Campus Meeting Demands: Stop the Wars!

February 26, 2007

On February 20, about 30 people joined in a lively anti-war meeting organized by the Youth and Students for a Democratic Foreign Policy (YSDFP) in Chicago.

A speaker from the Workers Party began the meeting by demanding the immediate, unconditional withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq. He pointed out that in the face of the people's overwhelming demand for peace, the U.S. government is not only sending more troops to Iraq but escalating its "war on terrorism" all along the line - sending more troops to Afghanistan, rapidly marching down the road of war against Iran, bombing Somalia, threatening Pakistan, expanding the U.S. military, etc.

The speaker showed in detail how the war program arises from the crisis of the capitalist-imperialist system in the U.S. and is the bipartisan policy of both the Democratic and Republican parties. He emphasized that U.S. imperialism will remain aggressive as long as it has a single tooth left in its head. Thus, he stressed that, in the course of our struggles against every aggressive step taken by the government, people must strengthen their independent, anti-imperialist movement. We aim at nothing less than the end of all U.S. aggression, the withdrawal of all U.S. troops stationed abroad and the winning of a lasting peace. This requires replacing the capitalist-imperialist government with a peace government - of, by and for the people.

After the main speech, people discussed the issues for another 2 hours. One after another, they denounced the war. A lively and open atmosphere encouraged everyone to express themselves. Many people wanted to go deeply into how to advance the anti-war struggles and how to reclaim the government.

People wanted to know about future activities; some said they will join actively in the work of the YSDFP.