U.S. Imperialism, out of Latin America!

May 24, 2008

U.S. imperialism is increasing its militarization of Latin America and the Caribbean for the purpose of intensifying its stranglehold over the region.

On July 1, the U.S. Navy will redeploy its 4th Fleet to oversee submarines, aircraft, and ships operating in Central and South America and the Caribbean, as part of a reorganization of U.S. military command structure for the region. According to the chief of Naval Operation, Admiral Gary Roughead, "Reconsitituting the Fourth Fleet recognies the immense importance of maritime security in the southern part of the Western Hemisphere, and sends a strong signal to all the civil and military maritime services in Central and Latin America."

In addition, U.S. naval ships are currently engaged in a mission called "Partnership of the Americas," a six-month deployment in the Caribbean, Central and South America. which includes joint military exercises with multiple countries.

U.S. imperialism's contemporary and historic role in Latin America leaves no room for doubt about the grave danger it poses to the region. At this time the danger is especially pronounced, as U.S. imperialism—fighting to extend its empire under the signboard of a global "war on terrorism”—is determined to secure and fortify its strategic base.

For over a hundred years the U.S government and the U.S. monopoly capitalist class have considered Latin America their "backyard" and imposed colonialism and neocolonialism on the peoples.

A full summary of the crimes of U.S. imperialism against the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean would continue at extraordinary length, but to name a few: the 1985 invasion of Panama, the 1983 invasion of Grenada, the "contra-war" against Nicaragua, the counter-insurgency war in El Salvador. Today’s examples include: directing Colombia's brutal counter-insurgency war, threatening Venezuela, imposing a nearly 50 year old illegal blockade of Cuba and organizing repeated terrorist attacks against that country, the ongoing U.S./U.N. military occupation of Haiti, etc., etc., etc.

In recent years, heroic struggles of the peoples of the region have begun turning the tide in their own favor. In many countries, including Ecuador, Bolivia, Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and elsewhere, vast social movements are unfolding against U.S. imperialist domination and for social and economic emancipation. It is in this situation that U.S. imperialism, the sworn enemy of national liberation movements, is preparing new wars against the peoples.

As the popular movements against U.S. domination and interference grow and intensify, it is the duty of the U.S. working class and people to stand firmly with these growing liberation struggles of the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean and to oppose every aggressive step taken by the U.S. government against the peoples of the region.

U.S. Imperialism, out of Latin America, lock, stock, and barrel!