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UPDATED: Get your copy of the US Army’s New “Civil Disturbances” Manual for 2014

[Note: We have added another document – 2007’s “Military Intelligence – US Army Intelligence Activities”  to the end of the article – IWPCHI]

Until recently, US citizens have been spared the kind of savage military response to attempts by workers to defend their rights such as we have seen this year meted out so brutally by the Israel Defense Force (IDF) against the Palestinian people in Gaza. But as the State of Missouri’s response to the uprising against police state murder in Ferguson shows, it looks like this kind of military intervention is going to be increasingly used against dissidents here in the US as well.

It is a little-known fact that throughout the civil rights struggle in the US, the FBI, whose own savage COINTELPRO tactics wantonly violated the Constitutional rights of US workers who legally fought for their rights, routinely kept the US military districts all over the US informed of their plans and activities.

In this document, the FBI, which is spying on both the anti-Vietnam War Movement and the late wife of Martin Luther King, Coretta Scott King, notes that the referenced memo (LHM means “Letterhead Memorandum” in FBI-speak) will be disseminated to several US military intelligence divisions in the various military districts…

as has been done with the rest of the world

(as has been done with the rest of the world)

…which the United States is divided into.

US Military Intelligence spied on Coretta King and antiwar activists

The U.S. Army Intelligence Command (USAINTC) is “the Army counterintelligence element formed in 1965 to conduct operations in the continental United States. The command had been allotted substantial personnel to carry out its mission. Its seven Military Intelligence groups controlled a network of 300 field and resident offices across the nation.” [Source: globalsecurity.org: “U.S. Army Intelligence Command and the Home Front“] In the FBI document above, we see that the 111th Military Intelligence Group, as well as the Naval Investigative Service [NIS – now known as the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS)] and the Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations (OSI) were being kept informed by the FBI as to the activities of the antiwar left and the key civil rights activists legally exercising their constitutional rights to protest and organize. Since the end of the Civil War, the US military has been used most significantly on behalf of the US capitalist class in order to smash labor strikes whenever the oligarchs’ private security forces have been overwhelmed by working class militancy.

The National Guard was famously used against black workers in the uprisings that broke out across the nation in the wake of the assassination of Martin Luther King as well as in the efforts to quell the antiwar protests at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1968.

In a 2009 article for the US Army’s “Joint Center for Operational Analysis Journal” entitled “The Role of Federal Military Forces in Domestic Law Enforcement“, Retired Col. John R. Brinkerhoff provided a concise historical overview with a couple of surprises:

“Federal military troops have been used often to enforce the laws of the Nation. In the past two hundred fifteen years, the Army and, to a lesser extent, the Marine Corps has enforced the laws in over 167 incidents, or about 0.75 times per year on the average. Federal troops have been called on to quell insurrections, enforce unpopular federal laws, govern the seven states of the defeated Confederacy, protect minorities from harm, quell race riots, police the lawless West, guard the borders, break strikes, protect key assets against sabotage, seize and operate war plants, enforce civil rights laws, operate the postal service, and protect the population from lawless elements. (See U.S. Army Center of Military History, The Role of Federal Military Forces in Domestic Disorders, 1789-1878 (1988).)

[…]

“A major source of confusion is the Posse Comitatus Act, which many people believe-incorrectly-prohibits the use of federal troops to enforce the law in the United States.

“What was originally no more than a way to prevent US attorneys and local sheriffs to require federal troops to enforce the law has become, in popular myth, a general proscription of any use of federal troops to enforce the law. This general belief is belied by the fact that despite the Posse Comitatus Act, Presidents after 1878 have used federal troops to enforce the laws when they saw fit to do so. Presidents have used the Posse Comitatus Act as an excuse to reject or avoid actions they did not want to do, but have not hesitated to work around the act to do what they wanted to do. During the labor riots of the late 19th Century, Presidents used federal troops to intervene in labor disputes under the pretext of protecting federal property. During World War I, President Woodrow Wilson breached the actual terms of the Posse Comitatus Act by allowing his subordinates to use troops without first obtaining his authorization. During World War II and for three decades thereafter, federal troops were frequently involved in law enforcement actions, such as surveillance, search, detention, and arrest in the course of authorized domestic operations. Federal troops not only enforced the law of the land, including making arrests and detaining lawbreakers, but they were expected to do so by a generally grateful public. The real intent of the original Posse Comitatus Act was to restore to the President sole authority to authorize the use of federal military forces to enforce the law in the United States.

