The Worker (Update), September 3, 2014
Published by the Workers Party, USA
P.O. Box 25716, Chicago, IL 60625
Build a Popular Front Against War and Imperialism!
These days, White House excuses for war and armed intervention are becoming increasingly puffed-up and arbitrary.
Much like talk of “Overseas Contingency Operations funds,” talk of ISIL (meaning “a state where the sun rises”) was unheard of before the Obama administration took office. Before the transition, “Overseas Contingency Operation” funds were talked about as “Global War on Terror” funds. By covering over the relationship between U.S. wars today and the war program launched by George W. Bush, the Obama administration hopes to find innovative ways to hide the exploiting, colonial aims of its “war against international terrorism.”
Most recently, after the current Iraqi state officially sanctioned the U.S. bombing of its own people and infrastructure in northern Iraq in the name of fighting “ISIL,” Obama proclaimed: “We will continue to support a moderate opposition inside of Syria in part because we have to give people inside of Syria a choice other than ISIL or Assad.” (White House press conference, 8/28)
Thus, according to Obama, with some twelve to thirteen thousand U.S. recruits stationed in Iraq, a cooperative and dependent government, thousands of professional soldiers contracted to private U.S. companies and more than seven-hundred thousand Iraqis trained by U.S. officers for the last ten years, “ISIL” is taking control of large swaths of Iraqi land and terrorizing the entire population. Yet in Syria, the U.S. superpower is so familiar with “ISIL” activities that it can freely provide aid to “moderates” even while protecting the right of the Syrian people to settle their affairs for themselves.
This far-fetched and fanciful pretext would be laughable if it were not so vicious. It is an attempt to dehumanize the Arab and Muslim people and must be treated with the contempt it deserves. As in the past, it is the fundamental task of the anti-war movement to expose the real class interests – the interests of profit and empire – which drive the war program of the capitalist class.
Through the export of capital, the very social existence of the U.S. monopoly capitalist class is bound up with the superexploitation of the peoples and the oppression of nations.
Violence and war are built into the foundations of the capitalist-imperialist system. While U.S. imperialism tries to hide its aims under such banners as “freedom” and “democracy,” it has 1) waged hundreds of armed interventions against the liberation struggles of the oppressed peoples; 2) sent the peoples into inter-imperialist wars, wars waged by the capitalist powers to see who can grab the most empire and profits.
Capitalist-imperialism arose in the beginning of the twentieth century. By that time, a handful of monopolies, linked with the big capitalist bankers, had come to dominate the entire economies of Western Europe and the U.S. The growth of monopolies leads to a “super-abundance” of capital – capital which overflows the brim of the home market.
In other words, the capitalist monopolies, driven by the inexorable law of maximizing profit, continually seek new outlets abroad.
Today, the export of loans and finance capital have become a favorite means of the international monopolies for tightening their control over the economies of the dependent countries.
Aside from grabbing hundreds of billions in interest every year, the IMF and World Bank and other financial institutions use the debt to force the developing countries to surrender their economic sovereignty and open up entire continents to imperialist plunder and exploitation. The international bankers force the privatization of the state sectors of the economy, demanding removal of any barriers to foreign ownership.
Through such measures, not only the mineral wealth and other resources but also the factories and economic infrastructure of various countries, including ports, rail lines, roads and airports, etc., have been turned over to foreign monopolies.
In addition, the international bankers draw up the budgets of the developing countries, imposing new taxes on the masses while gutting social spending. Many developing countries spend 1/3 to 2/3 of their yearly budget on interest payments.
By dominating the global marketplace, the big monopolies impose the “scissors” effect on poorer and dependent countries – buying up their raw materials cheaply while selling back manufactured goods at inflated prices. Through the privileged position of the dollar and the domination of international currency, U.S. bankers extract tribute from the entire world.
The social relations of capitalist-imperialism are holding back the progress of humanity.
Thus, in Syria and wherever the U.S. speaks of the “universality” of “American values,” it is talking about the “right” of the capitalists to exploit and dominate.
