We Must Redouble Out Efforts

August 19, 2003

Two years ago, the U.S. government launched a so-called "war against terrorism" which it said would last for decades. And make no mistake about it. Today, the U.S. government is continuing and spreading this war.

- - In Iraq, the U.S. is imposing a military-colonial regime and continuing a counter-insurgency war to suppress the Iraqi's people's resistance to U.S. occupation.

- - The U.S. continues to occupy Afghanistan and many government officials want to dramatically increase the number of U.S. troops.

- - The U.S. is further militarizing the Korean peninsula and organizing nuclear war "exercises" directed against North Korea, even as spokespersons for the U.S. publicly call for war against Korea.

- - The U.S. is escalating counter-insurgency war against Colombia, sending hundreds of regular troops and thousands of mercenaries to the country.

- - Replaying the scenario which led to aggression against Iraq, the U.S. is pressuring the Iranian government; the Bush administration admits it has drawn up invasion plans.

- - The U.S. continues to finance and direct the Israeli aggressors in their war of occupation against the Palestinian people.

And the list goes on and on.

The U.S. government has officially adopted the doctrine of "preemptive war" and drawn up a hit list. Any country which, for whatever reason, opposes U.S. dictate, is branded a "rogue state" which can be attacked. Any people who resist U.S. domination and fight for freedom are condemned as "terrorist" and targeted for attack.

U.S. imperialism's so-called "war against terrorism" is the battle plan of the U.S. capitalist class for world domination through force of arms.

During these 2 years, the American people have come out in a nationwide movement against this capitalist war program. We have made a great beginning in bringing our demand for peace to center stage.

But the times demand that we redouble our efforts. We must further organize ourselves as part of the independent political movement of the workers and people and direct our struggle squarely against the government and parties of war. The capitalists will continue their wars until they are stopped by the peoples.

In our struggle to stay the hands of the U.S. warmakers and defeat them, we join with the peoples everywhere who are fighting against war and imperialism - with the Iraqi people who are resisting U.S. occupation, with the oppressed peoples - in Palestine, in Colombia, in the Philippines, and elsewhere who are fighting for their liberation. We stand with the Korean people, the Cuban people and others who are standing up against the pressures and threats of the imperialists. We stand with the peoples in every country who are coming out and building a new international front against war and fascism.

The people will defeat imperialism and bring into being a new world of peace, a world without colonialism and imperialism, without exploitation and oppression.