The kicking out of US puppet
Up to now, the most advanced
process of rebellion against the capitalist regime has gone the furthest in
Imperialism was worried- if
they allowed the Gaddafi regime to be smashed by an armed revolution of the
working class, every capitalist regime would have been immediately under threat
of being overthrown in a similar way. This was why the first step was to send
This allowed imperialism to pose as ‘saviours’ of the unarmed ‘civilians’ while launching an invasion whose primary objective is to stop the world process of their puppet regimes being expelled by the armed masses. Thus the objective of imperialism is to crush the Libyan revolution and to disarm the masses. To achieve this objective, imperialism works from within for their middle class lackeys to capture the leadership of the masses and from without through the massacres by Gaddafi and the imperialist invasion.
The imperialist invasion
marks a new phase in the attacks by imperialism on the masses in revolt. Thus,
as part of the same strategy to crush the revolts with an iron fist, are the
widespread use of live ammunition and snipers to continuously shoot down the
unarmed masses in
These acts of desperation by imperialism and their lackeys show that the fire of revolution has not been put out; on the contrary, the fires are spreading.
The UN resolution 1973 (2011) creates the conditions for the imperialist invasion against the Libyan masses
While claiming to ‘exclude a foreign occupation force’, the resolution allows the invading imperialist forces to use ‘all necessary measures’ which means that they can send in troops to support the crushing of the masses. Further, the so-called Panel of experts which are to oversee the process of ‘democratization’ has a mandate for at least one year. Thus the drafters of the resolution knew that the invasion was not going to be for a few days or a week or two but allows troops to be put in the region and on the ground for at least one year. Further, while the resolution refers the Libyan regime to the International Criminal Court, the invading forces are indemnified through a no claim clause (no 27) where no person who suffers any losses will be allowed to claim in any court against the invaders- thus US and other imperialism has a blanket amnesty under which they can commit genocide and kill at will - in short the imperialist occupation of Libya with the aim of smashing the masses is a central aim of the UN resolution.
The whole resolution was
designed to create a pretext to invade. Suddenly imperialism claimed to be
worried about foreign nationals. Most of these ‘foreign nationals’ are
immigrant workers who have long been underpaid, suppressed and exploited while
working for the imperialist companies operating in Libya. Rather ironically
they want to compel Gaddafi to ‘protect civilians and meet their basic needs’
when imperialism capitalism nowhere on the planet has met the needs of the
working class. Suddenly concern is raised for human rights and refugee law
,when since 1948 the UN has sat idly by while
The resolution was drafted in such a way that the Gaddafi regime could not meet the terms and thus the invasion could take place.
At the same time a special
UN envoy is being sent to
The resolution talks of
‘concern for safety of foreign nationals and their rights’ which hints at the
task of invading to defend to property rights of imperialist assets in
An arms embargo is placed on
In the first days of the
bombing campaign by imperialism they destroyed not only the military
The so-called Panel of experts can at any stage ‘strengthen’ the terms of the invasion- a blank cheque handed to imperialism to commit the worst atrocities in defence of their ‘right’ to exploit the masses of the world.
The treacherous role of the middle class and the reformist leaders
In the UN Security Council it was the Lebanese government, and thus Hezbollah, that proposed this resolution, which shows that in times of deep crisis of imperialism, when the masses are threatening with revolution, the forces of Hariri and Hezbollah stand shoulder to shoulder, against masses.
