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DEFEND NORTH KOREA! North Korean Military Statements Describe Unprovoked Artillery Attack Launched from South Korea

We publish below a selection of recent news dispatches from the Korean Central News Agency, the official news agency of North Korea regarding the attack on North Korea launched by the US military and their South Korean puppets yesterday (20 August 2015).

The US capitalist class still seeks revenge for their humiliation at the hands of the North Korean working class in the Korean War.  The Independent Workers Party of Chicago – nucleus of a future revolutionary Trotskyist workers party in the US – calls for workers all over the world to defend the North Korean workers state whenever it is attacked by the forces of world capitalism, especially the United States Government.

The US capitalist class has continually provoked the North Koreans since the signing of the Armistice which established the partitioning of the Korean peninsula into North and South Korea.  Several times a year the US and their puppet regime in Seoul launch provocative and dangerous “war games” aimed at forcing the North Koreans into launching a military attack that would then provide the US with the pretext for a massive invasion of the North.  This month the US and South Korea are engaged in a series of provocations named “Ulchi (or Ulji) Freedom Guardian”.  The US Pacific Command described the annual war games in the following press release:

Combined Forces Command to Begin Ulchi Freedom Guardian 2015

By Staff Report | August 17, 2015

YONGSAN GARRISON, SEOUL, South Korea — The Republic of Korea – United States Combined Forces Command will conduct the annual exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian 2015 Aug. 17 to Aug. 28.

UFG is a routine and defense-oriented exercise designed to enhance CFC readiness, protect the region and maintain stability on the Korean peninsula. UFG is planned months in advance and it is not connected to any current world events. U.S. forces will join ROK military forces representing all services, and ROK government participants.

There are seven United Nations Command Sending States scheduled to participate in UFG 2015, including Australia, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, France, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. In addition, the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission will monitor the exercise to ensure it is in compliance with the Armistice Agreement.

Through its Panmunjom mission, the United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission has informed the North Korean People’s Army of the exercise dates and the non-provocative nature of this routine training.
Routine training exercises are carried out in the spirit of the Oct. 1, 1953, ROK-U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty and in accordance with the Armistice. These exercises also highlight the longstanding partnership, commitment and enduring friendship between the U.S. and ROK, and help to ensure stability and security on the peninsula.

[SOURCE: http://www.pacom.mil/Media/News/tabid/5693/Article/613802/combined-forces-command-to-begin-ulchi-freedom-guardian-2015.aspx%5D

That sounds quite harmless, doesn’t it?  Really, what other country besides the “crazy” North Korea would be upset by the combined air, sea and ground forces of the USA and seven other NATO countries staging a “war game” RIGHT ON ITS BORDERS?  If the Russians and Chinese were to do that in international waters 200 miles off the coast of California, the US would be fine with that, right?

Here is the North Korean version of the cross-border shelling that took place during these “harmless” war games on 20 August:

[SOURCE: http://kcna.kp/kcna.user.article.retrieveNewsViewInfoList.kcmsf  Note: the KCNA website does not provide links for each article.  You have to click on the link on the main home page of KCNA to get to the articles. – IWPCHI]

KPA Supreme Command Warns S. Korean Military to Act with Discretion

Pyongyang, August 20 (KCNA) — The Supreme Command of the Korean People’s Army issued the following urgent report on Thursday:
War maniacs of the south Korean puppet military made another grave provocation to the DPRK in the central western sector of the front on Thursday afternoon.
They perpetrated such reckless action as firing 36 shells at KPA civil police posts under the absurd pretext that the KPA fired one shell at the south side. Six shells of them hit the area near KPA civil police posts 542 and 543 and other 15 shells fell near KPA civil police posts 250 and 251.
There was no victim of the shelling provocation.
However, this reckless shelling on the DPRK’s military posts, its inviolable territory is a serious military provocation that can never be pardoned.
Gravity of the situation is that the south Korean puppet military didn’t hesitate to make such provocation though it has not yet confirmed where a shell allegedly fired by the KPA came from and where it fell in its side, unaware of whether it was an AA gun shell or a bullet or a rocket or not.
Shortly ago, the puppet war maniacs resumed the broadcasting for psychological warfare in all sectors of the front under the pretext of a doubtful mine explosion case. Today they fired shells en masse toward the territory of the DPRK without scientific grounds. All of them are prompted by insanity of the south Korean military war maniacs for provocation.
In view of the prevailing crucial situation, an emergency enlarged meeting of the Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party of Korea will be convened at Thursday night.
We are now sharply following the south Korean puppet Defense Ministry’s attitude toward the ultimatum of the KPA General Staff which declared that a strong military action would be launched unless they stop the broadcasting for anti-DPRK psychological warfare and dismantle all means of psychological warfare within 48 hours.
Foolhardy provocation deserves harsh punishment.
The south Korean military war maniacs should behave with discretion, well aware of the retaliatory spirit running high among the angry servicepersons of the KPA frontline combined units.

[End of statement]

The North Koreans quite responsibly and wisely take such provocations very seriously.  They have no intention of losing another 3 million Koreans to another “police action” launched by the US capitalist class.  In the current war games, the US/South Korean forces have dropped propaganda leaflets on North Korean territory, and have begun propaganda broadcasts to the north.  This, too is an act of war, not a mere “defense-oriented exercise” as the Pentagon would have us believe.

http://kcna.kp/kcna.user.special.getArticlePage.kcmsf

Kim Jong Un Guides Emergency Enlarged Meeting of WPK Central Military Commission

Pyongyang, August 21 (KCNA) — The situation of the country is now inching close to the brink of a war due to the continued anti-DPRK political and military provocations by the U.S. imperialists and the south Korean puppet forces.

The broadcasting for anti-DPRK psychological warfare, resumed by the south Korean puppet military gangsters in all sectors of the front under the pretext of doubtful “mine explosion” case which occurred in the demilitarized zone of the western sector of the front on August 4, is still going on day and night. And the leaflet-scattering operation against the DPRK, kicked off with mobilization of die-hard reactionary organizations, has gone beyond a tolerance limit.

Psychological warfare against the DPRK is, in essence, an open act of war against it.

In this regard, the General Staff of the Korean People’s Army on August 20 sent an ultimatum to the south Korean puppet Ministry of Defense that a strong military action would be launched at once unless it stops the anti-DPRK broadcasting for psychological warfare and removes all psywar means within 48 hours.

Nevertheless, the south Korean puppet military gangsters getting frantic in provoking the DPRK again invented a case of “shell fired by the north” in the afternoon of August 20, Juche 104 (2015) and, under that pretext, fired dozens of shells on the DPRK’s inviolable territory, a reckless military action.

Such reckless political and military provocations on the part of the south Korean puppet military gangsters are driving the country to a war crisis.

Under the prevailing grave situation, an emergency enlarged meeting of the Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) was convened at night of August 20.

The meeting was presided by Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the WPK, chairman of the WPK Central Military Commission, first chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission and supreme commander of the KPA.

Present there were members of the WPK Central Military Commission, operations commanding officers of the KPA General Staff, commanders of the KPA frontline large combined units, senior officials of the state security and people’s security organs, leading officials of the WPK Central Committee and officials in charge of external affairs.

The meeting heard a report of the General Reconnaissance Bureau of the General Staff of the KPA on how the enemies committed the military provocation in the central western sectors of the front in the afternoon of Thursday, its truth and their general movements. It examined the preparations for launching operations of the frontline large combined units of the KPA as of 23:00 on Thursday and discussed a plan for the political and military counteractions to foil the enemies’ moves for war. The meeting also examined and ratified the offensive operation plan of the KPA Front Command to launch retaliatory strike and counterattack on the whole length of front all at once under an unavoidable situation.

