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Subject: BHA: Stop the rush to war
Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2001 15:46:50 +0100


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The following statement by the Movement for a Socialist Future can also be read on our website -AT- www.socialistfuture.org.uk\msf\commentaries\Stop the rush to war.htm

 
Stop the rush to war
Statement by the Movement for a Socialist Future
The devastating terror attacks on New York and Washington have revealed a vulnerability at the heart of the American political and economic system. They have dramatic consequences for the future course of world history.

A handful of people, representing in their own desperate way the countless victims of decades of US policies, temporarily destabilised the US state, including the presidency.

Behind the threat of massive military punishment against those who organised the hijackings are a number of stark truths, which no amount of rhetoric about "good" and "evil" can disguise.

We have entered a period of global economic slump, which will destroy jobs, savings and pensions; the planet's environment is on the edge of a catastrophe; "democratic" rule has given way to the domination by uncontrolled and unaccountable corporations; traditional political processes and parties are discredited; the world's poor are getting poorer and peoples like the Palestinians have their hopes crushed.

Bush and Blair stand powerless and paralysed in the face of these realities. Instead, using the tragic loss of life in the US as a cynical pretext, they reach for their guns. We now, therefore, enter a period of history when the major powers will resort to feudal-style holy wars to reimpose their shattered authority.

The attacks have provided the United States and NATO the pretext for launching what George. W. Bush says is "the first war of the 21st century". Its victims will include tens of thousands of poor people around the world.

Meanwhile, anyone anywhere who chooses to differ with what Bush and Blair describe as "civilisation" and "democracy" - by which they mean the unbridled rule of global capitalism - is a target for increasingly authoritarian governments.

What is emerging, therefore, is a global struggle for power between the corporations and their stooge governments - and the majority of the world's population.

The hijackers' targets were the nerve centres of a global system which stands for the wealth and power of a few and the impoverishment and oppression of the many. From a seemingly impregnable fortress, suddenly, in the words of one commentator, "the appearance was of total war, and of the world's mightiest empire in ruins".

And indeed, for all its vast military and technological resources, there was nothing the US state could do for several hours but to watch in horror while people ran from government and business centres and the president was shuttled around in the sky.

Bush was already a discredited president who seized power in an electoral coup on behalf of business corporations and military interests. Since then the US economy has slid into crisis while the military's plans for a missile defence system are, in the wake of the plane attacks, clearly a total fantasy. We totally oppose individual terrorism. It is the desperate and indiscriminate reaction of frustrated people to social and political injustice. But it never distinguishes between the perpetrators of their suffering and workers of that country.

In fact, the killing of thousands of innocent ordinary, working people in the USA plays into the hands of the Bush government and drives a wedge between people of different countries and religions. Already, the Israeli state is using the attacks as a pretext to kill and maim more Palestinians - using US weaponry and funds of course.

Terrorism may temporarily destabilise governments - but it never undermines them, or creates the conditions for their overthrow. Only mass action by working people with a perspective of a new society can do that.

The media are virtually unanimous in pointing the finger at Saudi guerrilla leader Osama Bin Laden. Bin Laden was originally a Western protégé in the US-backed forces opposing Soviet troops in Afghanistan. Now he spends his time in training camps in Sudan and Afghanistan denouncing US imperialism and its attacks on the Palestinians as part of a religious war to defend Islam.

But Muslims in general and Bin Laden in particular are convenient scapegoats in the desperate search for the "enemy". Killing someone like Bin Laden will only encourage more attacks from the "many-headed hydra" of fighters determined to oppose US imperialism.

Blair's Biblical pronouncement that the attack was "by the forces of evil against democracy" which "ignored the sanctity of human life" is particularly obnoxious. This is the man who authorised the bombing of civilians in Yugoslavia and the use of depleted uranium in weapons.

The "democratic" governments of America are responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children through sanctions and bombing in recent years and the slaughter of millions of Vietnamese in the 1960s and 1970s. Bush supports and supplies the Israeli military machine, responsible for thousands of deaths in Palestine and Lebanon.

Now the media help to create a war-like fervour by repeating the horrific images from the United States. Blair and his government are exploiting the tragic events to turn them into an undeclared state of emergency. They want to make people believe ludicrously that the whole of civilisation is under threat from Islamic terrorists.

Normal life is suspended, although, of course, not in the City, where the stock exchange and financial markets hum away. The TUC bureaucrats rush to abandon their annual Congress, where they were due to pass motions against New Labour's privatisation policies. National mourning is imposed and flags fly at half-mast.

The events of September 11 are a dire warning. Imperialism wants to plunge us into a "holy war" to ensure its survival. A catastrophe threatens the world unless we break the grip of the profit system and the global corporations.

We totally denounce and oppose this drive to war and retribution by Bush and Blair. Instead, we are for a unity between the peoples of the developed and developing nations. The basis for this is our common interests and common enemy.

The Movement for a Socialist Future is for a planet based on co-operation and collaboration not profit and ruthless competition. We reject the existing political structures as undemocratic and unrepresentative and campaign for the exercise of direct power and control at local, regional and national level.

We are for the democratisation of the ownership and control of the major corporations which exploit the world's resources and working population.

The declaration of war by Bush is not a sign of strength but of a desperate reaction to mounting problems faced by the system. We have to stop the madmen at the White House and NATO from unleashing global devastation and terror.

To achieve this we have to take from them their military, political and economic power through the planned actions of a mass, social movement. This is our antidote to the war hysteria which threatens us all.





