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No foreign takeover of the Arab revolutions!
Stop the U.S./UN war against Libya!
The foreign military bombardment now raining down on Libya is in no
sense a humanitarian defense of Libya’s people against dictator Moammar
Gadhafi. It is an opportunistic move by Western powers, above all the
U.S., against the democratic uprisings shaking North Africa and the
Working people all over the world are in sympathy with the Libyan
oppositionists. As the rebels began to lose ground against Gadhafi’s
soldiers and thugs, it is no wonder that many people both inside and
outside of Libya clutched desperately at the hope that, this time, the U.S.
and former colonialists meant the noble phrases they mouthed.
Learning from Iraq and Afghanistan: no such thing as a “good”
But all experience shows that this hope is cruelly unfounded. The schemes
and colonial occupations of the U.S. and Europe have left much of Africa
and the Middle East divided, impoverished, and without basic rights, ruled
by tyrants friendly to Western countries and their oil-sucking conglomerates.
Now that the people are rebelling – and with the corporations thirstier for
profits than ever – can we really believe that the imperialists are siding
The bombing of Libya began on the eighth anniversary of the start of the
war against Iraq. That war, too, was advertised as a war to deliver a
population from oppression (as well as to save the world from nuclear
weapons Iraq didn’t have and from terrorists Iraq didn’t sponsor). In the
“humanitarian” actions against Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s estimated
conservatively that 920,000 civilians and soldiers have died. Workers and
young people pay the price of shameful wars – which are still going on!
In Libya, the imperialists have promised a quick, “no boots on the ground”
intervention that will spare civilians. This will be just as much of a lie in
Libya as it was in Iraq. And each deadly Tomahawk missile fired on Libya
costs working-class taxpayers, reeling from layoffs and budget cuts,
$1.4 million. In four days of war, 160 of these missiles were fired, for a
total of $224 million.
That’s equivalent to an awful lot of library and public health center closures.
And it’s one more good reason for the U.S. and European working people
to feel a powerful bond with the working people of Libya. From Madison,
Wisconsin, to Tripoli and Cairo, the need is clearly for a new economic
system, one that builds mutually rewarding international relationships based
on fulfilling human needs and aspirations: socialism.
What the unfinished revolutions need: revolutionary parties
At any cost, the U.S. wants to prevent the brave mass insurgencies of
North Africa and the Middle East from concluding that socialism is the
solution. Everything it does in Libya will be designed to keep power –
and Libya’s oil wells! – out of the hands of working-class Libyan women,
men, and youth. President Obama and his people are most likely already
nurturing relations with a secret list of “acceptable” replacements for
Gadhafi (who has recently been a valuable ally, despite his anti-imperialist
Between Gadhafi’s superior force and the deceitful maneuvers of the U.S.
and Europe, the Libyan opposition is up against it. Support from other
working people can improve their immediate prospects. Unions,
neighboring insurgencies, and organizations with the capability to get
weapons or humanitarian aid to the rebels should do so. With enough
determination and support, the U.S. war machine can be backed off!
But, as people across the zone of revolt are finding, there are limits to what
can be achieved spontaneously, through sheer, fired-up numbers. Even in
Egypt and Tunisia, where hated regimes were successfully overthrown, it
is becoming apparent that this is only an enormous first step to securing
The people of the region need revolutionary parties. Parties make
possible an ongoing analysis of victories and defeats, collective
identification of goals, development of strategy and the discipline to carry
it out, and the bringing of people together across lines of gender, tribe,
religion, and national origin. It will take some time to develop these
Defend the revolt in Libya through revolt at home
What U.S. workers, peace activists, and radicals do right now is crucial in
giving Libya’s people the breathing space they need to carry their
revolution forward. We must continue to demand the ouster of Gadhafi.
Our biggest contribution, though, would be to create our own domestic
unrest, combining protest against U.S. military intervention and against
the horrendous attacks on workers’ rights here.
There are no shortcuts: only the Libyan people can win their own
liberation – with as much help from their working-class friends
internationally as we can give.
U.S. and UN out of Libya!
End the wars against Iraq and Afghanistan! All out for anti-war
actions on April 9 and 10!
For democracy through socialism in North Africa and the