And the Central Military Commission of the WPK approved the decision of the KPA General Staff in which it sent to the south Korean puppet Ministry of Defense an ultimatum on 17:00 on Thursday that the KPA would launch a strong military action unless it stops psychological broadcasting towards the north and dismantle all means for psychological warfare within 48 hours.

At the emergency enlarged meeting of the Central Military Commission of the WPK, Kim Jong Un issued an order of the supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army that the frontline large combined units of the KPA should enter a wartime state to be fully battle ready to launch surprise operations and the area along the front be put in a semi-war state from 17:00 on Friday.

Commanders were appointed and dispatched to the relevant sectors of the front to command military actions in the areas to destroy means for psychological warfare unless the enemies stop the psychological broadcasting within 48 hours and put down their possible counter-actions.

The meeting discussed the measures to convert the party and power bodies, working people’s organizations, state security, people’s security and judicial and prosecution organs, factories, enterprises, cooperative farms and other units in the relevant areas into the semi-war system as the semi-war state has been declared in the area along the front.

It also set forth the duties and tasks of officials in charge of external affairs to fully lay bare the truth about the prevailing situation caused by the enemies’ undisguised and surprise aggression. -0- (2015.08.21)

[End of press release]

Workers of the World, Unite!  Defend North Korea! US/UN/NATO Keep your Blood-stained Hands off the World!  For workers socialist revolution to overthrow the war-profiteering, greed-based capitalist system and take the weapons out of the hands of the US capitalist class for ever!

Independent Workers Party of Chicago

 

 

In Wake of “Charlie Hebdo” Murders – Capitalist Media, Nationalists, Fascists, Liberals Spread Twin Lies of “Christianity Under Attack” and “Imminent Islamicisation”

The enemy of the working classes of Europe and the US are not our working-class sisters and brothers of the “Muslim world”: the mortal enemies of the working class are the bloodthirsty capitalist classes of Europe, the US and the Middle East who are committing mass murder against our working-class Muslim and Arab sisters and brothers every day! US/UN/NATO: Out of the Middle East, Africa, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria! Keep your bloody hands off the world! Workers of the world: let’s unite and overthrow our capitalist masters; for international workers socialist revolution! Oppose anti-immigrant attacks scapegoating immigrant workers for the many failures of the capitalists and their crumbling greed-based economic system! For full citizenship rights for all immigrants! Unions: Create antifascist workers defense guards to crush the fascist vermin in the egg! Build a revolutionary internationalist workers party to fight for a global socialist workers republic!

– IWPCHI

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11 January 2015

This past week, a pair of self-proclaimed “defenders of the Prophet Muhammad” stormed into the editorial offices of vulgar, anticlerical French “satire” magazine “Charlie Hebdo” and murdered a dozen members of the editorial, creative and security staffs. Absurdly driven to commit multiple murders by Hebdo‘s childishly insulting satirical portraits of the Prophet Muhammad and His followers, two lunatic religious fanatics who happened to be Muslim, utterly opposed to any concept of “freedom of expression” when it comes to their own religion, sought to “redeem” what they believed to be the sullied name of Islam by butchering a handful of cartoonists! Even Hollywood couldn’t invent such an outlandish tale – such are the sad realities of life on our Planet Earth in the 21st century under the auspices of a global police state “led” by the financially and morally bankrupt “civilized, Christian” United States of America and the EU!

The way these Islamic fundamentalist wackos act, one might think that Islam was a religious sect so frail and poised on the brink of extinction that creating and broadcasting a popular satirical sketch of the faith on Saturday Night Live might be all it would take to consign it to the long list of once-popular religious faiths that have vanished from the face of the Earth. In fact, Islam needs no repulsive mock-hero heretic-killers to “defend” it: with over 1.8 billion women and men counting themselves among the followers of the Prophet Muhammad, the religion is today the second-largest in the world, only slightly behind Christianity – and growing rapidly.  But of course, rational thought is now and always has been alien to the fanatics of every religion that ever existed; these are not the kind of people who allow objective reality to intrude upon their infinitesimally narrow world-views.

The bourgeois press and the capitalist-financed nationalist and fascist political parties of Europe and the Christian “West” wasted no time in latching on to the Hebdo murders as “proof” that Islam is not, as its adherents claim, “a religion of peace” – like what, Christianity? – but is in fact a religion whose believers, secretly or openly, espouse the doctrine that all who do not accept Muhammad as being a prophet of God are heretics who should be put to the sword. If all Muslims actually did believe this to be true, the world’s 1.8 billion followers of Muhammad would have finished off the world’s 2.2 billion Christians long ago. Of course none of the claims of fascists that the “Hebdo” killers represent “Islam” are based in reality; nor do the resulting frantic and opportunistic cries of the fascists in opposition to the imaginary threat of imminent “Islamicization” have any basis in reality outside of their own appetite to acquire state power for themselves, after which their supposedly much less murderous “Christian” nation-states would presumably embrace the entire world in their egalitarian, peace-loving arms.  Which is what would happen if these “civilized, Christian” fascists came to power, right?

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The propagandists of the endless “War on Terror” led by the United States capitalist class and their allies in NATO are portraying the conflict as one in which a “civilized” Christian world “dedicated” to the defense of freedom of religion and freedom of speech is being wantonly attacked by those in the Muslim world, who all – openly or secretly – seek to impose their world-view and religious beliefs upon the Christian world by force.  Anyone who can take even a cursory glance at the centuries-long history of conflict between Islam and Christianity can see what a farce it is for the “Christian West” to pose in the robes of the “messenger of peace” Jesus Christ. “Christian Europe” fired the first shots in this war during the Crusades long ago, and engaged at that time in brutal, unprovoked attacks on the then relatively far more “civilized” and tolerant Muslim world in which the Christians gave no quarter to the “heretic” Muslim masses, man, woman or child. European Crusaders – (very much like today’s US/NATO crusaders) – bragged in letters they sent back home of heroic “battles” in which they slaughtered unarmed civilians seeking shelter inside Mosques until the blood ran ankle-deep. This was back when their primary weapons were hand-held; swords, spears and clubs; their heavy weaponry consisted of wooden siege engines and catapults.  The only difference between the “civilizing forces” of the “Christian world” of then and now is to be found in their modern capacity to kill far more people in far less time without necessarily having to even personally be on the same continent as their victims!

The Crusader-fanatics of the “civilized, Christian” world of the Middle Ages, who all believed that by forcing their own religious belief system upon the Muslim world through their own Medieval version of NATO-style terrorism they were doing “God’s Work”, find their spiritual descendants in mirror image in the Muslim “terrorists” of today; they can find their predecessors among the religions fanatics of every major religion going all the way back before the dawn of written history.  Killing in the name of religion wasn’t invented by the Muslims on September 11, 2001, nor was it invented by the Christians in the Middle-Ages. And in recent years it hasn’t been the “terrorists” of the “Muslim World” that have been responsible for the vast majority of the indiscriminate slaughtering of non-combatant men, women and children with impunity – as those keeping body counts for both “teams” know all too well.  It is the so-called “civilized, Christian World” that has been at work torturing and butchering Muslims from Egypt to Indonesia for most of the 20th and all of the 21st centuries. It’s only in the last 40 years or so that the “Muslim World” has begun to organize to fight back effectively. In this as well, we see a parallel with the Crusades: after initially being taken by surprise by the unprovoked and furious assaults that came out of Europe over the most flimsy pretexts, the Muslim world organized itself and counterattacked, eventually driving the Christians not just back to the borders of their own countries but driving Christian Europe almost to the brink of its own extinction. It wasn’t until the 1600’s that the wave of Muslim conquest in Europe fell back, receding eventually to its present-day borders in Eastern Europe, Turkey, to the Levant and the shores of North Africa.