U.S. imperialism has no plans to change its strategy of relying on military might to assert “American leadership” in Syria but it will be stopped by the struggle of the Syrian people.
In the “Syrian Accountability Act,” which authorizes U.S. threats and pressure against Syria with the aim of forcing it to accept U.S. dictate and open up its markets, the U.S. Congress and President openly declare that Syria is targeted for its opposition at the U.N. to the U.S. invasion of Iraq. So too, the bill demands that Syria enact repressive measures targeting Palestinian refugees and that it come into “full compliance” with all U.S. laws “relating to terrorism.”
The Syrian people will defeat all U.S. plots against them. In Syria, the people have a long history of struggle against imperialist intervention. Especially over the last decade, Syria's people have been in the forefront of the struggle in defense of the right of the oppressed nations and peoples to determine their affairs for themselves and against U.S. imperialism’s entire “war on terrorism.”
For the American people, opposition to U.S. interference in Syria is part of the struggle against war and imperialism which has always been one of the profound currents of the class struggle. In our country, the workers and people have no choice but to wage this fight.
The U.S. capitalist class has the military might and the political power to unleash yet more disasters on the world but the warmakers are extremely weak amongst the people and in the sphere of public opinion. Our task is to mobilize the people into the struggle to stay the hand of the warmakers.
Part of advancing the anti-war movement is linking together the manifold currents of struggles into one mighty torrent, into a broad popular front against war. To do this we must zero in on the real target – the monopoly capitalist class and its Republican and Democratic parties.
Do not let the imperialist warmakers have a free hand.
Peace and the liberation of the peoples are the sacred cause of humanity.
The Palestinian Nation Will Survive and Win!
Even while U.S. imperialism backs Israeli zionism to the hilt and supports its terror and aggression, the Obama administration is hatching up new intrigues and plots to liquidate the resistance and struggle of the Palestinian people.
As in the past, what U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has in mind today is to promise the Palestinians some “local autonomy” (of course under the watchful eyes of Israeli troops) if the Palestinians give up their revolutionary struggle and renounce their sacred national rights.
But neither the fascist atrocities of the zionists nor the intrigues of the imperialists will deter the Palestinian people. Expelled by force of arms from their homeland, sent into exile or squalid refugee camps, betrayed more than once by false “friends,” the Palestinian people have already overcome huge obstacles in order to unify their ranks and develop their liberation struggle against the zionist occupiers.
Thousands upon thousands of martyrs have already fallen, but from the blood of each one a thousand more fighters have sprung up. As one of the slogans of the Palestinian revolution declares: “From generation to generation, until final liberation.”
Through their heroic, unconquerable struggle the Palestinian people are not only fighting for their own liberation but also dealing sharp blows at U.S. and world imperialism, the common enemies of the world’s peoples. The Palestinian revolution is a stirring inspiration to the downtrodden and oppressed everywhere.
The Israeli aggressors, along with their U.S. imperialist masters – like all fascists throughout history – will go down in defeat because they have pitted themselves in opposition to the people.
On the other hand, the invincibility of the Palestinians comes from the necessity, the humanity, of their cause. They are fighting for national salvation and liberation, for their very life as a nation and people and nothing will prevent them from victory.
U.S.-Colombia “Action Plan on Regional Security Cooperation”
During a trip to Mexico and Colombia, U.S. Ambassador William R. Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, met with the Colombian Vice Minister of Defense. On August 1st Brownfield and Mr. Vizcaya signed off on a new strategy for “bilateral and multilateral law enforcement” called the “Action Plan on Regional Security Cooperation for 2015.”
In an earlier speech about the plan Colombian President Santos announced: “Our countries have moved from being just good friends and partners to become real allies. We are allies in building a new world order – the world of the 20th century is behind; it is in the past. Now there is a new international reality and we cannot simply be passive observers of this reality. Only joint work of those who share the ideals of freedom and democracy makes sure of a peaceful transition towards a better world. And we feel that we must work together.”
