U.S. Launches Airstrikes on Lybia
Reprinted from The Worker, newspaper of the Workers Party, USA.
March 20, 2011
On March 19, the Obama administration launched airstrikes on Lybia.
As part of the further military preparations by the U.S. and its "coalition" allies, warplanes and ships have been sent to the region. The U.S. currently has at least 11 naval vessels in the Mediterranean. As The Worker goes to press, the U.S. is preparing to launch another round of airstrikes on "strategic locations" throughout Lybia.
For the people of Lybia, the result of this savage bombing has already meant death and destruction. Already dozens of civilians have been killed and nearly 200 wounded during the bombing raids.
President Obama and other White House officials promise that the missile attacks will continue until they are satisfied with the outcome of Lybia’s internal conflict.
This brazen act of gunboat diplomacy, this naked imperialist aggression, goes directly against world public opinion. The entire Arab world, including even the closest U.S. allies in the region, are denouncing the U.S. military attacks and refusing to join in the campaign to overthrow the Lybian government. Already the Arab League is condemning the offensive and the African Union has called for an immediate halt to the bombings. Governments and people throughout many western countries, also, have condemned U.S. imperialism's latest military aggression in the region.
The bombing of Lybia is one link in a chain of U.S. aggression and intervention across the world. Already, U.S. imperialism is waging a continuous war in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as counter-insurgency, "low-intensity" wars in Pakistan, Colombia, the Philippines and elsewhere. U.S. imperialism is marching down the road to war against Iran. U.S. imperialism is increasing tensions in Asia and in particular threatening North Korea. The new war in North Africa shows that the contradictions of the world imperialist system are intensifying and that new and even greater dangers are facing humanity.
The war can only be stopped and the dangers averted by the people asserting themselves. The entire history of this century shows that war is a product of the capitalist-imperialist system but that peace is the sacred cause of the peoples. The struggle of the peoples can stay the hands and defeat the aggression of the imperialist warmakers.
In the course of coming out to demand an immediate end to the war in Lybia, people must organize themselves as an independent force, in opposition to and struggle against the capitalist warmakers and the imperialist system. The peoples must organize themselves to bring into being that world so ardently desired – a world of peace, a world of friendship amongst the peoples based on recognizing the sovereign equality of every nation.
Stop the Bombing!
Stop the War Against Lybia!
Peace is the Sacred Cause of the Peoples!