Providing a haven for retired US generals shows the violent
essence of 100 years of the ANC
Re: Response to US General’s letter in Brief Points (Let’s get perspective on US involvement in Iraq) Tuesday Jan 3rd
We would like to thank
retired Brigadier General (US Airforce) Bill
Constantine, for his rather arrogant and patronising response to Abdullah Saeed’s letter. You inadvertently expose the violent
essence of 18 years of ANC-SACP rule and demonstrate that the ANC-SACP is a total
lackey of US
You claim that under US
‘guidance’, ‘democracy’ and a ‘freely elected government’ have been
‘accomplished’ in Iraq. How could there have been any ‘freely’
elected regimes while the country was under US military occupation and then
(and now) the US
controls the military expenditure and all other aspects of the Iraqi budget?
The people of Iraq never invited the US invasion.
The pretext of the invasion was the supposed existence of ‘weapons of mass
destruction’. It turns out that the only ones with weapons of mass destruction
was the US
military. The US military
destroyed the infrastructure and then awarded US companies the contracts for
‘reconstruction’. It has been estimated that the US military industrial complex and
related monopolies have made $3 trillion from the boon of the spread of US
‘democracy’. Indeed ‘democracy’ is seen as the right of one or other imperialist
to exclusive plunder a region of the globe. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis
perished while receiving this ‘boon’ of US democracy (see the Lancet report on the some of the deaths
caused by the invasion).
You want to show the
‘greatness’ of US imperialism by quoting the sacrifices of 4500 troops and
32000 injured in the Iraqi invasion. Now let’s see, the $3 trillion and the
securing of Iraqi oil forever, is but a ‘small’ gain in this exercise. It shows
that the Iraqi invasion was not about the rights of Iraqis but about the
absolute right of US
imperialism to plunder. Why is it that returning US soldiers are ripping off
their medals and military stripes and throwing them away (see the you-tube videos on the Democracy Now website)? They report their trauma at being ordered
and rewarded for their systematic ‘kills’ of innocent Iraqis. We can only wonder
how many innocent Iraqis died as a direct result of the instructions of the
Brigadier General himself? Is it not true that US
imperialism has destroyed the lives of more than 40 000 families of US
rank and file soldiers, all in the name of profit. Is it not true that the Obama regime came into being only on the promise of a
withdrawal of the occupation troops from Iraq? Is it not true that the Occupy Wall Street
movement and the massive disgruntlement among the US
working class and the rank and file soldiers, is really what drives US
imperialism to withdraw the invasion army? Despite the opposition by the masses
in the USA, US imperialism has shifted its troops to occupy Afghanistan and Pakistan.
At the height of the
invasion of Iraq,
the late Kader Asmal was
head of the committee overseeing Arms sales. He steadfastly refused to
terminate arms sales from the SA military to the US regime. Hundreds of thousands of
South African mercenaries supported the US
invasion of Iraq.
The ANC-SACP regime did nothing about this except mumble some few concerns.
The Friends of the Congo website reports video evidence that the US
army helped arm and support the invasion by the Rwandan army of the DRC. No
doubt this was another generous gesture of US ‘democracy’. The SA military is
sent to the DRC to protect the Anglo American mining plunder operations (at a
cost of R50 000 per month per soldier from the SA taxes).
Such is the ‘generosity’ of US democracy
that over 6 million people have died in the DRC as a result of the imperialist
scramble for looting the country and the region. The DRC cannot even have an
election based on the ‘democratic norms’ of the West as the plunder by
imperialism is absolute.
The US does not
even bind itself to the capitalist organ, the International Criminal Court. The
ANC-SACP show themselves to be total lackeys of imperialism by giving refuge to
war criminals like the Brigadier General in leafy upper-middle class suburbs
like Oranjezicht. Side by side with this, our class
brothers and sisters from Zimbabwe,
etc are offered privatized prisons like Lindela (run
by the ANC elite for profit), face the constant threat
of arrest and deportation.
The whole of Southern Africa is a slave camp for Anglo American. Such
is the ‘boon’ of US ‘democracy’ for the region.
The ANC-SACP are the managers for Anglo
American of this systematic violence. This is the meaning of 100 years of the
What is needed is a new
revolutionary party, breaking from the ANC-SACP, independent from the state and
capital; a party which is part of a revolutionary International (for us, the refounding of the Fourth International), which sets as its
task the Socialist United States of Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe, which
is inextricably linked to the working class taking power in the imperialist
centres and primarily in the USA.
It is an international task
to break with and politically defeat the treacherous leaders within the workers
movement. The path to Socialism goes not through parliament and ‘democracy’ but
through the revolutionary action of the masses under the leadership of and
independent organization of the working class, through the working class taking
power through its own mass action methods.
[Although we do not share
the analyses of the Lancet, Democracy Now, and Friends of the Congo, their articles do provide
some data which expose the lie of US ‘democracy’].
The masses have shown in Libya, Tunisia,
Egypt, Malawi, Yemen,
Bahrain, Syria, Bolivia,
Chile, Swaziland, Palestine
and now Nigeria
that they are perfectly capable of rising up against dictators. It is US imperialism
and other imperialists that are the main backers of the capitalist dictators
against the masses. The world wide fight today is not for ‘democracy’ but
rather to overcome it, ie to overthrow the system of
imperialist-capitalist plunder of the masses of the world.
The depth of the imperialist
crisis is reflected in the steps US
imperialism is now taking to bestow its ‘boon’ of ‘democracy’ on the people of Iran.