Santos also said that he “agreed with President Obama to work together so as to help Central American countries in fighting against organized crime and drug trafficking. The experience that we have gathered through Plan Colombia together with the United States is something that we have the obligation of sharing with our brothers in Central America who are going through difficult times. So that is the reason why we have decided to strengthen and improve joint assistance mechanisms for these countries.”
Sometimes billed as part of a “war on drugs” and sometimes billed as part of a “war on terror,” “Plan Colombia” is a project of interventionist war by the United States against the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean. It was drawn up during the Clinton administration. “Plan Colombia” has been used to militarize the entire Andes region – to establish military bases and dispatch U.S. advisers to Colombia, Peru, to El Salvador and other countries.
Over the last several years Obama has dramatically expanded “Plan Colombia.” According to a U.S. Department of State press release (4/15/2012), “The United States and Colombia already provide direct operational support and indirect capacity building efforts to countries throughout the hemisphere and West Africa. One example of direct combined U.S. and Colombian operational efforts is OPERATION MARTILLO, where the U.S. Joint Interagency Task Force – South (JIATF-S) and Colombian Navy and Air Forces are coordinating air and maritime detection, monitoring, and interdiction efforts to detect and disrupt transnational organized criminal elements...
“An example of complementary capacity building efforts includes the Central America Regional Police Reform Project. With funding from the Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI), the Colombian National Police provides training and assistance in such topics as community policing, police academy instructor training, and curriculum development in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Panama. To complement this police training by Colombia, the United States trains prosecutors in these countries, resulting in holistic capacity building across the entire rule of law spectrum. Both countries are working to identify new areas for collaboration and committed to coordinate more closely with partner nations throughout the hemisphere.”
For decades, the Colombian military has been supported and organized by U.S. imperialism. Today it is notorious as one of the most violent and repressive regimes in the world. In return, the Colombian military serves to protect the strategic and economic interests of U.S. monopoly capital such as domination of the entire Andes region, including its vast mineral and oil wealth as well as control over the Panama Canal. In addition, Colombia itself is a source of super-profits for the U.S. monopoly capitalists. U.S. agric-business interests have long bolstered the power of the Colombian landed oligarchy and, in turn, dominated the market for Colombian coffee, beef, and other products (40% of Colombia’s import and export trade is with the U.S.). U.S. multi-national corporations are also the biggest foreign investor in the country, and, in recent years, have been dramatically increasing their investments in Colombia’s growing oil industry as well as other sectors.
Below we provide some background information on U.S. militarism in Colombia.
Throughout the 1990’s Colombia was the biggest recipient of U.S. military aid and training in Latin America. From 1990-98, Colombia received $830 million in military assistance; hundreds of millions more were provided for Colombia’s police. Over the last 15 years the number of people the Colombian government has under arms increased from 250,000 to 444,000. (Today there are 171,000 Colombian police and 273,000 in the military.)
The massive quantities of U.S. arms shipped to Colombia have equipped the army for counter-insurgency war and included helicopter gunships and counter-insurgency jets which have been repeatedly used to bomb guerrilla-controlled areas as part of “softening up” civilian population centers. U.S. funds and U.S. military “advisers” have also been used to build a network of military bases with “the goal to increase the battlefronts against the guerillas. . . .” (former U.S. Ambassador Morris Busby).
Since 1984, Colombia has also had the largest International Military Education and Training program (run by the U.S. military) in Latin America. From 1984-92, 6,844 soldiers were trained through IMET and used to form the core of various “elite,” counter-insurgency units. In addition, special urban police units were set up to suppress the trade unions and other urban movements. Colombian units organized and trained by the U.S. included the notorious “Mobile units” composed of professional soldiers and used as the primary counter-insurgency strike force. The tactics of these “Mobile units” are similar to the “strategic Hamlet” program used by U.S. imperialism in Vietnam. International human rights groups have documented repeated bombings of civilian areas, wholesale arrest, torture and massacre of civilians, burning and destruction of entire villages, etc. The terror unleashed by these “Mobile units,” combined with the terror of the para-military forces (see below), have turned 4.9 million Colombians into internal refugees – forcibly displaced from their homes and left to wander the country with no means of livelihood, no shelter, etc.