When the “civilized” Christian world reconquered its territory in places like Spain and Italy, the “civilized” Christians didn’t create new polities where religionists of all kinds were welcome to worship as they pleased; the Christians either forced Jews and Muslims to convert to Christianity, drove them out of the country – or burned them at the stake! “Christian civilization” only allowed the freedom of worship to those who were Catholic – everyone else was a heretic who could be set upon, beaten or lynched at any time. When these same “civilized Christians” first journeyed to the New World, they brought their “one, true faith” with them; and their God, in their rather convenient interpretation of His will as revealed through the  events that were to follow, seemed to smile indulgently upon their mindless butchery of the “heathen” native populations – a butchery that was carried out largely with the consent and acquiescence of the Catholic – and later, the Protestant – clergy. Millions were slaughtered or enslaved by these “civilized” Christians over the next 400 years. When the native populations proved to be unwilling to be used as forced labor on the slave plantations of the “civilized Christians”, these followers of Jesus Christ started kidnapping African “heathen” and selling them into slavery. The number of Africans who died on the slave ships taking them into captivity is unknown but believed to be at least 2 million.

We’ll skip a bit of the long, bloody history of “civilized Christianity” to take a look at how the “civilized Christians” of Europe and the Americas have treated the Muslim and Arab populations of the world since at least the late 1400s. Colonizing the whole of Africa and the Middle East, as well as large parts of Asia and India, these “civilized Christians” enslaved, tortured and murdered their way to the seizure of the most valuable lands, raw materials and human labor of two and a half entire continents. Tribal communities were summarily driven off lands they had occupied for millennia; nation-states that had existed for as long or longer were cut up like so much cloth and distributed to the “civilized, Christian” European plunderers, out to stuff their pockets with gold – by any means necessary.

After World War I, these emissaries from “civilized, Christian” Europe sat down in drawing-rooms and pored over maps of the Middle East and North Africa, chopping up the regions into gerrymandered nation-states ruled over by colonial governments or satraps who plundered these new nation-states wantonly. Anyone who tried to oppose them faced beatings, torture, long-term imprisonment, assassination or execution. These policies continued throughout the 20th century and continue to the present day, in which the massive war machines of “Christian, civilized” USA, UK, France, Germany, the rest of the NATO states and their local proxies have tortured, murdered and bombed civilian populations from Gaza to Iraq to Iran to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Over a million and a half Iraqis alone have been murdered in TWO major wars in the past 20 years – wars inflicted upon the people of Iraq by the “Christian, civilized” United States of America. In Afghanistan and Pakistan, the “Christian, civilized” US President Bush authorized mass bombings of civilian areas in Iraq and Afghanistan, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent women and children as well as the mass torturing of thousands more; “Christian, civilized” President Obama has authorized remote-controlled drone attacks that have killed thousands of women and children as well as the assassinations of hundreds of men whose only “crime” was simple association with “suspected terrorists”.

In spite of all of this well-known and massive human carnage committed by “civilized, Christian” Europe and the USA against the Muslim world, we are supposed to believe that it is not the Muslims that are being subjected to mass murder at the hands of the “Christian world” but vice versa! What could be more absurd? The US and its NATO allies have mass-murdered well over – WELL over! – 1.5 MILLION Arab and Muslim people in the past 20 years alone!  The “civilized, Christian” world hails the soldiers who committed these monstrous crimes as “heroes”; the churches of the US and Europe sing hosannas to their memories every Sunday and sports stadiums full of brainwashed “civilized, Christian” citizens salute the military organizations that plan and carry out these mass-murders every day; but when a handful of religious fanatics claiming to represent Islam kill a dozen “civilized, Christian” satirists, it’s the crime of the century – and “proof” that Islam, not Christianity is the religion of fanatical murderers!

This monstrous falsification of the historical record is presented to us 24/7 via the “civilized Christian” bourgeois press, which simply ignores the entire history of the “civilized, Christian” world and its many many crimes committed against Muslims all over the globe, and spreads the lie that these obviously retaliatory strikes were “unprovoked attacks”! They tell us with straight faces that the very existence of “civilized, Christian” Europe is at stake unless… more massive military assaults are unleashed against the “uncivilized Muslim world”!  As if we, the “swinish multitude” of “dumb workers” are unable to remember the history of the past 50 years, and the war crimes we and our children were forced to commit as conscript soldiers in the imperialist armies!

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Do not misunderstand us: the senseless and cowardly murders of the “Charlie Hebdo” staff are repulsive to us and to every decent human being on this planet of every religious stripe – or lack thereof. The “Hebdo” killers represent the very real threat that exists, incredibly, here in the 21st century from the religious fanatics of EVERY organized religion, whose most deranged and fanatical followers think nothing of butchering men, women and children – without regard to the religions of their victims – in the name of their completely imaginary “gods”!  The threat to human civilization is not just coming from Muslim religious nuts; Christian, Hindu, Jewish and Buddhist religious zealots – to name but a few – have all committed mass murders in the past 20 years – with the forces of the supposedly “civilized, Christian” West responsible for the vast majority of murders of civilians by far.  The religious zealots of the world can be expected to continue to keep on killing “heretics” until the working class creates a real 21st-century civilization in which the basic human needs of food, clothing, shelter, education and health care – including mental health care – are guaranteed to all; and until the workers of the world overthrow the warmongering capitalist class and put an end to their phony “War on Terror”!  Only once all human needs are being met in an egalitarian socialist future will the futile practice of begging “God” for food, water, shelter and everything else no longer be necessary for the long-suffering workers of this tragic human race.   Only then will we see religious extremism “wither away” – finally – after thousands of years in which organized religion and its most fanatical adherents have caused at least as much human suffering as they have managed, with their meagre superstitious methods – to relieve.  The inauguration of that glorious religious-zealot-free future will definitely require the overthrow of the greed-based capitalist system, in which religion is a necessary prop keeping the system from toppling over.  The capitalist classes of the US and EU are right now seeking to destabilize the “Muslim world” in order to facilitate massive profit-stealing via their seizure of the easy pickings of the Middle Eastern oil fields.  They plan to lock down the entire planet in a global police state run by the USA and their (for the time being) junior partners in the EU.  It’s in the best interests of the workers of the world to stop the capitalists before they kill again.  No one else can do it.

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The men and women committing the terrorist attacks against civilians “in the name of Islam” no more represent “Islam” than the Christian fundamentalists who bomb abortion clinics and torture and murder as soldiers in the US imperialist military represent “Christianity”, the Hindu fanatics who kill Muslims represent all Hindus or the fascistic, murderous Zionist lunatics represent all Jews.   All religious zealots who murder in the name of their religions are, first of all, INSANE; secondly, they are mere criminals. To elevate the murderers of the  Hebdo staff to the level of “terrorists” who represent the will of millions of Muslims all over the world is to give them far more credit than they deserve. Killing these religious fanatics only turns them into instant martyrs; they should be captured, arrested and tried as common criminals, because that’s what they are. They are criminally insane, with delusions of being “messengers from God” who they truly believe sanctions the murder of non-believers in “His” name.   The fact that people like this still exist in the 21st century is stark testament to the failure of the capitalist system to bring real “civilization” to the world.  It is also a tragic reminder of what happens when the efforts of more than a century and a half by the working classes of the whole world – including our sisters and brothers in the Middle East – to overthrow the capitalist system have been driven back by capitalist classes all too willing to commit any crime against the workers. In order to maintain their class rule and to defend an economic system that has robbed the workers of the world and transferred that stolen wealth into the hands of a tiny number of human beings – who now  possess more than half of the world’s wealth, the capitalists have murdered revolutionary worker-leaders all over the Middle East and Asia, from Afghanistan to Iran, from Sri Lanka to Egypt.   It is capitalism and its endless insane quest for more and more profits that financed Islamic fundamentalism as a force with which to batter the workers movements of the Middle East into submission;  it is the capitalist classes of the US and UK that financed, trained and unleashed these religious fanatics on the world in order to crush the USSR in Afghanistan.