“The real effect of the Posse Comitatus Act has been to slow down the response time for the use of federal troops.” [ibid.]

More information on this subject can be had by looking up the term “Operation GARDEN PLOT” which is “the DoD Civil Disturbance Plan, the generic Operations Plan [OPLAN] for military support related to domestic civil disturbances.”

This April, the US Army published a new “Techniques Publication” on how to handle civil disturbances. This document lays out in no uncertain terms just how our “heroes in uniform” have been handling “disturbances” created by our working class brothers and sisters courageously fighting for their rights under US military occupation in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

We have confirmed that this document is genuine and comes from the US Army’s own website. In it are described many of the most notorious tactics used by the military and cops against political activists, including “extraction teams” and methods to “establish lethal overwatch” by placing snipers on tall buildings overseeing the likely sites where “disturbances” might take place.

Army Techniques Publication 3-39.33 – Civil Disturbances

This all sounds very scary, but even this extreme example of police state terror has its limitations, as has been belatedly discovered by every despot who was overthrown in a revolution led by an enraged working class and/or peasantry. After all, the National Guard and the rest of the armed forces of the US are composed of our brothers, sisters, sons and daughters, and and also of poor and minority workers, who join the military not out of love for the ruling class and its government but out of desperation to find means to survive, especially at times of high unemployment. The army, therefore is very unlike the cops who more consciously hire on as the front-line defenders of capitalist private property, knowing in advance that they will be used to break strikes and to brutalize workers on a daily basis as part of their “jobs”. To the rank-and-file members of the military appeals can be made that they refrain from opening fire on their fellow workers.

Using the military to quell domestic disturbances can very easily lead to a rapid demoralization of the working-class members of the armed forces, their joining the insurrection, arresting their officers and turning the heavy guns of the military against the ruling class itself. If led by a revolutionary socialist vanguard party dedicated to the overthrow of the capitalist system, this can lead to the collapse of the government and the accession of the working class to power. In the great Russian Revolution of 1917, almost the entire Czarist army went over to the side of the Bolsheviks, who alone among all the opposition parties had promised to end the bloodbath of WWI – and who followed through on that promise upon their seizure of power. Brute force is an effective deterrent to attempts at the overthrow of the government – until it finally fails to work… at which time, as we have seen repeatedly throughout history, the end finally comes for the hated government and ruling class that has dared to attempt to extend their tenacious hold on to power by slaughtering “their own” workers in the streets of “their own” cities.

Workers of the World, Unite!

Independent Workers Party of Chicago

UPDATE:  We’ve run across another interesting unclassified US Army document entitled: “Military Intelligence – US_Army_Intelligence_Activities“.  It’s a good overview of the extent of the US Army’s domestic and international espionage activities. – IWPCHI

 

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Movie Review – CITIZENFOUR: “Speaking Truth to Power” is not What Needs to Be Done (* out of 5)

[Note: this review is being simultaneously published by the Independent Workers Party of Chicago and the Friends of WikiLeaks – Chicago on the respective websites of both groups.]