If the Africa regimes (SA,
The leading role of the
Egyptian military dictatorship in proposing the ‘no fly zone’ in the Arab
League, shows that the Arab League and the Egyptian military are nothing but
puppets of imperialism. Further, the role of much of the ‘left’, the April 6
movement, the Muslim Brotherhood and other middle class and bourgeois
forces in promoting pacifism in
The ISO (International Socialist Organization), in the form of the Egyptian Socialists played a role in diverting the mass struggle into economic demands when the question of the working class taking power was on the cards. It was only when workers began a general strike from the 12th February, with the masses starting to break from pacifist methods by going to surround the parliament buildings and the presidential palace, that imperialism realized that the masses were breaking from the reformist leadership- imperialism gave the instruction for Mubarak to go and thus handed back the initiative to the middle class forces to maintain their control. If Mubarak had stayed longer the base of the army would have joined the masses, splitting from the officer caste which was still openly siding with Mubarak. It was under these conditions that the supporters of the Egyptian Socialists were saying that the military should take over and that the fight should now go to demands at factory level (ie not an immediate fight for the working class to take power using its own methods). The Egyptian Socialists thus helped turn the strike movement into a pressure tool against the Mubarak regime, raising no independent working class programme for the working class to take power; there was no call to turn the general strike into a revolutionary general strike in order to overthrow the Mubarak regime. Throughout the process the trade union leaders made no call for a general strike to bring down the regime- in fact they tried their best to keep the working class off the street, playing a key role in maintaining capitalist economic relations, ie keeping workers enslaved to the imperialists; at the same time the union leaders were curbing the offensive of the masses especially in times of revolution. For a workers revolution to succeed, the working class has to break with the treacherous trade union leaders.
The concentration of the
Egyptian Socialists on economic demands of the workers, instead of a struggle
for the workers to take political power in their own hands, helped to create
illusions that fundamental change would come from above. The support by the
April 6 movement and others from the middle class of the capitalist
‘referendum’ and even accepting its outcome, when the masses rejected it, shows
the treacherous role of the middle class. In the referendum on proposed changes
to the constitution, even with the minimal changes to the constitution of the
dictatorship, even though the April 6 movement called for a no-vote, only 41%
of the electorate took part. Of this, 77% voted yes, thus only 31% of the total
electorate supported the ‘changes’. This shows that the masses have largely
broken from illusions in the capitalist parliament but that the critical role
in tying the masses to the military dictatorship is being played by the middle
class organizations such as the April 6 movement and the bourgeois Muslim
Brotherhood. The referendum results show that the Egyptian masses are breaking
from their treacherous leaders and the path to revolution is still open. This
Imperialism has the
resources to prepare the groundwork over years for a reserve reactionary layer
from the middle class, posing as oppositional forces, to rescue it at times of
crisis- thus they fund NGO’s to gather intelligence and to corrupt the emerging
layers among the vanguard fighters, they organise student exchanges for the
cream of the youth to be taken to their universities to be brainwashed with
capitalist ideology. The commander of the ITNC armed forces in
The Way Forward
The leadership of the struggle against capitalist regimes, be they of the form of open dictatorship or supposed parliamentary democracy, cannot be left in the hands of the middle class. In the semi-colonies all the capitalist regimes have no independent existence from imperialism. It is important to fight for independence of the working class organizations. For the working class demands to be met requires a complete dismantling of the repressive organs of the state, disbanding and disarming the police and the army, integrating the rank and file soldiers into armed workers militia, the setting up of soviets (or councils of workers delegates with delegates from rank and file soldiers) that sets itself the task of taking power into its own hands, expropriating all imperialist assets without compensation, placing them under workers control.
Thus we call on the working
Every worker in the US, UK , France etc should ask why trillions of dollars and euros are used on wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Libya, while workers have education cut, health care cut, jobs cut, forced to work longer, to die at the lathe. It is time to take forward the struggle for power, starting preparations for general strikes to bring down the imperialist regimes. Cancel the bailouts of the imperialist banks- let them go down. Let us paralyze the imperialist war machinery. For general strike committees of the rank and file workers and unemployed.
The fascist state of
The conditions are ripe for the urban and rural working class to take over the leadership of the struggle for bread, work and freedom.
For the masses to eat and work the working class needs to take power in the semi-colonies and in the imperialist centres.
We call for the setting up of a preparatory committee to set up a revolutionary International, based on the above programme, which we say is the basis for the refounding of the Fourth International. As part of this process is the setting up of revolutionary working class parties as sections of this International.
Forward to Socialism!