The Soviet Union successfully fought Islamist fundamentalism starting in the 1920s, freeing women throughout Central Asia from the bondage of the chador, the bride price and complete social isolation.  We are proud to have been part of the Trotskyist Spartacist movement that proudly declared “Hail Red Army in Afghanistan!” in 1980.  That intervention had the potential to spike resurgent Islamic fundamentalism in Afghanistan which – had it not been for the CIA’s terrorist training camps that sponsored Osama Bin Laden’s anti-Soviet efforts that eventually drove the USSR out of Afghanistan – might have prevented the rise of fundamentalist Islam throughout the Middle East in the 1980s and ’90s, and the shit-train of human suffering that was ushered in by it.

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In the wake of the “Charlie Hebdo” murders, the long, disgusting history of the brutalities the “civilized, Christian” world has heaped upon the Muslim world have been simply erased from the memory banks of the bourgeois press by the fascist and nationalist apologists for bloodthirsty “Christian civilized capitalism”; the capitalist-owned politicians and media hacks are also spreading the ridiculous fraud of the imminent “Islamicization of Europe” which allegedly threatens to destroy “civilized, Christian European” “principles” of “tolerance” and “love for one another” so close to the bloodless hearts of the warmongering “Christian, civilized” capitalist classes of Europe and the USA! Josef Goebbels would enjoy this spectacle of hypocrisy, wouldn’t he, if he was alive today? Stalin, whose “historians” were so adept at erasing national heroes like Leon Trotsky from the pages and photographs of Soviet newspapers and history books – and whose regime was roundly condemned by the “civilized, Christian” west for doing so! – would enjoy this charade as well!

The fact is that in today’s modern world, human beings can easily move across the face of the planet and are – or should be – free to settle anywhere their hearts desire without any obstacles being placed in their way.  We, as revolutionary Trotskyists, consider all workers to be our brothers and sisters; we repudiate the capitalists’ assertions that foreign-born workers are “aliens” and we fight for full citizenship rights for all immigrants!   (Anti-immigrant legislation and propaganda serve to cloak the inherent inability of the capitalist system to provide jobs for all able-bodied workers with the lie that there would be work for everyone if it wasn’t for the immigrants “stealing” “our” jobs!  In fact, the capitalist system, in order to function profitably, maintains a reserve army of the unemployed so as to keep ALL workers’ wages down; the capitalists use the immigrants as scapegoats).

Those who yearn for “the good old days” of national isolation, where natural boundaries like mountain ranges and oceans fostered unique cultural identities – as well as hideous economic, political, cultural and intellectual backwardness –  are yearning for a world that is gone and which – happily for the working classes – isn’t coming back.  The population of the United States represents only 4.5% of the world’s population; “White” Europeans are a tiny minority of the global population as well.  The world is moving rapidly in the direction BACK to the status of a much more homogeneous “racial” makeup that ended maybe 100,000 to 200,000 years ago, when the entire human race was just emerging from Africa.  To revolutionary socialists – THIS IS A GOOD THING!  The increased “racial” mixing via intermarriage should eventually destroy every vestige of racist ideology, bringing all the world’s people much closer together again.  Globally, today, believers in Islam make up approximately 25% of the world’s population.  If all our Muslim brothers and sisters were evenly distributed in every nation, 25% of the population of, say, France, would be Muslim.  But that is not the case; French Muslims make up just 7.5% of the entire population of France!  The French nationalists and fascists screaming that France is being “Islamicised” are crying wolf, desperately attempting to hold back an evolutionary trend that can only be brought to a halt through vicious racist immigration quotas that will not stop the natural global migration of our fellow human beings all over the world.  In other nations where the fascists and nationalists are trying to stoke irrational fears of impending “Islamicization”, the Muslim populations as a percentage of the total populations of those countries are as follows:

Germany: 5.0%

UK: 4.6%

US: 0.8%

Sweden: 4.9%

Netherlands: 5.5%

Source: Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_by_country

Obviously, the Muslim immigration to Europe is going to have to increase exponentially in order to simply reach global parity in our lifetimes.  The massive exodus of people from traditionally Muslim countries to Europe has been driven in the first place by the “Global War on Terror”, which has deliberately destabilized majority-Muslim countries merely in order to facilitate the plundering of those nation-states by the US and EU multinational corporations that dictate US/NATO foreign policy and which seek to make profitable investments in the region – without regional strongmen taking their “cut” of the plunder – or threatening to kick the imperialists out on their asses.  The overthrow of capitalism in the US and EU states would lead to the overthrow of the brutal dictatorships in North Africa and the Middle East, which would result in a cessation of immigration to Europe and quite probably the return of many immigrant workers now living in EU countries to the lands of their birth.  To believe that the rapid influx of immigrants from North Africa into Europe due to the “Global War on Terror” is permanent and irreversible is to believe that the highly unstable political and economic status quo in Europe is also “permanent and irreversible”, which is inherently contradictory.  Workers socialist revolution is both possible and desirable – and necessary! – in Europe and everywhere else; and if the working class can make that happen, the likelihood of a long period of peaceful and rational development of the entire human race becomes a probability instead of highly unlikely under a more and more xenophobic and nationalistic capitalism.

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The lies we are having heaped upon us in desperate defense of the tottering capitalist status quo in the EU from the mouths of the bourgeois journalists and the press attaches of the “civilized, Christian” governments of the west require the most strenuous efforts of those of us in the revolutionary socialist workers movement to oppose them and to provide the working classes of the world with the truth about the hideous crimes that the ruling classes of the “civilized, Christian” world have committed against our brother and sister workers in the Muslim world.  The reactionary, anti-immigrant and cynical “Je Suis Charlie” campaigns – orchestrated by the racist and fascist apologists for US/NATO war crimes carried out throughout the Muslim world – must be avoided like the plague by workers all over the world. The capitalist classes of Europe and the Americas are seeking to terrify the working class into giving their approval for more vicious military attacks on our fellow workers in the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan – and throughout Europe and the whole world – in order to crush any opposition to the capitalists’ plans to destabilize and re-colonize the Middle East.  The only resource the “civilized, Christian” capitalists care about is the oil under the lands now occupied by our working class brothers and sisters who, in the majority, “happen to be” Muslim. The capitalists know that they will never obtain a green light from the workers to butcher our own Muslim sisters and brothers with impunity until they can turn them in our eyes into cartoonish, hate-filled religious wackos hell-bent on mass murder of civilians in Europe and the Americas. In other words, the capitalist classes that run the US/NATO military murder machine want us to believe that the people of the Middle East are about to do to US what the US and NATO have been doing to THEM all these years, and are using the “Hebdo” murders to justify more war against our sisters and brothers throughout the Muslim world! The enemy of the working classes of Europe and the US are clearly NOT our fellow workers in the Muslim-majority nations; our enemies are the capitalist classes of the entire world who make their billions through the endless mass-murder of their “War on Terror”!