CITIZENFOUR – a film by Laura Poitras  https://citizenfourfilm.com/

We expected a lot from Laura Poitras’ new film CITIZENFOUR; we were massively disappointed.  With ex- CIA/NSA contract worker Edward Snowden still stuck in exile in Russia and the citizenry of the United States far more interested in the latest shiny objects for sale at the Apple Store than in fighting for their rapidly disappearing Constitutional rights, we had hoped that this film would be a clarion call to the workers of the United States to take action in their own self-defense by standing up in support of Snowden and his fellow heroic whistle-blowers Chelsea Manning, Julian Assange, Jeremy Hammond and others.  Instead what we get is a very tepid and shallow overview of “the story so far” of the world-shaking revelations made by Snowden exposing the US Government’s global espionage network that monitors and stores for future use every cellphone call, email message and the wealth of information derivable from our daily movements as recorded by our cellphones every day.  CITIZENFOUR should be like a nuclear howitzer blasting chunks out of the edifice of US and British imperialism; instead its effect is like that of a dozen pies thrown in the faces of a gang of war criminals.  You could say that CITIZENFOUR pulled all its punches… except for the fact that it never even attempts to throw any.  This is, by the way, the primary reason why it’s getting such great reviews from the bourgeois press.

So far as we can tell, the reason that Poitras doesn’t engage in aggressive political “agitprop” – a fact that nearly every reviewer from the bourgeois press extols as one of her film’s strengths – is apparently that she has no political axe to grind – or more accurately, she is a liberal bourgeois democratic reformist whose political aspirations rise no higher than to being one who “speaks truth to power”.  What this means in practice is that she and others like her – including Assange and Snowden – willingly self-limit the extent of their political activities to begging the “legitimate powers that be” to behave themselves and to urging the paid employees of the US capitalist ruling class that have set up the global espionage network – the bourgeois politicians in the “Five Eyes” nations – to start taking their alleged “responsibilities” to the citizens of their respective nations seriously by curbing the “excesses” that they themselves signed off on!

This kind of “inside the box” thinking may seem strange coming from the likes of Poitras, Assange, Snowden and Greenwald; but if we analyze their political philosophies in more detail it doesn’t seem strange at all.  Unless a person has consciously broken away from the worthless, selfish, greedy corporatist ideology of the capitalist system and has become a conscious Marxist revolutionary dedicated to the overthrow of the capitalist class and its economic system, one’s politics are going to be by definition REFORMIST at best; and so how can a non-revolutionary do anything else but simply beg the bourgeoisie to straighten up and fly right?  If you believe that the capitalist economic system is “the best of all possible economic systems”, and that only the capitalist class and its favored institutions of higher learning are capable of producing “legitimate” political leaders – where does that leave you politically?  It leaves you “speaking truth to power” like a good, loyal (if somewhat uppity) wage-slave!

Is CITIZENFOUR worth seeing?  For us, it was worth the price of admission just to see the “Dream Team” of Snowden, Greenwald and Poitras in the same room preparing to launch one of the world’s most impressive exposes of massive governmental abuses of power affecting everyone on the planet who has access to a telephone and/or a computer connected to the Internet.  This NSA spy scandal makes Watergate look like a pillow fight!  But the cursory overview made by the film of the extent of the revelations can’t be very compelling to anyone who hasn’t been following the story over the past year or so.  The movie barely describes the NSA and GCHQ-run “Five Eyes” espionage juggernaut; nor does it clearly show the threats of assassination and worse levied against Snowden, Assange and Greenwald by various US Government scumbags through the news media for daring to bring all this criminality into the light of day.  And, having not even really covered any of these issues, the film fails to even attempt to engage the audience in the critically important work of what is to be done: building new political parties to take down those that have erected the Big Brother spy apparatus that is intended to be used primarily to rapidly identify political opponents of the US, UK, Australian, Canadian and New Zealand Governments INSIDE  THEIR RESPECTIVE NATION-STATES!  This is, after all, the real purpose of all this espionage: to create a database of the day-to-day activities of every citizen of the world’s leading capitalist states in order to identify and neutralize them if they should ever seek to organize seriously threatening political opposition to the neo-fascist police states being set up in the US and its partners in the “Five Eyes” nations.  The primary target of all this espionage isn’t foreign terrorism: the target is the domestic working-class political opposition that – if it turns in a revolutionary socialist direction – potentially threatens the continued class rule of the capitalist classes of the world.  The capitalist classes of the US and UK in particular have absolutely no intention of sharing political power with the numerically and economically vastly superior working class that creates all the wealth under capitalism.  Any attempt by the domestic working classes of the US or UK to throw off the yoke of capitalist exploitation through political or economic strike action will immediately be placed under the microscope of the global espionage network, where the movement’s leaders will be quickly identified, isolated and “neutralized” – physically if the capitalists deem it to be necessary.  This is precisely what makes so extremely dangerous  the Obama Administration’s precedent-setting legal findings asserting that a sitting US President has the “right” to order the assassination of any US citizen whose writings or friends and associates he – or more accurately his employers in the US capitalist class – do not like.

