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Infinite War not “Infinite Peace”

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Bill Hunter (from the archives)

At the end of February 2002, the Taliban government collapsed after the terror bombing of Afghanistan created far more widespread destruction, and left far more casualties, hunger, misery and grief, than the New York bombing of September 11 2001.

As US planes pounded defenceless Afghan men, women and children, and laid their poor country to waste under the banner of a fight against terrorism, plans were being revealed to impose the same horror and devastation upon a third of the worlds’ countries.

A fearful world was told how that ‘crusade against terrorism’ was to be extended.

The US began establishing bases from which to bomb Iraq, where 12 years of sanctions have already taken the lives of over 1.5 million Iraqi civilians.

The Guardian headline, Friday March 8, 2002, read: “From Suez to the Pacific: US expands its presence across the Globe.”  The article stated that US soldiers, sailors and airmen “are now established in places where they never before had a presence. The aim is to provide platforms from which to launch attacks on any group perceived by George Bush to be a danger to the US.”

The Pentagon has discussed the possible use of nuclear weapons against China, Russia, Iraq, North Korea, Iran, Libya and Syria. The US is encircling China and Russia with its bases.

In November 2001 a report, issued by the academically respected Brookings Institute, was headed “Nasty, Brutish and Long: America’s War on Terrorism.” It was written by Ivo H. Daalder and James M Lindsay, both senior fellows of Foreign Policy Studies at Brookings. The report began declaring that the “post-Cold War era ended abruptly on September 11, 2001.”

Like the fight against Soviet communism, today’s campaign against terrorism is likely to be nasty, brutish and long. Because of the diverse nature of the threat, the United States has no clear vision of when or how the war will end Ö

There is a compulsive drive on the part of the rulers of the US to control the whole world and break down any obstruction to their imperialist plans.

We are heading at speed into more and escalating wars. Wars, that if not stopped by mass movements or revolutions will be horrendous. US military-capitalist rulers are already building their tactics on the use of nuclear weapons.

War is Imperialist Policy carried on by other means.

Throughout his writings in the First World War, Lenin repeated and explained the dictum of Clausewitz, the German military writer: “War is politics carried on by other means.” That must be the central guide for socialists and anti-capitalists in this war. In a speech, later published in a pamphlet titled War and Revolution, Lenin said: 

“It seems to me, that the most important thing that is usually overlooked in the question of the war, a key issue to which insufficient attention is paid and over which there is so much dispute – useless, hopeless, idle dispute – I should say is the question of the class character of the war: what caused that war, what classes are waging it, and what historical and historic-economic conditions gave rise to it.”

From the outset the International Socialist League stated that this is a war which continues the politics of the exploiters of the world who have worsened conditions in all the continents, but particularly in Asia, Africa and Latin America

This war has not come about as the result of a particular event, such as the bombing of New York. This war we are now living through has the characteristic of a war against the poor and oppressed peoples in the world; a war that carries on by other means the politics of modern globalised capital and its statesmen, led by the mighty power of US and is opposed by billions of people in the world.   

John Pilger wrote in one of his articles – The Real Story behind America’s War:

“By spreading “fear and respect”, as a Washington Post reporter put it, America intends to see off challenges to its uncertain ability to control and manage the “global economy”, the euphemism for the progressive seizure of markets and resources by the G8 rich nations.

This, not the hunt for a man in a cave in Afghanistan, is the aim behind US Vice-President Dick Cheney’s threats to “40 to 50 countries”. It has little to do with terrorism and much to do with maintaining the divisions that underpin “globalisation”.”

The great speed at which events have taken place following the suicide attacks on Washington and New York, testifies to the enormity of world tensions that lie below the surface in capitalist economic relations and relations between classes and states.

Capitalist overproduction has brought a ruthless competition for world markets, and national states and governments assist the powerful transnationals in their trade war. Military and diplomatic means are used to further and defend trade and profit. The US Government foreign military and diplomatic policy becomes more aggressive in defence of spheres of investment and profit – throughout the world, in the Far East, the Middle East, and Latin America

We live in the middle of undreamed of possibilities for the satisfaction of humanity’s needs and cultural demands today, with labour producing an enormous quantity of goods. The productive power of our society could never have been dreamed of by men and women in the previous centuries.

Yet, the last thirty years with the slowdown of the system, the economic crises every few years, the increasing degradation and misery of a large mass of the world’s population, have shown that Marxists were right in declaring that capitalism, in the 20th century was a system in decay.

This, not the hunt for a man in a cave in Afghanistan, is the aim behind US Vice-President Dick Cheney’s threats to “40 to 50 countries”. It has little to do with terrorism and much to do with maintaining the divisions that underpin “globalisation”.”

The great speed at which events have taken place following the suicide attacks on Washington and New York, testifies to the enormity of world tensions that lie below the surface in capitalist economic relations and relations between classes and states.

Capitalist overproduction has brought a ruthless competition for world markets, and national states and governments assist the powerful transnationals in their trade war. Military and diplomatic means are used to further and defend trade and profit. The US Government foreign military and diplomatic policy becomes more aggressive in defence of spheres of investment and profit – throughout the world, in the far East, the Middle East, and Latin America

We live in the middle of undreamed of possibilities for the satisfaction of humanity’s needs and cultural demands today, with labour producing an enormous quantity of goods. The productive power of our society could never have been dreamed of by men and women in the previous centuries.

Yet, the last thirty years with the slowdown of the system, the economic crises every few years, the increasing degradation and misery of a large mass of the world’s population, have shown that Marxists were right in declaring that capitalism, in the 20th century was a system in decay.

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