Colombia's counter-insurgency war is directed, in person, by U.S. military “advisers” and “trainers.” Several hundred U.S. military personnel are already stationed in the country. They are mainly Green Berets and other elite units which are part of U.S. Special Operations Command directed by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict.
Under a special law (Section 2011, Title 10) most of the U.S. military personnel in Colombia operate under the “Joint Combined Exchange and Training” program which places them outside of any Congressional oversight. In fact, even during the years 1995-97, when U.S. law banned aid to the Colombian military due to its human rights record, the Special Operations forces continued to train Colombian soldiers in “shoot and maneuver tactics,” intelligence gathering and counter-insurgency warfare. U.S. “trainers” regularly took part in operations against the guerrilla forces. One senior U.S. military officer in Colombia admitted. “We decide on the ground how far we can go. We can call anything counter-drugs. If you are going to train to take out a target, it doesn't make much difference, if you call it a drug lab or a guerrilla camp. There's not much difference between counter-drugs and counter-insurgency. We just don't use the [language] much anymore because it is politically too sensitive.” (quoted in the “Washington Post,” July 13, 1998). The U.S. Southern Command admitted that Special Operations forces, numbering several hundred, took part in 28 joint operations with Colombian forces in 1996 and 29 operations in 1997.
U.S. Support for Paramilitaries
As part of its operations in Colombia, the U.S. government has helped set up an extensive network of paramilitary death squads as a shock force in its counter-insurgency war. Such paramilitary groups include off-duty and retired soldiers as well as civilian spies and mercenaries. They are often partially funded by big drug-dealers as well as by U.S. corporations. There are thousands of armed paramilitaries operating in Colombia, directly linked with the Colombian military and its U.S. “advisers.”
Paramilitaries became a key component of U.S. counter-insurgency especially during the Cold War when in Colombia (and throughout the world), the U.S. army organized civilian “self-defense forces” as part of its strategy against the national liberation movements. In 1955, Colombia was the first Latin American country to set up a U.S.-initiated counter-guerrilla center and begin training such “self-defense forces.” In 1962, a U.S. Army Special Warfare team recommended that Colombia “select civilian and military personnel for clandestine training . . . to be used to perform counter-agent and counter-propaganda functions and as necessary executive paramilitary, sabotage and/or terrorist activities against known communist proponents. It should be backed by the United States.” (from U.S. Army report, quoted in “Colombia’s Killer Networks,” published in 1996 by Human Rights Watch). These U.S.-authored tactics were adopted by Colombia’s army in its “Plan Lazo.” Human Rights groups have documented innumerable instances of how such paramilitary groups were used not only against guerrilla movement but also against the political opposition and civilians generally. In fact, U.S. and Colombian military training manuals instruct the “paras” to target all social protest movements, on how to test the loyalties of civilians. Those with “suspicious” loyalties are blacklisted, terrorized or killed by the paras.
In 1991, on the recommendation of a U.S. team including representatives from the CIA and U.S. Southern Command, the Colombian military re-organized its paramilitary operations on the basis of Order 200-05/91. This order authorized the army to set up thirty paramilitary networks in urban and rural areas. In the words of a retired Colombian army major the paramilitaries “principal action. . . . is to collect intelligence, in addition to serving as an extermination group.” All the networks set up under Order 200-05/91 were placed under the direct command of the army which also took responsibility for selecting the targets.
The paramilitary groups are equipped with arms diverted from the Colombian military which, in turn, is aided by the U.S. The U.S. has given direct military aid to such units as the first and second mobile brigades, and dozens of other divisions and brigades involved in organizing the paras and implicated in major human rights violations. In fact, many high-ranking Colombian officers who are implicated in the terrorism of the paras are graduates of the U.S. army’s infamous School of the Americas.
While the U.S. and Colombian governments both try to hide their connections to the paramilitaries, the truth is that these death squads are directly organized by U.S. imperialism and part of its war against the Colombian people.