This is not crazy commie paranoia speaking here: the Obama Administration has openly admitted that it has murdered four US citizens in drone strikes overseas – that we know of; and the US government maintains a “watch list” of its perceived opponents that already had a million people listed on it in 2009 – and it is being constantly updated. In 2013 it was reported that an additional 450,000 people were “nominated” to be added to the list – with few of the nominees escaping that dubious honor.

The faith in the hired political lackeys of the bourgeoisie implicitly espoused by Poitras, Greenwald, Snowden and Assange; their placid belief that steady pressure applied to the so-called liberal “left-wing” and Libertarian sections of the political class will ultimately win the day and allow the necessary political reforms to be enacted is, quite frankly, absurd – and evidence of a political immaturity in all of them that is quite shocking, especially considering what they have learned since Snowden came forward with his revelations.  Those actual members of the US or UK capitalist classes who go to see CITIZENFOUR will undoubtedly feel a tremendous relief in their discovery that these potentially dangerous opponents of the capitalist class are, in fact, posing no serious threat to the status quo at all.  The capitalists and their spies and hired guns can sleep a bit easier knowing that Poitras, Assange, Snowden and Greenwald – for all their genuine courage and excellent work in exposing the crimes of the ruling class – have set for themselves only the pathetic task of “speaking truth to power”.   That is something that the ruling class can listen to from Assange, Snowden – or anyone else, for that matter – for ever, condescendingly acknowledging and even thanking them profusely for their heroic selflessness in bringing to the world’s attention these “serious issues” – while doing absolutely nothing substantial to change the workings of the national security state at all.  Viewed in this way, CITIZENFOUR becomes just another pointless pantomime rebellion in the long, bloody history of capitalism.  The capitalists will, first of all, breathe a deep sigh of relief now that it’s clear that the film isn’t presenting an indictment of the capitalist class or their system; then, having been let largely off the hook by the film’s protagonists, we expect the capitalist class to continue to do what they have in fact been doing: applauding the film.   Perhaps Poitras and Greenwald will be invited to  testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee to speak “truth to power” on CSPAN; or at the Council on Foreign Relations… or at the United Nations or one of the capitalist soirees like the annual hand-wringing exercise at Davos, Switzerland.   Finally, perhaps, the capitalist class will direct the editors of their news media conglomerates to heap praise on the film and even to heartily recommend that it be awarded the Palme ‘d’Or, or even an Oscar or two!  This is how activist filmmakers like Poitras and investigative journalists like Greenwald are co-opted by the capitalist class and transformed from courageous opponents of the capitalist system to prominent pro-regime songbirds publicly displayed in golden cages. Ask Barbara Kopple or Bob Woodward how it’s done.

