We Must Face the Challenge of Further Organizing Ourselves
On March 18-19, mass protests against the U.S. war in Iraq will be held on the occasion of the 3rd anniversary of the U.S. invasion. Below we reprint the lead article which appeared in a March 13 Special Edition of "The Worker," newspaper of the Workers Party, USA.
The American people, in their millions and tens of millions, are demanding: "U.S. Troops, Out of Iraq, Now!"
All across the country this demand rings out. More and more frequently people are coming out in mass demonstrations. In communities, workplaces and schools people keep getting together to develop new anti-war initiatives. People keep broadening the struggle to oppose U. S. war and intervention in Afghanistan, Palestine, Haiti, Iran, Syria, Korea, Venezuela, and everywhere.
This new, nationwide anti-war movement is a great deed of the American people. Over the last 4 years, we have built this movement from scratch -- built it from the grassroots, built it in the face of the opposition, silence and repression of the government and the monopoly-owned media. We have won and are winning the battle of public opinion and are bringing our agenda for peace to the forefront.
Now we must face up to a second challenge. We must face up to the weaknesses of our movement and to the need to further politicize and organize ourselves.
Who cannot see that our struggle still remains sporadic and unorganized? Who cannot see that dozens of competing voices, including some that are counterproductive, pull the movement in different directions and split it? Who cannot see that large numbers of people are turned away from the struggle by its disunity and lack of direction?
We call upon everyone involved in the anti-war movement to take up serious discussion over: how to advance the struggle.
How do we overcome the fragmentation of our movement and build the political unity necessary to intensify our day-to-day activities and strengthen our mass actions? How do we build a proactive movement that can carry through and win a real peace? How can we overcome the alienation and disempowerment, so that the people take the direction of the movement into their own hands?
For our part, we think the solution to these problems is found on the path of anti-imperialist politics.
Anti-imperialist politics shows the cause of the war program in the economic and strategic interests of the monopoly capitalist class. It shows the necessity to direct the struggle against the parties of war -- the Republicans and Democrats.
Anti-imperialist politics links together the many currents of anti-war struggle into one common struggle against the common enemy -- U.S. imperialism.
Anti-imperialist politics creates a proactive movement which opposes U. S. militarism and war in all its forms and provides real solutions: the withdrawal of all U.S. troops stationed abroad, the end to U.S. participation in reactionary military alliances and an end to U.S. support for reactionary regimes, the end to U.S. intervention in all its forms, recognition of the sovereign equality of every country, and an end to the militarization of our country.
Anti-imperialist politics relies on the people -- on their own consciousness, organizations and struggle -- to win the peace.
Anti-imperialist politics empowers the people by continually reaching out to the broadest sections of people, especially those who find themselves excluded from contemporary politics, by bringing people the facts, helping to unfold political discussion on all the burning issues facing the movement.
Anti-imperialist politics is the means for maximizing the immediate struggle against the war in Iraq by bringing in the widest sections of peoples and relying on their determination and initiative. At the same time, anti-imperialist politics accumulates forces for fundamental solutions by always consolidating the consciousness and independent organizations of the people themselves.
In the course of uniting in action against the war, we call on everyone to join in a sincere discussion over how to advance the struggle.