The Blockade of Cuba is One Link in a Chain of U.S. Aggression and Intervention Across the World

August 7, 2015

Any bilateral treaty between the U.S. and Cuba would have to end the blockade of Cuba, end the U.S. occupation of Guantanamo Bay, and include provisions guaranteeing U.S. “respect for the Cuban sovereignty and the compensation to our people for human and economic damages.” This point was explained to the peoples of the two countries by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez during a press conference at the U.S. State Department on July 20th.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry allowed the Cuban Foreign Minister’s contention about the aim of potential negotiations between the two countries to pass without denial.

Nevertheless, Kerry’s silence cannot be accepted as a typical sign of mutual agreement. The Obama administration has not announced plans to enter into diplomatic negotiations with Cuba much less agreed to a binding agenda for talks. Furthermore, “normalization of relations” is a phrase that stands for two different and mutually exclusive things. For the U.S. government it stands for recolonization and for the Cuban government it stands for economic independence.

In short, the Obama administration is employing a commonplace tactic, also known as “imperialist diplomacy,” in an attempt to disguise the exploiting aims of U.S. imperialism under the banners of “freedom,” “democracy,” and “human rights” and to cover over the crimes of U.S. imperialism against the people of Cuba. These banners are really the banners of American chauvinism, slogans through which U.S. monopoly capital declares the “moral superiority” of the “American way of life” while trying to conceal its real economic and strategic aims.

The Workers Party, U.S.A., wholeheartedly supports the struggle of the Cuban people in defense of their economic and political independence. We also welcome any measure of relief from the blockade that the Cuban people are able to secure in their heroic and principled struggles against the U.S. aggressors. So too, our experience is that there is nearly universal support among the American people for the program for a Democratic Foreign Policy which includes the demand, “End the Blockade of Cuba!” In order to advance our struggle we must direct it against the monopoly capitalist class and imperialist system. While U.S. imperialism will remain warlike as long as it has a single tooth left in its head, it is also true that by mobilizing the people in mass struggle independent of and in opposition to the Democratic and Republican parties on the basis of our own program of action, individual wars can be averted.

Imperialism is a system in which the economic power of the big monopolies is merged directly with the political power of the state. The very social existence of the U.S. monopoly capitalist class is dependent not only on the exploitation of the American working class but also on the super-exploitation and domination of other countries.

Hundreds and hundreds of times, the U.S. monopoly capitalist class has launched wars and interventions precisely to grab the mineral wealth of other countries, to dominate “strategic” regions, to exploit the peoples. The present-day system of capitalist-imperialism is founded and rests on violence and war.

The imperialist warmakers themselves spend a vast amount of time and money trying to cover over the real, exploiting aims of their foreign policy and trying to cover over the source of war in the imperialist system. They advertise their wars as the “defense of democracy and human rights.” And when their real aims are exposed and the movements of the peoples threaten their plans, the warmakers talk about their desire for “peace” and “negotiations” in order to pursue the same aggressive, imperialist goals.

In fact, such illusions continually penetrate inside the anti-war movement, causing massive damage to our struggles. A politics is presented which claims that war is not the inevitable result of the imperialist system but only a bad policy pursued by a few “hawks” and that the people can oppose this policy by rallying around the “doves” in the government. This politics undermines the independence of the anti-war movement and ties it to the apron-strings of the imperialist warmakers themselves. Inevitably, when the real interests of the U.S. monopoly capitalists are at stake – as in the Gulf war, the war in Yugoslavia, etc., etc., – the “doves” lose their disguises and turn into hawks.

Recognizing the cause of war in the capitalist-imperialist system, at once, also means recognizing that it is the working class and people who are the force against war. It is only by developing the consciousness, organization and political independence of the people themselves, only by organizing ourselves in opposition to and struggle against the capitalist class that we can advance the movement against war and militarism.

The Program For A 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 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.