Poitras, Greenwald et al are, we believe, decent, courageous and apparently honest bourgeois reformist journalists.  But we ask our readers to imagine how much further along in investigating, exposing and successfully fighting this impending global police state we’d be if the documents unleashed by Snowden had been placed not in the hands of “responsible journalists” but in the hands of worker-revolutionaries who weren’t so loyally censoring the documents in order to “protect the agents and assets” of the racist, bloodthirsty and greed-obsessed US capitalist class and its spy organizations!  Snowden makes clear in the movie that his motivation for placing the blockbuster documents he purloined from the NSA into the hands of trustworthy representatives of the bourgeois press was that he wanted to be sure that there would be no reckless release of information that would seriously damage the “legitimate” goals of the shadow government of the US!  Greenwald et al have scrupulously respected the “sacred trust” placed in them by Snowden to protect the “family jewels” of the espionage agencies of US and British imperialism.  This is disgusting!  Instead of placing the interests of the 7.2 billion workers of the world above all else, Snowden and his team are protecting the “legitimate rights” of the microscopically small capitalist class against those of the multi-billion strong international working class!  Snowden and his collaborators are doing a tremendous service for the US and British capitalist classes, which are, by the way, going to repay them and all of us by imposing their will on the world – both internationally and domestically – through increasingly brutal military and police-state force.  To throw the US and British capitalist classes such a huge life-preserver when they should instead be having ANCHORS tied to their necks is to betray the entire human race in order to maintain the tenuous and despotic rule of a class of criminals responsible for the perpetuation of the horrors of a capitalist world in which – to name just one major example – the world does little or nothing while 17,000 children die of starvation every single day!  There is nothing “legitimate” about the capitalist class or their “interests”!  Every effort should be made to destroy the NSA, the CIA and the US military and the cretinous ruling class that spawned them – not to save them!

Nothing short of workers revolution can change the increasingly deranged plans of the US capitalist class.  They have plans of global military domination of the entire planet that go far beyond what even Adolf Hitler envisioned; so long as their political opponents refuse to form working class revolutionary parties to overthrow the capitalist class and system, the ruling capitalists have nothing to fear.

The working class, however, DOES have something to fear from the fact that most of their erstwhile leaders are so completely dedicated to the continuation of the brutal capitalist system that they are prepared to follow the capitalist class all the way down the road to hell, where the fascists and eventually World War Three will put an end to this historical epoch – and perhaps throw the human race back into a pre-industrial stage of development.  Apparently, these folks think that they have more to gain from clinging to the coat-tails of the capitalist class than they can gain by fighting for the emancipation of the workers of the world.  If they insist on taking the capitalist road, that’s fine; but let’s not imagine that because THEY are heading down that road, that we, too, must take that well-worn path to political oblivion.  We’re not followers – we aspire to be revolutionary workers leaders. We warn the Poitrases and Greenwalds of the world of the dangers that lie ahead; we try to point out the reasons why we disagree with them; we urge them to take the high rather than the low road; but we can’t force them to lead a workers revolution.  They are simply not revolutionaries; perhaps it’s just not in their nature to be revolutionaries.  It’s a pity, but that is, in the end, their problem – we don’t need to make it ours.

The working class must look elsewhere than to Poitras, Snowden, Assange and Greenwald for the political leadership necessary to lead the workers of the world out of the dead end of the capitalist stage of development and into the next stage: that of socialism.  It’s “socialism or barbarism” brothers and sisters, just like Marx, Engels, Lenin, Luxemburg, and Trotsky explained to us so many years ago!  Now –  as then – to ignore the warnings of those great, selfless and honest internationalist leaders of the working class is to help the capitalist class pave the road leading to the hell of the next – and possibly this time, the last – world war.

Workers of the World, Unite!

IWPCHI and Friends of WikiLeaks – Chicago

US, NATO, UN: Hands off North Korea! US Military Provocation, Propaganda Barrage Continues as China Stabs N. Korea in Back

The massive war propaganda operation being run by the United States capitalist class and its imperialist allies’ news media operations against the heroic nation of North Korea continues unabated today.   The capitalist press lying “coverage” of the North Korea story is so heavily self-censored that it is quite amazing even for those of us who have seen this type of operation many times before.  Just Google “North Korea Threatens Nuclear Strike” and see how far a lie can go while the truth is just putting on its boots!