Only the Political Economy of the Working Class Can Lead the Way Out of the Crisis
Below, we summarize the final part of a speech presented by Michael Thorburn at the October 25, 1999 meeting of the Chicago Branch of the Workers Party (part one appeared on 7/29/14).
Look at what is happening in Asia or in Russia or on the Southside of Chicago. Factories are closing down and millions of workers are being thrown into the unemployment lines. Yet, all the material conditions needed to carry on production exist. There is an abundance of raw materials. There are modern factories equipped with the necessary machines and other implements of production. There are plenty of workers who need jobs to maintain their livelihoods. And in every country, large numbers of people are going without the basic necessities of life. Yet, the productive forces stand idle. Why? Because the capitalist system is unable to set these productive forces in motion.
And this is not all. Capitalism today not only fails to utilize the productive forces at its disposal but it is actively destroying these productive forces on a wide scale. For example, over the last 10 years, the opening up of Eastern Europe and Russia to international capital has led to the massive shutdown of factories and the destruction of productive capacity. Today, the so-called Asian economic tigers are collapsing as a result of the world-wide crisis of overproduction and the big international monopolies aim at consolidating their domination by wiping out production in these countries. So too, in the U.S. the capitalists are restructuring and downsizing, consolidating the most efficient factories while closing others in order to eliminate “excess capacity.”
Monopoly capital is literally devouring society. This is the source of the anti-social agenda which is slashing social investments, privatizing public services, and stripping away any humane feature of society. It is often said these days that Russian capitalism is “mafia capitalism” because that country’s resources and economic infrastructure are simply being pillaged by the ruling circles. But is not this “mafia capitalism” typical of capitalism all over the world in this era of decay and crisis. In every country, the big international monopolies are looting the public treasuries, privatizing the public infrastructure and demanding that everything be put at their disposal. For example, in Mexico and Latin America, international finance capital is demanding that even the ports and roads be sold to them at fire auction prices. In the U.S., finance capital wants to rob the Social Security Trust fund, privatize the public schools, etc. Today, when capitalism is in permanent crisis, it is resorting to the methods of primitive accumulation – that is, monopoly capital is using its state power to simply rob the wealth of society.
What could more thoroughly condemn the capitalist system than the fact that it is destroying the productive forces built up by humankind over generations and generations, that capitalism is destroying the very means through which human beings create their material existence?
The root of the problem is that the vast means of production created by humanity and set in motion by humanity are social in character and they cannot be set in motion by the narrow aims of capitalism. Despite all the capitalist propaganda, the fact remains that the modern factories, communications systems, and so forth are not private property. There is really nothing private about them. They are all social in character. The means of production are social because they are the product of generations of labor – of thousands of years of human efforts – and they can be set in motion only through the cooperative division of labor amongst tens of millions of people. When workers go into a factory, they are told that they are on private property. The capitalist owner not only sets all the rules but owns the product. Yet it is only the social labor of the workers which enables that factory to produce anything. It is the social character of the modern productive forces which give them the capacity to produce an abundance.
One manifestation of this contradiction between the social character of the productive forces and capitalist private ownership is that the vast productive capacity of society far outstrips the limited consuming power of the workers (and society as a whole). The result is that today, as in the past, capitalism is undergoing a “crisis of overproduction.” This crisis has been precipitated by the fact that on a world scale there is an excess of capacity – that the auto industry, the steel industry, the computer industry, the garment industry, etc., can produce two to three times as many products as the limited world market can absorb. Thus even while capitalism is failing to provide the minimum of food, shelter and clothing for hundreds of millions of people, it is, at the same time, actively destroying productive capacity in country after country.
Thus what the world-wide economic crisis again brings to the fore is the necessity for humankind to recognize the social character of the productive forces.
Last week, I participated in a very interesting discussion with some health care workers. In discussing the almost universal support for the programmatic demand that “Health Care Is A Right,” we recognized that in order for this right to be guaranteed, health care must not be produced with the aim of maximizing profit but rather on the basis of meeting the needs of the people. And does not the same thing hold true for food, for housing, for education and all the basic needs of humanity?
