Declaration Against the Imperialist Wars and Interventions
On the Occasion of the 11th Anniversary of the Occupation of Afghanistan:
Declaration Against the Imperialist Wars & Interventions Adopted by Socialist Organizer 12th National Convention
(October 6-7, 2012)
On the eve of the U.S. presidential election, the 12th National Convention of Socialist Organizer -- held on October 6-7, 2012, the 11th anniversary of the launching of the U.S. war and occupation of Afghanistan -- warns the working class and all oppressed peoples the world over, especially in the United States, of the great risk of an acceleration of the U.S. war drive on all continents in the aftermath of the upcoming election.
During the election campaign, both major candidates, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, affirmed that under their watch the United States would not rule out direct intervention in Syria and U.S. aerial bombing of Iran. In fact, The New York Times reported on Oct. 5 that both candidates had pledged to Israeli President Netanyahu that U.S. bombing of Iranian nuclear power facilities could begin as early as June 2013.
These warmongering declarations come at a time when the U.S. and NATO occupation of Afghanistan -- the longest war in U.S. history -- enters its twelfth year this October. Both the Democrats and Republicans continue to claim that the occupation is needed and justified to ensure "democracy" and "stability" -- but the facts demonstrate the contrary. Far from bringing peace or progress, the occupation has trampled on the Afghan people's right to self-determination, resulting in hundreds of thousands of deaths, millions of displaced people, and the dislocation of the nation.
The war in Afghanistan is simultaneously a war against working people in the United States. More than 2,700 U.S./NATO troops have died. The U.S. government has funneled trillions of dollars into the U.S. war against Afghanistan alone, while our schools and public services get nothing but cuts, cuts, and more cuts Š and basic democratic rights continue to be dismantled.
But the war is not limited to Afghanistan.
- The U.S. war and occupation of Iraq -- which continues in the form of U.S. mercenaries, advisers and military personnel to train the Iraqi security forces -- has resulted in more than 1 million Iraqi deaths and as many as 2 million displaced people, at a cost of more than $2 trillion.
- There have been increased attacks, particularly with Drone bombings, of Pakistan.
- There was the U.S.-NATO bombing and massive destruction of Libya.
- There have been heinous sanctions imposed on the people of Iran -- another form of war on the working people and the poor in Iran.
- There's been an intensification of the war against the Palestinian people, particularly in Gaza and the West Bank, in an ongoing effort to shore up the apartheid state of Israel -- with new threats to dislocate Lebanon and trample upon its sovereignty.
- There's been an eight-war U.S. occupation of Haiti in the guise of UN-MINUSTAH "peacekeeping."
- There's been a stepped-up intervention and occupation of entire regions of Mexico by U.S. military forces in the name of the "war on drugs."
- And there are now threats of heightened intervention in Mali and other regions of Africa through Afrikom forces, not to mention the increasing threats against Syria and Iran.
And the list goes on.
All these U.S. interventions, occupations and wars are a fundamental feature of U.S. imperialist policy today. It is U.S. imperialism's response to the massive uprising of workers and peoples around the world seeking to preserve their sovereignty and basic rights. In the recent period it is the imperialist response to the revolutionary uprising of the Tunisian workers and youth more than one year ago that has spread throughout Northern Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and other continents.
The 12th National Convention of Socialist Organizer, U.S. section of the Fourth International, denounces the lies and hypocrisy of the U.S. government, which is cloaking these wars and occupations in the guise of the fight for "democracy," "peace," "stabilization," and other such lofty principles.
How dare the U.S. government pretend to promote democracy, when three of its main allies in the Middle East are Saudi Arabia. Bahrain and Qatar -- three countries that every day violate the most elementary democratic rights of their people, especially workers' and women's rights.
No: Their concern is not -- and never has been -- democracy, peace, self-determination, stability or justice.
What's involved with every one of these U.S. interventions, occupations and war is the protection of the interests of the U.S. transnational corporations. What's involved is policies aimed at dislocating all nations, as these are frameworks within which working people and the oppressed have been able to wrest, in different degrees, some forms of control over their natural resources, wealth and rights that have restricted the unbridled exploitation and oppression by U.S. imperialism and its surrogates.
The intensified U.S. war drive, we must be clear, is part and parcel of the effort to lower labor costs the world over in the interests of the U.S. transnational corporations.
Meeting at our 12th National Convention in the "belly of the beast," we affirm that the people of the United States -- particularly the U.S. labor movement -- have a central responsibility to expose and reject all the lies, all this shameless hypocrisy, aimed at justifying these wars.
The U.S. workers' movement cannot help advance the fight for the emancipation of the working class, youth and oppressed nationalities here in the United States unless it rejects all the lies and justifications bandied about to promote war against workers and the peoples the world over.
This, in fact, was the message that brought by the U.S. delegation of labor, antiwar and Black activists to the International Emergency Conference Against War and Occupations, In Defense of National Sovereignty, held in Algiers in November 2011 at the initiative of the Workers Party of Algeria and the General Union of Algerian Workers (UGTA).
This is the message that Socialist Organizer will seek to promote widely, in conjunction with all the other sectors of the Fourth International, as we know that the fight against imperialist war is the elementary duty of the Fourth International.
It is with the understanding, and at the very same time that we expose and denounce the U.S. wars and occupations on all continents, that we will seek to build the broadest antiwar movement in this country based on our proud "Out Now!' tradition. It was this united-front orientation that played such a vital role in staying the hand of U.S. imperialism in Vietnam.
We know that by building a massive movement within the U.S. and abroad, among the youth, working people and their organizations, and all the oppressed, to say no to wars and occupation and yes to funding human needs, we can beat back the military machine and move toward a world of peace, equality, and solidarity.
We pledge to make every effort to build a revitalized, united and independent anti-war movement here in the United States -- a movement that reaches out to and involves the trade unions, especially those that have joined US Labor Against the War -- to take to the streets to call to demand:
- Bring all U.S. troops home now from Afghanistan and the Middle East!
- End the U.S. sanctions against Iran!
- Stop the war threats against Syria and Iran!
- Money for jobs, education and social services, not war!