Don’t fall for the lies of the capitalists: our enemies aren’t our sisters and brothers in the “Muslim World” but our capitalist masters here in “civilized, Christian, capitalist” USA and Europe!  Workers of the World, Unite!  For workers socialist revolution in the US, Europe, the Middle East and throughout the capitalist world!

IWPCHI

Defend Syria Against US/UN/NATO Imperialist Attack! US/UN/NATO Hands off Syria & the Middle East!

Defend Syria Against US/UN/NATO Imperialist Attack!  U.S./U.N./NATO Hands off Syria! U.S./UN/NATO Out of the Middle East!

Once again, the world’s #1 terrorist nation – the United States – is poised to attempt a “military solution” to a political situation, this time in Syria.  Syria – one of the world’s oldest nation-states, with a history going back at least to the 3rd millennium B.C.- is embroiled in a war between the nationalist, capitalist autocratic Assad government and a hodgepodge of fake “rebel” groups organized by the US/NATO imperialist countries, comprising a broad spectrum of domestic dissenters and external forces, including some right-wing Muslim fundamentalists from outside of Syria allegedly “linked’ to Al Qaeda.

There are numbers of intelligence operatives from the U.S. and other NATO countries working among the elements of the “Free Syrian Army” in order to determine which factions to support financially and militarily and which to kill off.  The U.S. CIA has been busy trying to bribe select leaders of the “Free Syrian Army”, carefully lining up for bribes only those who support the idea of and who agree to create a new regime in Syria that will help the US capitalist class pursue the goals of U.S. imperialism in Syria and throughout the Middle East.  All other groups will be starved of funds and munitions and will, if necessary, be physically eliminated if they become an obstacle to the goals of  U.S. imperialism.

Unlike Libya, where there are many different tribes of people living all over the country, each with different religious and cultural identities that have brought them into conflict for generations, in Syria, the people are a quite homogeneous population, with over 90% being indigenous Syrian Arabs.  This is to be expected in a country which has a 5,000 year history and whose capital city, Damascus, is “the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world” [Source for both statements: Wikipedia:  “Syria”].

Significantly, the Syrian Communist Party – Bakdash (one of the few working-class parties in Syria at least nominally dedicated to the overthrow of the capitalist system) does NOT support the overthrow of the Assad regime by the so-called “rebels” and claims that THERE IS NO CIVIL WAR GOING ON IN SYRIA!

In an interview published by the Communist Party of Turkey earlier this year, Syrian Communist Party leader Adel Omar made the following characterization of the situation in Syria: “First and foremost, as the Syrian Communist Party, we believe that the course of events in Syria is neither a revolution nor a civil war. It is very clear that what has been taking place in Syria has been in accordance with the imperialist plans. It is not possible for us to define a process where NATO has been involved as a revolution.  Besides, it is not the case that different sectors of the people of Syria are fighting one another. On the contrary, our people are resisting the imperialist forces together.”

Asked by the interviewer if the Communists are being targeted by the forces of the “Free Syrian Army”, Comrade Omar had this to say:
“Yes […] [t]he terrorist groups were behind a series of attacks targeting us including the bombing of our central office in Damascus. When they attacked our central office, they were not able to score a direct hit, but the building next to us was heavily damaged.
“In Aleppo, the terrorist groups attacking the area of Sheikh Maksoud, which is mainly Kurdish, have primarily targeted the homes of Communist Party members.
“Unfortunately, three female comrades were murdered in these attacks. There are many other members who were targeted but were saved by luck since they were not home at the time of these attacks.

“We are going through a war that though difficult and serious at times cannot be taken lightly. But we are determined to continue with our struggle. To begin with, in imperialist attacks toward a homeland, history shows us that the communists have primary responsibility for resisting and organizing this resistance. As Syrian communists, the duty to struggle for our homeland lies first and foremost on our shoulders. This is our responsibility.”
[Source: “Syrian Communist explains responsibility to defend the homeland”, published by the Party for Socialism and Liberation’s (PSL) “Liberation News”, 31 May, 2013]

This report shows the depth of the propaganda effort being made by the US capitalist class’ wholly-owned news media to spread the lie that the situation in Syria is a civil war.  This lie is being used to convince workers in the US, Europe and around the world to support efforts to overthrow the Assad regime by falsification of the real situation on the ground in Syria.  The U.S. capitalist class – led by just over 400 billionaires who own 50% of the wealth in the United States – can not tell the truth about what their goals are in Syria: if they did, no one on the planet would support them.  So, as they did in Afghanistan in the late 1970s, they must create a fake “civil war” between the “downtrodden rebels” and the “evil dictatorship” of the central government in order to mask their own goals in Syria – which, as in Iraq,  undoubtedly have more than a little to

do with the fact that there is a lot of oil under the desert sands of Syria.  90% of Syrian oil exports go to Europe; by seizing this strategic oil reserve, the US capitalist class and its partners in crime in Great Britain hope to lock Germany, Russia and Japan out of the Middle Eastern oil fields.  [With nuclear power plants being shut down all over Europe and Japan, the need for oil to supply those countries with electricity is increasing with every passing day.  Japan, which had imported tons of uranium during the ’90s to make it energy independent now faces – in the wake of the Fukushima disaster and the resulting anti-nuclear backlash – an immediate need for alternative resources of energy.]

The United States has created a situation that is capable of rapidly spinning out of its “control” by threatening to bomb Syria.  Interimperialist rivalries are clearly exposed in the Middle East: in spite of their temporary alliance in NATO, the interests of Germany and the US/UK are directly counterposed there.  Add to that the antagonisms between Russia, China, Japan and US/NATO and you have a very explosive situation.  Whether or not this current military adventure of the US in Syria leads immediately to World War III or not, the continued assertion of the US capitalist class that it has the “right” to seize military control of the world’s oil supply can only be seen by Germany, Russia, China and Japan as a direct threat to their own nations’ long-term economic and political well-being.  The result of this unprovoked attack by the US in Syria – if it does not cause WWIII right now – will be to bring the world that much closer to World War III over the long run.  We can guarantee that the German and Japanese governments will begin to rapidly build up their own offensive military capabilities in order to ensure that their access to crucial deposits of raw materials that lie outside their borders will not be jeopardized by their imperialist rival the United States.  Japan, in fact, just launched the first aircraft carrier it has built since World War II.  Of course, the Japanese capitalist class claims that this aircraft carrier is “only” for “self defense” against China.  But aircraft carriers are not defensive weapons; they are used to project military force overseas, to defend the foreign investments of the capitalist class of that nation that owns that particular aircraft carrier. They are the physical reality of the fact that “inter-imperialist rivalries” are not merely product of the morbid fantasies of  communist propagandists – like us! – but are all too real. History shows us how economic wars end up in shooting wars.  Unless the working classes of the United States, Germany, the UK, Japan and Russia overthrow “their own” capitalist classes and seize power in the name of the working class, the sand in the hourglass that measures the length of time left to us to stop World War Three from happening will continue to run out.