For the last several years, the U.S. government and the capitalist economists have been boasting about “unprecedented economic growth.” But during these years millions of Americans lost their health care coverage. During these years, homelessness increased and today tens of millions of people live in seriously substandard housing. During these years, our public schools continued to crumble. Again, even according to the government, 1/3 of our country’s children lack sufficient food and are seriously undernourished. In sum, even with all the vast, modern means of production at its disposal, capitalism cannot satisfy the elementary needs of the people. Yes, in this so-called “commodity society,” every kind of luxury item is available for those with money, but the basic needs of the people and society as a whole remain unmet.
The working class must rally the whole people around the political economy which places working and oppressed humanity, not the capitalist exploiters, at the center.
Thus the economic crisis is bringing to the fore a number of fundamental questions. “Will economic life be organized to guarantee the livelihoods of the people or will our very lives remain dependent on the “blind hand” of the “free market” and capitalist profit-making?” “Will people be guaranteed wages commensurate with society’s high level of development or will our standard of living be forced down in order to increase the competitiveness and the bottom line of the big monopoly corporations?” ”Will government make the vital social investments needed to guarantee the rights of the people or will the entire economy be put at disposal of big business?” “Will the means of production created by humanity be put at the disposal of humanity and utilized to create conditions for the all-around emancipation of people or will these means of production remain monopolized by a few and used to enslave the majority?”
Michael Thorburn concluded his discussion by emphasizing: It is easy to see the bankruptcy of an economic and political system which is leading us to economic disaster and admits to having no way out. But when we reflect on this, we must recognize that the responsibility falls to us, to the working class, to lead the way out. It is the working class which must provide answers and create the new socialist society which eliminates the exploitation of human beings, which recognizes the social character of economic life, and overcomes the anarchy of capitalist production through the planned development of economic life on the basis of the aim of guarantying the well-being of the people. It is the working class which through its political leadership and struggle must rally the whole people around a political economy which places working and oppressed humanity, not the capitalist exploiters, at the center.
Democratic Foreign Policy
The struggle against war and imperialism is a vital part of the struggle of the American working class and people.
In the present conditions, the immediate program of the Workers Party calls for a genuinely democratic foreign policy. This program calls for
— the immediate withdrawal of all U.S. troops stationed abroad.
— an end to all aggressive military alliances and pacts such as NATO.
— an end to U.S. interference and aggression in all its forms.
— respect for the sovereignty and independence of every country and the right of every people to determine their own social, economic and political system.
This immediate program aims at putting the initiative into the hands of the anti-war, anti-militarist movement by making it pro-active rather than merely reactive. It aims at uniting the various currents of the anti-war, anti-militarist movement into one mighty torrent and at developing it as an independent movement in opposition to and struggle against the monopoly capitalist class and the imperialist system.
The immediate program for a democratic foreign policy corresponds with the proletarian internationalist ideology of the Workers Party.
Proletarian internationalism is expressed in that great slogan of the Communist Manifesto: “Workers of All Countries, Unite!” This slogan expresses the fact that, regardless of nationality, the oppression of the worker arises from the same conditions – from the capitalist system based on the exploitation of wage-labor. The slogan “Workers of All Countries, Unite!” also expresses the fact that the workers in every country are waging a common struggle for emancipation, a struggle against capitalism and for the victory of socialism. In fact, in the world today – when the biggest monopoly groups and imperialist states have stretched their net of exploitation over the entire globe – the working class struggle is not only directed against the common class of capitalist exploiters but often against the very same capitalists.
In the beginning of the 20th century, alongside the slogan “Workers of All Countries, Unite,” the international working class movement also inscribed on its banner: “Workers and Oppressed Nations and Peoples of the World, Unite!” This slogan arose from the fact that capitalism had “grown” into a world system of colonialism and imperialism. One billion and more people, enslaved by the colonial system, took the field against capitalist-imperialism by initiating anti-colonial, national liberation movements.
These two great movements – the working class movement for emancipation and the national liberation movements of the oppressed nations and peoples – are the principal motive forces of the present era.
