Statement on war with Syria

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11/08/2018 by socialistfight

The Anti-Imperialist United Front
Towards the end of the International Perspectives we established the global hegemonic position of the USA, its great finance capital institutions in Wall Street and its allied transnational corporations with corresponding military might to defend the dollar as the world’s trading and reserve currency. For all British workers and those in the metropolitan centres of global imperialism and primarily their vanguard who aspire to lead them in revolution or struggle for radical change opposition we must take as our guiding principle the following quote from Trotsky: “The struggle against war and its social source, capitalism, presupposes direct, active, unequivocal support to the oppressed colonial peoples in their struggles and wars against imperialism. A ‘neutral’ position is tantamount to support of imperialism.” Resolution on the Antiwar Congress of the London Bureau (July 1936).
Morally Assad, Gadhafi and Saddam were no better than imperialism, although their crimes were but a tiny fraction of the crimes of imperialism. US-dominated global imperialism is still the main, central enemy of all humanity. Stalin slaughtered the entire generation that fought and won the Russian Revolution to appease imperialism, he allied with Britain, France and the USA up to August 1939 on the class collaborationist policy of the Popular Front, then with Adolph Hitler until 22 June 1941, when he invaded the USSR and then again with Roosevelt and Churchill, but Trotsky never wavered in his defence of the USSR. Imperialism attacked then and now not because of their ‘crimes’ – only the very naive or the politically pro-imperialist would swallow all that lying propaganda about ‘peace, justice and democracy’ offensive by the imperialist mass media that accompanies all invasion and attempts at regime change directly or by proxy – that has always been the hall mark of imperialism both in its pre-imperialist colonial phase and in its present imperialist neo-colonial phase.
No, it is the economies of these countries they wish to capture and dominate by their finance capitalists and transnational corporations. The bourgeois nationalists collaborate with imperialists, become their agents when they can but when imperialism directly attacks them they are obliged to fight for their lives and therefore for what remains of the sovereignty of the nation they rule. As with the Nazis in 1939: “Who marches in with the first German tank? / Herr Director Rasche from the Dresden Bank”
Therefore, support for Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria necessarily means support for the rulers of these lands against imperialism when and in so far as they fight imperialism. It does contradict those who say you must make a political and uncritical defence of these rulers and their politics. Trotsky defended the USSR against imperialist attack despite the crime of Stalin because he defended the remaining gains of the Russian Revolution in its nationalised property relations.
The same principle applies to semi-colonial world – against US imperialism, still the global hegemon and its subordinate EU/Japanese etc. imperialisms always, with the semi-colonial bourgeois in defence of the remaining sovereignty of the nation and with the petty bourgeois nationalists only when they fight imperialism – NOT with the ‘peace-process’ ones who sell out and betray their own people with the lie that this will stop the imperialist offensive. We are not afraid of exposing the vacillations of Gerry Adams, Nelson Mandela, Abdullah Öcalan, Assad, Gaddafi, Saddam, Chavez, Castro or Kim Jong-un, just as Trotsky before us was not afraid of exposing the crimes of Stalin. That is the principle of the United Front and the Anti-Imperialist United Front.
Many amongst the populations of these lands are well aware of the crimes of their leaders. Assad is popular because they do not want to fall victim to a far worse fate, there was never any kind of a ‘democratic revolution’ on offer in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya or Syria. The population knew that, and they correctly chose the best option. Those that demand the overthrow of Assad are in reality demanding the victory of barbaric Sharia law. If the US/UK bombing had gone ahead in 2013, and it nearly did, thwarted only by 13 votes in the House of Commons and the opposition of the House of Representatives in the US because of the mass popular opposition, ISIS would then have conquered the whole of Syria and have moved on from there.
Only by the truth can we make any appeal to the working class in the region and internationally and begin to forge the international that can unite the global working class in all lands to overthrow imperialism internationally.
It is important to abstract the lessons of this struggle over Libya. This defensive concept has a wide application to other similar situations. A defeat of the remaining workers states of North Korea and Cuba, of any other oppressed semi-colonial nations or of any of the guerrilla organisations military fighting Imperialism; Irish Republicans, Colombian FARC, the Taliban, the Iraqi fighters, Maoists in India and Nepal, etc. is a defeat for the global working class in their fight against their own ruling classes; the anti-imperialist struggle is an absolutely essential part of the class struggle.
At the same time, we cannot be identified with those fake Trotskyists like Michel Pablo, Ernest Mandel, Guillermo Lora, Nahuel Moreno, James Cannon, Joseph Hansen, Pierre Lambert, Pierre Frank, Alain Krivine, Gerry Healy etc. who ideologically and politically capitulated to Stalinism and to semi-colonial petty-bourgeois nationalists like Tito, Mao, Ben Bella in Algeria, Castro, Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein, Yasser Arafat, etc. and many others. We have to make the class differences in the orientation of our fight against the Imperialism. But we demand critical but unconditional defence of the bureaucratised workers’ states, all oppressed nations and all the guerrilla organizations fighting against Imperialism. This is the touchstone by which we judge all international movements; for or against global finance capitalism, i.e. Imperialism, the prime enemy of all progressive humanity.
Like the early Comintern we regard this as the natural extension of the United Front (UF) tactic in the domestic class struggle; with the trade union and labour movement leaders in struggle against the bosses where possible, without and against them where necessary to carry the struggle to victory. This is the UF from both above and below; demands on the existing misleaders of the working class, independently mobilising their base to set it against the leadership in struggle.”

Communist League Tampa

This statement reflects the general views and positions of the Communist League of Tampa. 

“Death to Imperialism!”

We, the Communist League of Tampa, resolutely oppose the recent attacks on Syria that have united the Democratic and Republican war-machine. An attack on the people of Syria is an attack on our fellow citizens of the world and must be opposed for that reason alone. US intervention has always increased civilian deaths and instability, as it will be done on the terms of the financiers and industrialists who rule our government and carve the world into spheres to plunder for financial profits. The capitalist class has decided once and for all that Trump is fit to rule the US now that he has given up his isolationist pretensions. In their sick eyes this has made him truly “presidential.” Yet Trump is merely falling in line with the needs of the ruling capitalist…

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