Liberals are making their usual oinking noises about “waiting for the U.N. to do its job” of “impartially” inspecting the sites of the alleged Syrian government’s deployment of sarin gas against its own civilians. (In fact it is entirely possible that the “Syrian rebels” were the ones who possessed that stockpile of sarin gas – as the U.N. ALREADY discovered earlier this year in another case of the use of poison gas – read “UN’s Carla Del Ponte says there is evidence rebels ‘may have used sarin’ in Syria” ]  We, Trotskyists as we are, are dedicated to the principle of “always telling the truth to the workers, no matter how harsh”; and so we wish to tell the truth about the U.N. to the workers of the world: the U.N. is not a peace-making organization but a war-mongering organization completely controlled by the United States and run largely for the benefit of U.S. imperialism.  Created during the Cold War at a time when all the capitalists of the world were united in their opposition to the “spread of communism” when the USSR was in existence, the U.N. is nothing but a temporary alliance of imperialist rivals during the armed truce between them that has existed since 1945.  The collapse of the Soviet Union removed a large portion of the reason for existence of that truce – especially where Germany is concerned.  Since  the collapse of the USSR, we have seen Germany asserting its “right” to rule over Europe as that continent’s most powerful capitalist class-run nation state.  The German-banker-dominated “European Union” is a direct threat to U.S. imperialism’s role as “the world’s policeman”.  The U.N. is rapidly becoming an annoyance to both the US and the German imperialists and a hindrance to their simply having their way with the world’s people and natural resources.  The U.N., like the League of Nations before it, will prove to be nothing more than a fig leaf barely covering the growing economic antagonisms between its members.  This temporary alliance of mortal enemies will be cast aside when it is necessary for these rival imperialist powers to once again battle it out for access to markets and natural resources with means “other than politics”.  The U.N. is a thin veil under which the crimes of the US/NATO imperialist powers are ruthlessly carried out – and we Marxists have always seen right through it – even if you who remain deluded by the U.N.’s pretense to defend “freedom”, “democracy” and “human rights” can not.

It is crucially important that the working class begin immediately to create revolutionary workers parties to lead the struggle to wrest the military weapons out of the hands of the capitalist class and use them to overthrow capitalism before it is too late.

Workers of the World, Unite!

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DEFEND NORTH KOREA! Oppose US, S. Korean War Provocation “Operation Foal Eagle”

The massive propaganda barrage of the capitalist world’s press against the tiny workers state of North Korea is an excellent example of the effectiveness of US propaganda efforts, which have made the world’s military superpower – run by a cabal of crazed Wall St. sock puppets – into a “David” being threatened by the North Korean “Goliath”.  You seriously have to be completely unaware of the relative strengths of these two nation-states in order to swallow the whale-sized portions of lies being spread by Washington about the imaginary threat posed by North Korea’s possession of – at most – a handful of medium-range nuclear missiles.

The main thrust of the US propaganda barrage against the North Korean workers state (capitalism was overthrown there in 1950) is that the North Korean leaders are “crazy” and are starving their people to death in order to be able to afford to build nuclear weapons as a means of making the North Korean leadership look powerful to the masses.  As if building a nuclear arsenal was just a sort of luxury item constructed for the benefit of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un – like an American billionaire might buy a Picasso for $150 million to show how rich he is.

Get ready for a reality check.

As we write this, the United States and South Korea are engaged in yet another of their decades-long series of threatening war provocations against North Korea, called – most patronizingly – “Operation Foal Eagle”...  This is a massive joint military exercise held just off the North Korean coast that places an enormous military invasion force within minutes of the critical military and civilian infrastructure of the North.  Pyongyang (the capital of North Korea) has every reason to be building a nuclear arsenal to protect itself from these imminent military threats constantly being brandished in their faces by the biggest bully regime in the world – the United States.

“Foal Eagle is a series of 20 separate but inter-related joint and combined field training exercises conducted by Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea components spanning ground, air, naval, expeditionary, and special operations.  The exercises include both US and ROK forces and they are the culmination of many months of planning.

“Approximately 10,000 U.S forces along with ROK military personnel will participate in Exercise Foal Eagle.  The majority of the U.S. participants are coming from outside the ROK.  The exercises are designed to enhance the security and readiness of the Republic of Korea and are deterrent in nature.

“The United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission informed the Korean People’s Army through its Panmunjom Mission of the exercise dates and the non-provocative nature of this training.

“Training exercises like Foal Eagle are carried out in the spirit of the Oct. 1, 1953, ROK-U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty and in accordance with the Armistice.”

[Source: US Forces Korea Press Releases:  “Foal Eagle Exercise 2013” [ Release # 130221-2], 21 February, 2013]

So, we guess that if, say, the Russians were conducting a joint military exercise with China near, say, the Aleutian Islands, and were performing land, sea and air maneuvers 50 miles from the Alaskan coast, there’d be absolutely no reason for the US government to be alarmed, right?  Nah.  The North Koreans are crazy for thinking that the US would attack them.  Why would the US do that?

They already did that, in 1950.  In an effort to “stop the spread of communism” the US invaded Korea (there was no “South Korea” then, nor a “North Korea”, just “Korea”) set up a puppet government headed by a moral pygmy, Syngman Rhee, who was then living in fucking COLORADO, collected gangs of Koreans (who had been collaborators with the hated Japanese colonial government that brutally raped Korea and China from the 1930s until the end of WWII) to work as Rhee’s underlings and created an anticommunist “South Korea” to crush the North.  The “North Koreans” had an army that had been tempered in some of the most savage counterinsurgency warfare in history, fighting the Japanese for decades under the leadership of Kim Jong Il, the great Korean revolutionary leader and military strategist.  These heroic battle-hardened forces very nearly swept Rhee’s collection of war criminals into the sea.  And that would have been the end of hostilities in Korea… but the big bully US saw an opportunity to score what they thought would be an “easy win” against communism, and insanely backed the hated Rhee puppet government to the hilt.  The Korean peninsula, as the US press release notes, is still at war today thanks to billions in US aid to South Korea.

The Korean War was one of the most savage wars in modern history.  The United States Air Force generals bragged that they napalmed every village from the what is now the demilitarized zone in Korea to the Chinese border.  Hundreds of thousands of peasants – men, women, and children were slaughtered by US forces, who had long been propagandized by the US military to believe that Asians (Japanese) were essentially subhuman and would fight to the last man.  US soldiers were repeatedly ordered to fire on unarmed North Korean civilians “dressed in white” as that was believed to be what the “communists” wore.  It was, in fact, simply traditional Korean dress.

Read Bruce Cumings excellent books on Korea to get a full picture of the monstrous lies being spread by the US propagandists today about the “craziness” of the North Koreans’ leaders.  They are not crazy, they are defending their tiny country from Big, Bad US imperialism which wants to wipe North Korea off the map in revenge for the humiliation of the US at the hands of the heroic North Korean and Chinese workers who turned back the US invasion of Korea in the 50’s.

US/UN/NATO Hands off North Korea!  End the sanctions against the North!  North Korea and Iran have every right to possess nuclear weapons – to defend themselves against the only nation depraved enough to have ever used them: the United States of America!

IWPCHI

#1 Reason Why Capitalism Must Be Abolished: The Standing Threat of WWIII Under the Greed System

Marxists have long argued that, unless the capitalist system is abolished, the working class of the entire world stands beneath a nuclear-tipped Sword of Damocles at all times. And the current state of the world’s geopolitics underlines this threat. So long as the world is divided up into separate nation states under a system of global competition for raw materials that are becoming scarcer by the hour, the threat of world war looms over all of humanity. The entire human race stands at the edge of a precipice from which the capitalist system threatens to hurl it into the abyss in a paroxysm of greed, nationalism and world-wide nuclear war.

This is clearly shown by the sudden escalation of unrest in the world’s most prolific oil-producing region, the Middle East and its environs. This week, the internal civil war in Syria, egged on by US and NATO imperialist powers through their secret police – the CIA, Mossad, British and French Intelligence services, etc. – and hired proxies on the ground inside Syria threatens to explode out beyond that nation’s borders and into Turkey and possibly northern Iraq and elsewhere.

