The "War Against Terrorism" is a Program for World Domination

Reprinted from The Worker, newspaper of the Workers Party, USA.

April 16, 2009

In a March 27 speech announcing his administration's strategy for the wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan Obama declared, “let me be clear: al Qaeda and its allies – the terrorists who planned and supported the 9/11 attacks – are in Pakistan and Afghanistan.” The shameless use of the tragedy of September 11, 2001 as a pretext for escalating and spreading the wars shows that U.S. imperialism wants and needs this war.

The brutal conduct of the war on Afghanistan sharply reveals the barbaric aims of the war. Today, U.S. and NATO occupation forces in Afghanistan continue to carry out the savage bombardment of civilians. Tens of thousands of Afghan civilians have lost their lives. A long list of war crimes committed by the U.S. government during its war and occupation of Afghanistan has been documented, including the mass murder of POWs captured by U.S. forces.

The U.S. government's barbaric methods are matched by its Hitlerite logic. U.S. imperialism regularly refers to civilians killed as “collateral damage,” and has even tried to justify its bombing of civilian populations in Afghanistan and Pakistan by blaming the Taliban for “hiding among civilians.”

85,000 U.S. and NATO troops – with 17,000 more on the way – are occupying the country, attempting to make the law and liquidate the growing opposition while using Afghanistan to extend the so-called “war against al Qaeda” into Pakistan. This colonization and expansion is justified by the racist logic which claims that the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan are “backward” and “uncivilized” and need the West to “mentor” them in “nation-building.”

Strategic Bases

The U.S. is using the war in Afghanistan to secure and extend its network of military bases and alliances. Since launching the war in Afghanistan, the U.S. has set up military bases throughout the region and still maintains many of the new bases, including in Pakistan and Iraq. The U.S. has also greatly strengthened its naval presence in the waters of the region.

These military forces are another dagger in the midst of the peoples of the region.

The U.S. is trying to subjugate Afghanistan and expand the war in order to strengthen the strategic hegemony of U.S. imperialism in this vital region. Central Asia and the Middle East are key zones of rivalry amongst the various imperialist powers and the new U.S. bases and expanding military presence put it within close striking range of Russia and China. Strengthened U.S. strategic hegemony has already been used to launch the war on Iraq and the U.S. continues to threaten Iran.

U.S. imperialism is using the threat of “international terrorists,” and “outlaws,” etc. to force the Gulf states to continue allowing U.S. military forces in their countries. Just like it has done so many times before, the U.S. is following the tactic of fomenting tensions and “keeping the pot boiling” in order to project its military power and impose its dictates.

Extending the War

Secretary of Defense Gates declares that the Obama administration will “go after Al-Qaeda wherever Al-Qaeda is.” Administration officials are also emphasizing watchwords such as “drug-dealers” and “outlaws” in order to further demonize the enemies of U.S. imperialism and pave the way for more wars. All of these watchwords are being used to demand that countries and peoples give in to U.S. dictate or “face the consequences.”

Obama insists, for example, not only that the Pakistani government step up the war within its borders against “enemies of Afghanistan and Pakistan” in order to prove “its commitment,” but that it must “enhance intelligence sharing and military cooperation along the border, while addressing issues of common concern like trade, energy, and economic development.”

The Obama administration is already targeting countries with “weak central governments.” Thus, in addition to Pakistan, countries such as Somalia are being labeled and targeted as “safe-havens for terrorists.” Other states, such as North Korea and Iran, which have long been on the hit list of imperialism are also being targeted.

In addition, the U.S. is using the “fight against terror” to dispatch its troops and fight counter-insurgency wars against the liberation movements of the peoples who are fighting against colonialism, against fascism and capitalism – in the Philippines, in Palestine, in Colombia and throughout the world.

In short, using the logic of “Might Makes Right,” U.S. imperialism is giving itself the right to trample on the sovereignty of countries and to make war in order to grab new territories and create new colonies.

The extension of the “war against terrorism” must alert the peoples to the new disasters which imperialism is preparing against humankind. The contradictions of the world capitalist system have reached the bursting point and the imperialist powers are frantically trying to shift the burden onto others, to grab economic territory and spheres of influence, to redraw the map of the world. Under the doctrine of “Might Makes Right,” U.S. imperialism is militarizing every situation, tearing down the entire edifice of international law and the established norms of relations between states. It is leading the world into a permanent state of war, wars fought for the empire and profits of the capitalist class.

The only way to stop the wars and prevent new wars and disasters is for the people to take the question of war and peace into their own hands. We must assert our cause – the cause of peace – and come out as an independent political force in opposition to the capitalist warmakers.