The full focus of the massive, internationally coordinated campaign of lies and slanders against the North Korean workers state is that the North Koreans have been made to be so “irrational” at the threat of new sanctions that the North Korean government has threatened to attack the US mainland with nuclear bombs – something that everyone who knows anything at all about the North Korean military knows is not even possible.  North Korea does not, in fact, possess missiles capable of carrying nuclear bombs to the US mainland – or even Hawaii! Every military analyst on the planet knows this, but still the US capitalist press spreads this Goebbels-esque lie.

The fact is that, although they are justifiably angry that their nation is being “punished” by the US imperialists’ puppets and allies at the UN like a naughty child for the “crime” of attempting to defend its own borders,  the principal source for the North Koreans’ anger is actually yet another vicious military provocation and imminent threat against North Korea – the massive  joint US/South Korean military war “games” most charmingly and patronizingly named “Operation Foal Eagle”.   The very existence of this weeks-long series of military exercises seemingly designed to provoke North Korea into an attack against US and South Korean military forces operating within 50 miles of its coastline has been almost completely expunged from the capitalist press.  Hardly a word has been written about “Foal Eagle”, in which a huge armada of naval, air and land forces – including over 10,000 U.S. soldiers – and the entire South Korean military are engaged in “mock attacks” on North Korea, “exercises” in which US and South Korean Air Forces practice “fake” bombing runs aimed at key North Korean military and political targets.  If the North Koreans had the capability of carrying out “war games” like this just outside Chesapeake Bay, the US would go FUCKING APESHIT!  But it’s OK when the big, cowardly, bully US government threatens yet another tiny little country that dares to stand up to US imperialism!  In fact, it’s so “OK” with the lying US capitalist press that they pretend it’s not even happening!

In yesterday’s newspapers, the main thrust of imperialist propaganda was the passage in the UN – with the criminal assistance of the fake-“communist” government of China – of a new regime of sanctions against North Korea, intended to tighten the noose around the throats of the working people of that long-suffering, tiny workers state.  The United States government, unable to defeat North Korea militarily during the Korean War – in spite of unleashing massive chemical warfare and bombing campaigns against the civilian population – and unable to buy the leaders of North Korea outright, seeks to strangle this tiny country to death economically.  North Korea – the 99th largest country in the world, a country of 120,000 square kilometers (roughly the size of Pennsylvania) is portrayed by the lying capitalist press as a crazed, nuclear-armed Goliath “threatening” the “peaceful” US – the 3rd largest country in the world, possessing a huge nuclear arsenal – with nuclear annihilation – for no reason at all besides the “fact” that the North Koreans are “deranged”.   The astonishing ability of the world’s capitalist press to successfully spread this “big lie” campaign is testimony to the credulity and the poor education of the working class around the world, but particularly in the United States itself.

The US working class has been bludgeoned into a state of near-complete apathy by the constant lies of the politicians of the twin capitalist parties in the US, as well as the massive destruction of the standard of living of the workers since the latest collapse of US capitalism in 2008.  Poorly educated and subject to constant nationalist propaganda proclaiming that the capitalist system of the US has produced the highest standard of living and most thriving democracy in the world when neither “fact” is even remotely close to the truth, the working class staggers blindly forward, convinced that “there’s nothing we can do” about a government that almost no one in the country actually supports.  Only about 30% of the adults eligible to vote actually bother to do so, certain as they are that it doesn’t matter which party they vote for, they’ll be screwed either way.  While this is certainly the truth as regards the twin political pillars of the US capitalist system, it does not absolve the US working class of the responsibility of taking matters into our own hands and changing the situation for the better.  No one else can do it but us, the US working class – we are responsible for our own destinies.   To sit around as if we – 300,000,000 of us in – potentially – the most powerful working class on the face of the planet – are helpless children at the mercy of the 500 capitalists – 500! – who own 50% of the nation’s wealth is to act, not like proud workers but as abject slaves, broken in spirit and sullenly slouching off to work every day like the good little debt-peons the capitalist class wants us to be!