The unity of these two great movements is expressed in the common struggle against the common enemy – imperialism; it is expressed in the common goal for the liberation and emancipation of the peoples. The advances and victories of the working class movement in any and every country weaken the common enemy – the capitalist class and the capitalist system – and provide inspiration and illumination for the workers everywhere. So too, the irresistible tide of national liberation has continually struck at the very foundations of the capitalist-imperialist system and helped open the way for the peoples.
The program of proletarian internationalism is of tremendous significance for the U.S. working class and people because, for one thing, the very existence of the U.S. monopoly capitalist class – of U.S. imperialism – is bound up not only with the exploitation and oppression of the U.S. workers but with the super-exploitation and enslavement of nations around the world. Militarism and war are part of the way of life of the U.S. monopoly capitalist class.
The U.S. working class is made up of workers who have come here from the four ends of the earth. The immigrant workers bring into the U.S. working class the anti-imperialist and revolutionary traditions of their homelands. This is an inexhaustible source of enlightenment which further impels the U.S. workers to support the revolutionary movement in every country.
Thus, in the course of our struggle against the capitalist class and for socialism, we must resolutely oppose the chauvinism of U.S. monopoly capital, oppose its war program and its exploitation and domination of other countries. It is impossible for the working class in the U.S. to rise to its feet and fight for its emancipation if it gives way to the chauvinist propaganda and subordinates its own class aims to the drive of U.S. imperialism to dominate other countries and peoples.
Throughout the 20th century, and before, the American people have expressed their profound anti-imperialist sentiment and their proletarian internationalism through repeated struggles against the aggressive wars and colonial program of the capitalist government. For example, over the last 50 years, the American people have initiated and organized massive movements against nuclear weapons and for peace, against U.S. aggression in Vietnam, against the U.S. blockade of Cuba, against the Gulf War and the war in Yugoslavia, etc., etc. The consciousness of every generation of American workers has been formed, in part, by the international experience and victories of the working class movement and the liberation struggles – by the victories of socialism in the Soviet Union in the 1920’s and ‘30’s, by the world-wide Anti-Fascist War, by the glorious national liberation struggle of the Vietnamese people, etc., etc.
The Workers Party wholeheartedly supports the working class movement in every country just as it supports the national liberation struggles of the oppressed nations and peoples. One touchstone of our support is the Party’s irreconcilable struggle against our “own” capitalist government and it’s imperialist empire.
The fundamental program of the Workers Party is for socialism. Colonialism and militarism have very definite causes, arising from the capitalist-imperialist system which is based on the oppression of whole nations. By abolishing this system of exploitation and oppression, socialism eliminates the social relations which give rise to antagonisms and wars between countries and opens the way for that world of peace and friendship so ardently desired by the peoples everywhere. By carrying through the socialist transformation of our country, the U.S. working class will provide tremendous support to the peoples everywhere fighting against imperialism and for liberation.
Today, expansion is an inherent part of the zionist “vision.” Even before the establishment of the state of Israel, Hertzl and the other fathers of zionism were intent on controlling “Greater Palestine” – that is, Palestine and its neighboring lands, and the Israeli Knesset has declared its “biblical right” to control all the land of “Eretz Israel,” which is defined as stretching from the Nile River in Egypt to the Tigris and Euphrates in Syria.
So too, Israel and its sponsor – U.S. imperialism – have shown utter contempt for every international agreement on the question of Israel. For example, after the Israeli invasion and occupation of the West Bank and Gaza in 1967, UN resolution 242 demanded the immediate withdrawal of Israel. Repeated reaffirmations of this resolution have been ignored time and again by the U.S. government and Israel.
To cite another example: dozens of U.N. resolutions, international protocols, and agreements between the Palestinian Authority and Israel demand an end to Israeli settlements in the occupied territories and the dismantling of existing settlements. Israel continues its settlement program and the U.S. government officially claims that Israel has the “right” to annex settlements in the West Bank.
An end to Israeli expansionism will only come about when Israel ends its occupation of Lebanon and the Golan Heights, and when the Palestinian people win their sovereignty and national independence.