S. imperialism, is attacking the Palestinian people. The Bush administration openly talks about extending the war to Iran and other countries in the region.

The invasion of Iraq is one front in a global "war against terrorism" - the program of the U.S. monopoly capitalist class to gain world domination through force of arms. U.S. imperialism is already occupying Afghanistan, waging counter-insurgency wars in the Philippines and Colombia, preparing to attack North Korea, building up its arsenal of nuclear and conventional weapons, etc.

These wars show that the contradictions of the capitalist-imperialist system have reached the bursting point. In Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. imperialism is turning the clock back to open colonialism, waging war against the independence and sovereignty of countries. In Palestine, Colombia, the Philippines and elsewhere, U.S. imperialism is trying to drown in blood the struggles of the peoples for freedom and liberation.

So too, the contradictions and rivalries between competing imperialist powers and capitalist states are at the bursting point. U.S. imperialism is launching war to grab more of the spoils of colonialism, to redraw the world map in the U.S. image and force a new division of spheres of influence and economic territory.

The war program, in turn, is intensifying all the contradictions inside our country. The capitalists are militarizing the economy, robbing the public treasury and further attacking the economic rights and wages of the workers all along the line. The government is increasing its arbitrary police powers, criminalizing political dissent, attacking civil liberties and democratic rights, attacking immigrants and national minorities.

Already, hundreds of millions of people across the world have come out in opposition to the invasion of Iraq and the so-called "war against terrorism." These struggles are isolating U.S. imperialism and branding it as the aggressor. This is a great beginning in the struggle for peace.

But to carry this struggle through, the people must rise to the challenge.

In the course of bringing ever wider sections of people into the anti-war struggle, we must also organize ourselves. We must face up to the facts - to the intensity and all-sided character of the war program, to the fact that none of the forces of the status quo will be able to withstand or defeat the capitalist program of war and fascism. In other words, we must face up to the fact that only the people themselves can find the way out and win the peace.

We must organize, organize and organize. We must strengthen our anti-imperialist struggle as one front of the independent political movement of the workers and people.

We demand peace - a peace based on recognizing the sovereignty and rights of every country and people. Such a peace requires withdrawing all U.S. troops from the Middle East and the world, ending U.S. aggression in all its forms and ending the militarization of our country.

Such a democratic foreign policy can only be won in opposition to and struggle against the parties of war and imperialism and by bringing to power a new, people's government.

Peace is the cause of the peoples and it is up to us to organize to bring it about.