Meanwhile, the workers of the world look at the US and wonder why such relatively privileged working people stand around like idiots doing nothing to stop “their own” government that goes around the world crushing tiny country after tiny country, murdering men, women and children from Afghanistan to Iraq, Libya to Mali, South America to the Philippines and threatening to erase Iran and North Korea from the face of the Earth for “daring” to stand up to the United States!  Wake up, brothers and sisters!  “Your” government is poised, right now as you read this to commit one of the most heinous war crimes in the history of the world: the nuclear annihilation of tiny North Korea!  We have to stop this from happening!  The North Korean workers have NEVER threatened and do not now threaten the working class of the United States in ANY WAY.  But the continued existence of North Korea – a Stalinist workers state that overthrew capitalism in the 1950s and continues to defend their socialist country in defiance of the US capitalist class – ENRAGES the US capitalist class, which can’t bribe, steal or militarily smash this courageous little country unless they can somehow provoke North Korea into a desperate defensive attack on the US military juggernaut that is poised at this very hour to invade North Korea and crush that country into submission for the “crime” of trying to build socialism in one little country!

As you read this, the United States has 11,000 soldiers and complete land, sea and air forces conducting threatening military maneuvers – mock attacks – against North Korea!  It is as if the Russians and Chinese were holding joint military exercises in Chesapeake Bay “practicing” bombing runs on Washington D.C.!  THIS is what the North Koreans are pissed off about; THIS is why one of their military leaders went “off-message” and threatened to bomb the United States!  It’s because the long-suffering North Koreans are sick and tired of being threatened with annihilation by the most powerful military power in the world – the United States!  If the United States government truly believes that the North Koreans are “crazy enough” to attempt to attack the US with the handful of nukes they possess – which would mean risking the complete destruction of North Korea in a US nuclear counter-strike – WHY is the US capitalist class engaged in such provocative war moves right off the coast of North Korea?  Are they trying to get the North Koreans to panic and attack the US forces, thus “justifying” a US counter-attack?  Is this another secret war plan like the US plans to enter WWII only after provoking Japan to attack Pearl Harbor, or the phony pretext for the massive attack on Vietnam, the “Gulf of Tonkin incident”?

THE ANSWER IS: YES!!  The US capitalist class wants revenge for the humiliating military defeat the North Koreans handed them in the Korean War.  They want to wipe off the face of the Earth any government that dares to stand up to the US, from Cuba to Libya to Iraq to Vietnam to China to North Korea!  They will murder as many people as they feel they “have to” in order to maintain the position of the US capitalist class as the dominant economic power in the world – a dominance which is ONLY made possible by the existence of the huge US war machine, as the US economy has been looted to the point where the US is by far the world’s greatest debtor nation – a beggar armed to the teeth and threatening to destroy the planet in order to keep that hideous gang of thieves – the US capitalist class – “on top” of the world!

The United States is a BROKE-ASS-BROKE, has-been capitalist country that manufactures nothing worth a damn except weapons with which to continually threaten their rival capitalists with.  The standard of living for workers in the US – in case you haven’t noticed, brother and sister WAGE-SLAVES! – has been steadily declining since the 1960s.  Last year real wages in the US declined – according to lying  “official” figures – by 0.4%!   Millions of US workers are unemployed; 1/5 of US children live “at or below” the poverty level; college graduates, saddled with massive debts, can’t find jobs; millions of workers are working part-time in jobs they are vastly overqualified for just desperately trying to make ends meet; millions of families have been thrown out of their homes and apartments as the lost their jobs during the last recession… and you are being told by the government that THIS IS THE BEST OF ALL POSSIBLE WORLDS!  Do you believe this?