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Movement for a Socialist Future

visit our website -AT- www.socialistfuture.org.uk

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The following statement by the Movement for a Socialist Future can also be read on our website -AT- www.socialistfuture.org.uk\msf\commentaries\Stop the rush to war.htm
 
 

Stop the rush to war

Statement by the Movement for a Socialist Future

The devastating terror attacks on New York and Washington have revealed a vulnerability at the heart of the American political and economic system. They have dramatic consequences for the future course of world history.

A handful of people, representing in their own desperate way the countless victims of decades of US policies, temporarily destabilised the US state, including the presidency.

Behind the threat of massive military punishment against those who organised the hijackings are a number of stark truths, which no amount of rhetoric about "good" and "evil" can disguise.

We have entered a period of global economic slump, which will destroy jobs, savings and pensions; the planet's environment is on the edge of a catastrophe; "democratic" rule has given way to the domination by uncontrolled and unaccountable corporations; traditional political processes and parties are discredited; the world's poor are getting poorer and peoples like the Palestinians have their hopes crushed.

Bush and Blair stand powerless and paralysed in the face of these realities. Instead, using the tragic loss of life in the US as a cynical pretext, they reach for their guns. We now, therefore, enter a period of history when the major powers will resort to feudal-style holy wars to reimpose their shattered authority.

The attacks have provided the United States and NATO the pretext for launching what George. W. Bush says is "the first war of the 21st century". Its victims will include tens of thousands of poor people around the world.

Meanwhile, anyone anywhere who chooses to differ with what Bush and Blair describe as "civilisation" and "democracy" - by which they mean the unbridled rule of global capitalism - is a target for increasingly authoritarian governments.

What is emerging, therefore, is a global struggle for power between the corporations and their stooge governments - and the majority of the world's population.

The hijackers' targets were the nerve centres of a global system which stands for the wealth and power of a few and the impoverishment and oppression of the many. From a seemingly impregnable fortress, suddenly, in the words of one commentator, “the appearance was of total war, and of the world’s mightiest empire in ruins”.

And indeed, for all its vast military and technological resources, there was nothing the US state could do for several hours but to watch in horror while people ran from government and business centres and the president was shuttled around in the sky.

Bush was already a discredited president who seized power in an electoral coup on behalf of business corporations and military interests. Since then the US economy has slid into crisis while the military's plans for a missile defence system are, in the wake of the plane attacks, clearly a total fantasy. We totally oppose individual terrorism. It is the desperate and indiscriminate reaction of frustrated people to social and political injustice. But it never distinguishes between the perpetrators of their suffering and workers of that country.

In fact, the killing of thousands of innocent ordinary, working people in the USA plays into the hands of the Bush government and drives a wedge between people of different countries and religions. Already, the Israeli state is using the attacks as a pretext to kill and maim more Palestinians - using US weaponry and funds of course.

Terrorism may temporarily destabilise governments - but it never undermines them, or creates the conditions for their overthrow. Only mass action by working people with a perspective of a new society can do that.

The media are virtually unanimous in pointing the finger at Saudi guerrilla leader Osama Bin Laden. Bin Laden was originally a Western protégé in the US-backed forces opposing Soviet troops in Afghanistan. Now he spends his time in training camps in Sudan and Afghanistan denouncing US imperialism and its attacks on the Palestinians as part of a religious war to defend Islam.

But Muslims in general and Bin Laden in particular are convenient scapegoats in the desperate search for the “enemy”. Killing someone like Bin Laden will only encourage more attacks from the “many-headed hydra” of fighters determined to oppose US imperialism.

Blair’s Biblical pronouncement that the attack was “by the forces of evil against democracy” which “ignored the sanctity of human life” is particularly obnoxious. This is the man who authorised the bombing of civilians in Yugoslavia and the use of depleted uranium in weapons.

The “democratic" governments of America are responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children through sanctions and bombing in recent years and the slaughter of millions of Vietnamese in the 1960s and 1970s. Bush supports and supplies the Israeli military machine, responsible for thousands of deaths in Palestine and Lebanon.

Now the media help to create a war-like fervour by repeating the horrific images from the United States. Blair and his government are exploiting the tragic events to turn them into an undeclared state of emergency. They want to make people believe ludicrously that the whole of civilisation is under threat from Islamic terrorists.

Normal life is suspended, although, of course, not in the City, where the stock exchange and financial markets hum away. The TUC bureaucrats rush to abandon their annual Congress, where they were due to pass motions against New Labour's privatisation policies. National mourning is imposed and flags fly at half-mast.

The events of September 11 are a dire warning. Imperialism wants to plunge us into a "holy war" to ensure its survival. A catastrophe threatens the world unless we break the grip of the profit system and the global corporations.

We totally denounce and oppose this drive to war and retribution by Bush and Blair. Instead, we are for a unity between the peoples of the developed and developing nations. The basis for this is our common interests and common enemy.

The Movement for a Socialist Future is for a planet based on co-operation and collaboration not profit and ruthless competition. We reject the existing political structures as undemocratic and unrepresentative and campaign for the exercise of direct power and control at local, regional and national level.

We are for the democratisation of the ownership and control of the major corporations which exploit the world's resources and working population.

The declaration of war by Bush is not a sign of strength but of a desperate reaction to mounting problems faced by the system. We have to stop the madmen at the White House and NATO from unleashing global devastation and terror.

To achieve this we have to take from them their military, political and economic power through the planned actions of a mass, social movement. This is our antidote to the war hysteria which threatens us all.

 
 
 

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