The American People Demand Peace!

February 12, 2013

According to a new doctrine laid out in a U.S. Department of Justice White Paper "an informed high level official of the U.S. government" could order assassination if he or she decides to believe the target is "a leader of al-Qaida." The doctrine is an open declaration that the Obama administration will violate the sovereignty of any country in order to use lethal force for any reason against anyone anywhere outside of U.S. territory.

U.S. imperialism is an outlaw state, an international gangster which openly follows the logic that "Might Makes Right."

So too, the doctrine is but a retroactive explanation of the "license to kill" which Obama has already issued to his henchmen. Thousands of people – including hundreds of children – have already been murdered by U.S. drone operators since Obama took office in 2009. On February 7 the doctrine was officially released to Congressional Oversight Committees "for their information." The words of Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D) were, "I am pleased that the president has agreed to provide the Intelligence Committee with access to the OLC (Office of Legal Counsel) opinion regarding the use of lethal force in counterterrorism operations." This grotesque spectacle is nothing but a scheme to let the government and the entire official political apparatus of our country off the hook.

All those responsible for the U.S. drone murders must be held accountable and pay for their crimes! This includes both the individual soldiers involved as well as Barack Obama, Leon Panetta and the entire high command of U.S. imperialism.

Yet more, targeted assassinations are only one of the disastrous consequences of the U.S. government's "war against terrorism." Already U.S. imperialism is at war against the whole world, against humanity. Already the U.S. is occupying Iraq and Afghanistan, extending the war into Pakistan, sending troops to Colombia and the Philippines to fight counter-insurgency wars, and supporting Israel's aggressive war against Palestine. Already the U.S. has set up dozens of military bases in an arc of aggression stretching from Eastern Europe to Central Asia, the Middle East and the Horn of Africa. There are signs of increasing inter-imperialist rivalry and already France has launched a war of aggression against Mali.

The "war against terrorism" is an aggressive, imperialist war inspired by the exploiting colonial aims of the U.S. monopoly capitalist class. This aggression is the inevitable product of the all-sided crisis and decay of the capitalist-imperialist system.

Capitalist-imperialism is a system under which a handful of monopoly groups and capitalist states have seized control of the economy of the whole world, subjugating billions of people in the colonial and dependent countries. Imperialism means the systematic robbery of the resources of these countries and the super-exploitation of the people by U.S. and other monopoly capitalists. Imperialism is a system which tramples underfoot the economic and political sovereignty of countries.

The U.S. monopoly capitalist class – a class which seeks to maximize its profits not only through the exploitation of the American working class but also through the superexploitation and enslavement of peoples the world over – needs war.

It needs war to redraw the map of the world to gain new markets, sources of raw materials, spheres of economic dominance, etc.

It needs war to reimpose the colonial system and direct U.S. military rule on other countries.

It needs war to bring the weaker capitalist states and its imperialist rivals further under its thumb.

It needs war to further militarize the U.S. and put the whole of our country's economy at its disposal.

Only the peoples can stop the war program of imperialism.

Already, across the globe tens of millions of people are coming forward to say "No!" to the war program of U.S. imperialism. Everyday we must extend and deepen this movement in order to undermine the plans of the warmakers.

In the course of this urgent struggle, we must organize the independent political movement of the people. Such a movement must be directed against the parties of war and imperialism and aim to bring to power a new government, a people's government.

Then we can put a stop to imperialism's "war without end" by carrying through a fundamental change in U.S. foreign policy – by withdrawing all U.S. troops stationed abroad and recognizing the sovereign equality of every country.