An overzealous Syrian military unit appears to have shelled positions in Turkey from which the Syrians claim they were being fired upon by Syrian “rebels” fleeing government attacks. The Turks, whose national government is characterized by fierce nationalism and the suppression of its own minority populations – particularly, the Kurdish people of southeastern Turkey and Northern Iraq, obtained permission from its national Parliament to retaliate against Syria. The Turkish retaliation, coming as it does from a NATO member country and having taken place after consultations with the US and other top NATO imperialist nations, immediately poses a threat to China and Russia: two non-NATO states who have been strong supporters of the Syrian government during its civil war. The trip wires have long been set between NATO and its historic enemies: principally the deformed Maoist workers state of China as well as Russia, which, when it was the USSR, was the prime inspiration of the creation of NATO. The Independent Workers Party says: US/NATO Hands Off the World!

The imperialist powers who run NATO – which is primarily a front for US imperialism – are not a force for “good” in the world; NATO is the military alliance of the world’s leading capitalist states, who seek to use their combined military forces to smash worker revolutions wherever they occur. NATO is used to project the military forces of the leading capitalist states – whose citizens comprise far less that 1/5 of the world’s population – across the world, protecting the foreign investments of global bankers and their corporations. Everywhere NATO goes, it brings in its train hideous pro-imperialist exiles, who are so depraved that, in their quest for power and wealth, volunteer to be the front men in puppet regimes to be installed by the NATO forces after military invasions during which hundreds of thousands or even millions of the workers of the invaded countries are slaughtered. Such was the result of the NATO-backed invasion of Iraq; such has been the result of the NATO invasion of Afghanistan; such was the result recently in Libya. Everywhere NATO goes, it brings “profitable” death and destruction of countries – profitable because the bombs and other weapons systems deployed in the war have to be replaced afterwards, and the destroyed cities have to be rebuilt by contractors hired by the NATO imperialist states. Thus capitalism makes war into a never-ending engine of blood-soaked profits for the worlds capitalist class. They don’t care how many workers they slaughter, because to the capitalist class, human life, especially of the poor and the working class, is cheap. The US capitalist class has Grim-reaped hundreds of billions of dollars in profits by blowing up the cities of Iraq and Libya and Afghanistan, rebuilding them – and then blowing them up and rebuilding them again! These bloodthirsty greedheads, who are presently in the process of leasing the White House for the next four years so that one of their very own – vulture capitalist and Mormon Bishop Mitt Romney – can sit in the Oval Office with his hand on the button that could be pushed to launch World War Three. The US capitalist class is tired of having worker-friendly sock-puppets like Barack Obama as their cut-outs pretending to be running the US: now they want to promote as Presidential material a man who has openly stated to the world that he has no use for 45% of the US population, and will not even try to represent their interests.

He is, of course, lying. He really means to say that he has no intention of representing the interests of the US working class, which makes up far more than just 45% of the US population; and, by extension, he tells the capitalists of the world that he has no intention of representing the interests of ANY workers, ANYWHERE! He is a filthy rich greedy vulture capitalist, who made his bones by buying out viable capitalist enterprises, sucking all the exploitable value out of them and then killing them off, throwing thousands of workers out of work and taking the stolen cash and putting it all in his and his co-conspirators’ pockets. It is thievery on a massive scale, and it’s all legal under the rules of US capitalism, where poor people who steal food from supermarkets go to jail, while rich greedheads like Warren Buffet and Mitt Romney are hailed as “self-made capitalist success stories”. It truly is a hideous cancer on the world, the cancer called the capitalist system!

“…and then the war came…”

Generations of pro-capitalist historians have spread the lie that wars under capitalism occur by accident; they are “acts of God”; they are “a failure of diplomacy”, etc, etc., ad nauseam. Those of us who have studied the teachings of the great Marxist theoreticians – Marx, Engels, Lenin and Trotsky chief among them – understand that war, under capitalism, and even before capitalism, is never an “accident” but is the product of the expansion of nation states and their quest for more natural resources to feed their expanding economies and the needs of their expanding trading operations. Under capitalism, war is the byproduct of an economic system based on greed and the exploitation of the working class. Capitalism has created productive forces that can produce products in quantities far beyond what can be consumed within the borders of the nation-state in which they are produced. The capitalists then seek markets beyond their borders, where that competing nation’s greedheads are already producing the same products. In order to protect their domestic markets, the capitalists of both nations might initially place tariffs on the importation of their rival capitalists’ goods, so as to make the domestic products cheaper. This angers the other capitalist class, who then place retaliatory tariffs on THEIR competitors’ goods. This back-and-forth economic war can – and often does – lead to actual military forces being sent into the rival capitalists’ territory to “settle” the trade dispute in the more powerful capitalist state’s favor. World Wars I and II were, fundamentally, fought over just such a struggle for raw materials which one or another imperialist nation-state (Germany and Japan, in particular) lacked. The working class of all of these countries was, tragically, forced to go to war to slaughter their fellow workers so that the rich capitalist class could defeat their economic competition. What the workers got out of it was hundreds of millions of their working class brothers and sisters being slaughtered all across the globe.

Today, the worlds’ capitalists are in the run-up to yet another world war. The capitalist economies of the world have already divided up the world among themselves; access to raw materials and markets has also already been divided among them. The only way they can increase their profits now is either to discover new sources of raw materials, or to go somewhere in the world and seize them from one of their imperialist capitalist rivals – or to invade the territory of one of the deformed workers states, like China, and take over their markets and resources. There is no other way out of the world economic depression that the world is now stuck in. Just as in the 1930s, the only way out of this economic impasse for the capitalists is world war.

They do not necessarily sit around and plan such a war over a sumptuous banquet. Economic necessity impels them toward war the way hunger impels a poor man to steal food or money to survive. Feeling threatened by their imperialist erstwhile “allies”, the capitalist class of the various nation-states tell their bought-and-paid-for politicians to increase “defense” spending to “protect the homeland from ‘terrorist attacks'”. Under this thin veil – which of course, does not for a minute fool their imperialist rivals – they begin to arm for war. “Missile defense systems” are built; aircraft carriers, which are only effective as offensive weapons, are designed and constructed; long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles are stockpiled and the old stock replaced with more modern versions; old battleships and submarines are replaced with more powerful modern designs. The raw numbers of such weaponry may decline – this fact will be loudly broadcast to the workers to fool them into believing that the military forces are being “downsized” – but, in fact, these newer weapons are so much more powerful and accurate that half as many of them can cause far more destruction than all the old ones combined. In this way, the trip wires are gradually, unnoticeable set for war. By deploying their navies all over the globe, these competing imperialist states raise the risk of “accidentally” bumping into the “enemy’s” ships. Eventually, the proverbial shit hits the proverbial fan.

The run-up to war happens so slowly and incrementally that when it “happens” it “looks” accidental. But the war planners in places like the Pentagon are continually creating and revising plans to “defend US interests” in the event of any contingency imaginable. They are always ready to launch a pre-emptive strike against any competing nation-state. Of course, both sides will be careful to make it look like they were attacked first.

Until the working class of the US rises up and disarms its ruling capitalist class, and our working class brothers and sisters of every other capitalist country in the world do the same, the threat of WWIII will be very real and will be inexorably approaching nearer and nearer. If WWIII occurs, it will be the fault – not so much of the capitalist class that has prepared it and which will launch it – but it will be the fault of the so-called leaders of the worlds workers who have done absolutely NOTHING to stop it. Without revolutionary leadership of the working class there can be no revolution to overthrow capitalism and stop WW III from happening. Revolutions, like wars, do not happen by accident. It takes a highly dedicated revolutionary leadership that has studied and learned the lessons of history  and who have a very clear understanding of what must be done  in order for a  successful workers revolution  to take place.  Revolution, like war, is part science and part art; the consciousness of what the workers need to do does not arise in their minds spontaneously – it must be taught to them by professional revolutionaries, just as the laws of physics do not spontaneously occur to people, but must be taught by highly trained teachers.

