The "War on Terrorism" Arises from the Crisis of Imperialism
March 15, 2009
The following excerpts are from a recent book by Michael Thorburn, “Only the Peoples Can Stop the Wars!”
The U.S. government declared a so-called “war against international terrorism” which it said would “last for decades.” Already, the U.S. has invaded and occupied Afghanistan and Iraq and keeps escalating counter-insurgency wars in these countries.
As part of the “war on terrorism,” the U.S.-backed Israeli aggressors are stepping up their war against the Palestinian people. So too, the Bush administration is preparing wars against Syria and Iran; U.S. military “advisers” are directing counter-insurgency wars in Colombia and the Philippines; the U.S. is threatening war against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The Pentagon is spending unprecedented sums building up a vast arsenal of weapons of mass destruction. U.S. imperialism has officially adopted the doctrine of “preventive war” including even the use of nuclear first-strikes against nonnuclear countries and proclaimed that every country must accept U.S. dictates or “be treated as terrorist.”...
This war program is the product of the all-sided crisis of the capitalist-imperialist system.
Violence and war are at the very foundations of this system because capitalist-imperialism imposes social relations of domination, suppression and exploitation on whole nations and peoples.
The very social existence of the U.S. monopoly capitalist class — the big banks and multinational corporations which dominate economic life — is completely bound up with not only the exploitation of the U.S. working class but also with the super-exploitation and domination of countries the world over — 1/3 to 50% of the profits of the U.S.-based multinationals comes from overseas investments. Under this system, the mineral wealth, the land and other natural resources of whole countries and even continents is owned by the U.S. capitalists....
To police this system of economic domination and privilege — of dependence, colonialism and neo-colonialism — U.S. imperialism has established a network of 500 military bases in other countries. U.S. nuclear submarines and warships span the globe and U.S. weapons fill the skies and outer space. Hundreds of times, the U.S. has waged aggressive wars to “protect” and expand this empire.
For years, the U.S. imperialists have been shifting the burden of their economic crisis onto other countries. But every day this becomes harder.
It becomes harder because other imperialist powers keep gaining economic strength and contending with the U.S. for spheres of economic territory and influence, for profits and empire.
It becomes harder because everywhere the countries and peoples who toil under the yoke of imperialism are trying to take the path of independence and liberation....
The so-called “war on terrorism” is U.S. imperialism’s blueprint for global domination by force of arms.
U.S. imperialism wants and needs war in order to beat down its imperialist rivals and remain the number one exploiter and oppressor.
U.S. imperialism wants and needs war in order to stop the peoples' drive for independence, liberation and social progress.
U.S. imperialism wants and needs war for profit and empire.
This is the problem, the challenge that we must face up to.
It means that in the course of fighting against every aggressive step taken by U.S. imperialism and working to stay the hands of the warmakers, we must organize ourselves into a force capable of countering, of politically defeating, the organized force of monopoly capital — the organized parties of war and imperialism.