Step Up the Struggle Against Yankee Imperialism!
Reprinted from The Worker, newspaper of the Workers Party, USA, February 23, 2014
For many years now, a major front of the anti-war movement of the American people has been the movement in solidarity with the "Bolivarian Revolution" in Venezuela. The people are demanding an end to U.S. threats and pressure against Venezuela. As on every other front of struggle, the government and the entire official political apparatus of our country (including the Republican and Democratic parties) has simply spit in the face of the people, ignoring our demands and working to repress and marginalize the anti-war movement.
On February 21, the U.S. State Department released a statement signed by Secretary of State John Kerry which consisted of nothing but a half a page of innuendos all with one thing in common: the insinuation that the "Bolivarian Revolution" violates "basic human rights" combined with the refusal to recognize anything objective.
Kerry's "press statement" stopped short of articulating the plans or intended plans of the Obama administration because the capitalist politicians know full well that the aggression of the U.S. government is opposed by the peoples everywhere. Nevertheless the State Department's anti-Venezuelan demagogy underscores the grave dangers facing the peoples. U.S. imperialism is at war against the world and considers Venezuela just one battle. In the immediate term, the demagogy of the Democrats and Republicans encourages the media to indulge in rumors, to fan the flames of anti-Venezuelan feeling, and to puff up the two-bit anti-Venezuelan fascists.
Kerry's militarist and chauvinist demagogy originates from the fact that militarism and chauvinism are the official ideologies of the capitalist ruling class – a class whose very existence is bound up not only with the exploitation of the American people but also with the superexploitation and domination of countries and people the world over.
The fact is that even as U.S. imperialism becomes more isolated, it remains unrepentant and bellicose.
Today, not only in Venezuela, but all over the world, the peoples are coming out in struggle. The Cuban people are defending their national independence in the face of the U.S. imposed blockade. The movement of the Korean people for reunification and against U.S. occupation has reached a new stage. The Puerto Rican people struggle against U.S. militarism and colonialism. The Palestinian people, the Colombian people and others are pushing forward their liberation struggles. Broad movements have emerged against capitalist globalization and the program of neo-liberalism.
Through such struggles the peoples are averting and defeating the war plans of imperialism. Each of these struggles helps to weaken the common enemy. Each of these struggles helps broaden, both in the U.S. and on a world scale, the common front against war and imperialism. In the course of these struggles, we aim at overthrowing the capitalist-imperialist system altogether.
The decisive way to advance the anti-war movement is to help orient and organize it as a genuinely proactive movement.
One vital starting point is to carry on a continuous struggle against the chauvinism and demagoguery of the capitalist class. We cannot let U.S. imperialism – which has committed innumerable crimes against humanity – pass off any of its program in the name of "human rights," "democracy," "humanitarianism", etc. Rather, our constant task is to expose the real class interests – the interests of profit and empire – which drive the war program of the capitalist class. The struggle against American chauvinism includes unmasking the demagogy of imperialist pacifism and taking a principled stand in support of the liberation struggles of the oppressed peoples and in defense of the right of every people to determine their affairs for themselves.
Part of advancing the anti-war movement is linking together the manifold currents of struggles into one mighty torrent, into a broad popular front against war. To do this we must zero in on the real target – the monopoly capitalist class and its Republican and Democratic parties.
The Workers Party has put forward the immediate program for a democratic foreign policy in order to offer content and direction to such a broad popular front. The program for a democratic foreign policy demands:
– the immediate withdrawal of all U.S. troops stationed abroad.
– an end to all aggressive military pacts and alliances, such as NATO.
– an end to U.S. interference and aggression in all its forms.
– an end to the gargantuan military budget and the militarization of our country.
– recognition of the sovereign equality of every nation and the right of every people to determine their affairs for themselves.
We cannot afford to take a passive or fatalistic attitude. Yes, the imperialist system necessarily breeds war but particular wars can be averted or defeated through the struggles of the peoples. At the same time, our movement can aim at nothing less than eliminating the scourge of militarism and war, at creating that world of peace and friendship so ardently desired by the peoples everywhere. To do so, we must overthrow the capitalist-imperialist system altogether.
Do not let the imperialist warmakers have a free hand!
Peace and the liberation of the peoples is the sacred cause of humanity!