Where are those professional revolutionaries now?  They are, sadly, few and far between – especially in precisely those countries where a successful workers revolution is needed most: the United States of America.

The search for the leaders of the Third American Revolution is going on now.  That is what we in the Independent Workers Party of Chicago are attempting to do – organize a vanguard of worker-leaders who can fight for the rights of our class here in the US and rip the guns out of the hands of our blood-thirsty US capitalist class once and for all and place the weapons now being used by the US government to slaughter workers in the hands of the working class here.  Only in this way can we stop WW III from happening.  If we fail, the planet we live on may become something like Mars, a dry desert where, once upon a time, water flowed and life bloomed.  Not just the survival of our children and grandchildren is at stake: the survival of life on Earth is at stake.

It is time, fellow worker, to drive away that apathy and hoplessness that has been driven into your mind over the years of your hard-working life by the pro-capitalist media and join this vital struggle for the future of humankind.  We do not have much time left before the next war “happens”.

IWPCHI

NATO Summit Weekend – Do-It-Yourself Postcard From Chicago

Hello, _______!

How are you?  Hope you and ___________ are doing fine!  How’s the _______?  I hope ____ feeling better.  My ________ is just out of the ___________ and is _________________________________!

The more things ___________ the __________  they __________________________!  Isn’t it true?

I am here in Chicago enjoying living in our wonderful Orwellian police state watching the city as it gets taken over by a gang of murderous thugs protecting another gang of murderous thugs calling themselves “NATO”!

It’s a beautiful time to be visiting Chicago, unless you are traveling by boat near the NATO summit, in which case you may have your boat sunk by the US Navy.
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20120517/BLOGS07/120519814/great-lakes-tells-sailors-to-avoid-downtown-chicago

You could fly in by private plane, but don’t get too close to the McCormick place, location of the NATO summit, because the US Air Force has promised to shoot down any plane coming within 2 miles of the convention center.
http://m.military.com/news/articlerss/air-force-news/fighters-prepare-to-protect-chicago-nato-summit.xml/5

If you plan to take the train, be careful not to carry any packages larger than 15 inches by 15 inches by 4 inches, as they will be confiscated.  Also, do not try to bring any liquids in containers larger than 3 ounces, as they too will be confiscated.  No bicycles are allowed on the trains, but you can bring a baby stroller… HOWEVER! If you are breast-feeding your baby, you can not bring more than 3 ounces of breast milk or it will be confiscated… and if you make a fuss about this, you, the stroller and your baby will go to jail!
http://metrarail.com/metra/en/home/service_updates/g8_nato_summit.html

If you are already in the city and would like to go out for dinner or to go shopping, you may have a difficult time finding a restaurant or shop that is open, as the ridiculous warnings by the police state of attacks by gangs of crazed protesters have caused the owners of many stores and businesses to close for the duration of the NATO summit.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/natosummit/ct-met-nato-chicago-retail-business-20120519,0,294180.story

Beware of the dangerous protesters, with their crazy demands for things like universal healthcare, an end to all wars, and feeding, clothing and sheltering all the world’s poor people!  Imagine living in a world like that!  No, really!  Imagine it!

Other than all that, I’m really enjoying my stay in Chicago… and remembering to always LOVE BIG BROTHER!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Brother_%28Nineteen_Eighty-Four%29
http://www.orwelltoday.com/orwellkitchener.shtml

Wish You Were Here?

Love,

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Chicago Democratic Party’s Police State In Effect vs. NATO Protesters

The tightening noose of the Democratic Party’s police state apparatus is becoming more and more evident in the city of Chicago today in the run-up to the NATO meeting to be held at McCormick Place this weekend.

At a demonstration called for 10 AM Wednesday at Occupy Chicago’s old “headquarters” at Jackson and La Salle, a cordon of Chicago Police bicycle cops “protected the protestors’ right to free speech” by completely blocking access to the protest to pedestrians.  This “Big Brother” show of force was clearly intended to be intimidating to any passerby who wished to just walk over to find out what was going on.  The protestors were picketing the Bank of America branch at Jackson and La Salle in opposition to that bank’s foreclosures on homes all over the country.

Later on at the same location, a gang of bicycle cops went out of their way to tear down a sign posted by the Independent Workers Party that had been hung on the side of a utility box.  The poster read: “Capitalism Must Die so that the Working Class May Live” and had several articles from the capitalist press regarding the ongoing economic crisis in Europe, the elections in Greece and their aftermath and a war crime attributed to NATO member Turkey, who bombed a group of Kurdish civilians into oblivion with the assistance of a US predator drone spy plane.

The heaviest police presence of the day we witnessed was at the afternoon demonstration in support of long-time on Chicano activist Carlos Montes, who is fighting an FBI frameup on bogus “felon in possession of a gun” charges based on a 43-year-old misdemeanor assault on a police officer charge.  (See: “Carlos Montes back in court, pushes to stop FBI frame-up” in the April-June issue of “Fight Back” at http://www.fightbacknews.org/2012/2/8/carlos-montes-back-court-pushes-info-frame )  Here, a dozen white  “Homeland Security” SUVs were parked across from the demonstrators all up and down Dearborn St. between the Federal Building and the Post Office.  There were riot police standing along Dearborn to the east of the demonstration in an effort to intimidate the people at the demonstration as well as those who might wish to stop by and learn what the demo was all about.  [Note: It turned out that those SUVs were parked there 24 hrs. a day all weekend.  – IWP Editor]

Quoting the article from “Fight Back!:  “Carlos Montes is one of the 24 anti-war and international solidarity activists who have been hit by FBI and grand jury repression since Sept. 24, 2010”, when FBI agents fanned out across the US and raided homes of political activists opposed to the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the homes of US Muslims who have been accused of aiding and abetting terrorist activity simply for sending donations to charitable groups in the Middle East that the US Government claims are “linked” to terrorist groups.

Labor must oppose all attempts by the United States Government to prevent unions and political groups from giving aid and support to our brothers and sisters around the world who have been placed in the crosshairs of the US Government’s endlessly expanding “War on Terror”.  Under the US Government’s current definition of “terrorist”, any group that opposes US imperialism’s military operations overseas can be slapped with the “terrorist” label – and any US citizen who then gives any type of “material aid” to those groups – even just making a speech or writing an article defending them! – can be charged under the Patriot Act and other draconian US “anti-terror” laws with aiding and abetting an organization “linked” to terrorism!

Under the US’ new “anti-terror” laws, acts that just a few years ago were perfectly legal – such as sending money to groups like the Irish Republican Army’s Sinn Fein political wing, would be deemed as giving “material support” to terrorists!  Sending donations to the Nicaraguan and El Salvadoran rebel movements – which was done all over the world during the 1980s – would today be considered as “supporting terrorism” and the donors and supporters would be facing heavy fines and long jail terms.   The Independent Workers Party declares the inalienable right of the working people all over the world to determine for ourselves what political and activist groups we deem to be supportable and to send any kind of “material aid” necessary to defend our brothers and sisters from state-sponsored terrorism such as what the US-backed death-squad governments meted out to our brothers and sisters in Central and South America in the 1970s and 1980s – and what the US and its allies continue to do today from the Middle East to Central America.