And now, “your” sick government, a bought-and-paid-for, wholly owned subsidiary of the US capitalist class – which makes up less that 5% of the US population – wants YOU to sit there like stupid assholes while they smash the shit out of tiny North Korea, and then maybe move on to Iran and do the same thing, so that capitalist class can move their army just this/much closer to the border of China – the real target of US imperialism, against whom they wish to wage World War Three!  Will you sit there pretending that there is “nothing you can do” like you did when the FBI murdered the women and children at Waco, Texas?  Will you sit there like the stupid slaves they want you to be while they lie to crush millions of your fellow workers, like they did in Iraq and Afghanistan, Vietnam and El Salvador, Guatemala and the Philippines, Indonesia and Chile and Panama and Libya?

The Associated Press published an article on the North Korean situation yesterday that was probably 5,000 words long that did not even mention ONE TIME the fact that the US and South Korea are at this very minute holding very provocative war “games” using live ammunition and planes and submarines with very real bombs and missiles just off the coast of North Korea!  They are “practicing” amphibious landings and live nuclear attacks using B-52 and Stealth bombers “pretending” to take runs at the capital of North Korea, Pyongyang, and then turning away at the last minute!  Is it any wonder that the North Koreans are so goddamned pissed off?

This isn’t the first time that the US has carried out such naked military provocations against North Korea: they have been doing it every year since the signing of the “Armistice” between North and South Korea in 1953!  If anything has been proven beyond a doubt by this, it is the fact that the US government is a deranged, warmongering country and the North Koreans are incredibly stable and capable of tolerating incredible pressure in such situations!  How do they keep from defending themselves in these situations?  What would the US do if China was holding such a military exercise in international waters 200 miles off the coast of Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay, within minutes of striking distance from Washington D.C.??

China’s role in this international conspiracy of capitalist states to crush North Korea is especially disgusting.  The Chinese Maoist bureaucracy is so far gone down the road to the restoration of capitalism in China that it is quite repulsive to behold.  These scum, whose own fathers, mothers grandfathers and grandmothers fought like heroes to free China from the grip of landlordism and savage, racist exploitation at the hands of international capitalism are now selling out the millions of heroic Chinese workers who gave their lives in the Chinese Revolution – for cash.  Chinese Stalinism/Maoism is in its death throes, having decided, like their counterparts in the USSR, that it’s better to just stuff their pockets with cash and loot the collectivised economy rather than defend the revolution.  They are selling the graves of their ancestors for a few pieces of silver.  The Chinese fake-“communist” government needs to be overthrown by the Chinese working class in a political revolution that defends socialism and kicks the capitalists out of China for ever!

The North Koreans fought heroically, side-by-side with their Chinese brothers and sisters during the Chinese Revolution.  In fact, it is quite possible that there would never have BEEN a successful Chinese Revolution if not for the efforts of at least 100,000 Korean Communists who were forced to flee to China when the Japanese invaded Korea and hunted down the communist workers like dogs.  The Korean worker-communists became the leading cadres of the Chinese Revolution in eastern Chinese cities and along the Korean-Chinese border.  Thousands of Koreans gave their lives fighting on the side of the Chinese workers in a real internationalist effort to overthrow the Japanese imperialist yoke that attempted to drown the Chinese workers movement in blood.  And now these disgusting nouveau-riche Chinese “communist party” scum repay the Korean workers by stabbing them in the back at the UN, voting to extend the sanctions regime pushed by blood-soaked US imperialism against the North Korean workers!  The depravity of the leadership of the Chinese “Communist Party” apparently knows no bounds – greed has completely infected their minds to such an extent that they literally sell their erstwhile North Korean comrades to the capitalist hangmen for bags full of US dollars!   Here’s hoping that the mighty Chinese working class gives these criminals in the Communist Party of China what they deserve: long prison sentences for betraying the Chinese working class and selling out the Revolution to world capitalism!  For workers political revolution in China!  Defend socialism and throw the foreign capitalists and their “communist party” puppets into the China Sea!

Workers of the World, Unite!

IWPCHI