March 29, 2011

Critiques of President Obamas Recent Speeches Concerning Libya

by Lil Joe and David Moro

People mill around near Moammar Kadafi's residence after a missile destroyed… (Imed Lamloum / AFP/Getty Images) March 20, 2011|By Borzou Daragahi, Brian Bennett and Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times U.S., French and British forces blasted Libyan air defenses and ground forces, drawing intense volleys of tracer and antiaircraft fire over Tripoli on Sunday on the second day of a military campaign that will severely test Moammar Kadafi's powers of survival.

Late Sunday, smoke billowed from Kadafi's massive Bab Azizia residential compound shortly after an earth-shaking explosion. Rounds of antiaircraft and tracer fire lit up the night for the third time in less than 24 hours.

http://articles.latimes.com/2011/mar/20/world/sc-fg-libya-fighting-20110321


President Barak Obama said in his Declaration of War on Libya:

"Now, throughout this period of unrest and upheaval across the region the United States has maintained a set of core principles which guide our approach. These principles apply to the situation in Libya. As I said last week, we strongly condemn the use of violence in Libya."

Yes, and what are the 'core principles' which guide US imperialism's relations with other, particularly former colonial nations in Africa, Asia and Latin America? It is that nation's governments capitulate to US and British transnational capitalists in league with those nations comprador bourgeoisie, and the governments of those nations capitulate to orders issued by the former colonial powers and US imperialism.

American 'core principles' as revealed by the facts of history: US imperialist's military intervention in the civil war in Korea was the debut of American 'core values' as related to Asian national liberation wars and workers and peasants revolutions:

The Korean War: The "Unknown War". The Coverup of US War Crimes
by Sherwood Ross
The Korean War, a.k.a. the "Unknown War," was, in fact, headline news at the time it was being fought(1950-53). Given the Cold War hatreds of the combatants, though, a great deal of the reportage was propaganda, and much of what should have been told was never told. News of the worst atrocities perpetrated against civilians was routinely suppressed and the full story of the horrific suffering of the Korean people---who lost 3-million souls of a total population of 23-million--- has yet to be told in full. Filling in many of the blank spaces is Bruce Cumings, chair of the Department of History at the University of Chicago, whose book "The Korean War"(Modern Library Chronicles) takes an objective look at the conflict. In one review, Publishers Weekly says, "In this devastating work he shows how little the U.S. knew about who it was fighting, why it was fighting, and even how it was fighting.

Though the North Koreans had a reputation for viciousness, according to Cumings, U.S. soldiers actually engaged in more civilian massacres. This included dropping over half a million tons of bombs and thousands of tons of napalm, more than was loosed on the entire Pacific theater in World War II, almost indiscriminately. The review goes on to say, "Cumings deftly reveals how Korea was a clear precursor to Vietnam: a divided country, fighting a long anti-colonial war with a committed and underestimated enemy; enter the U.S., efforts go poorly, disillusionment spreads among soldiers, and lies are told at top levels in an attempt to ignore or obfuscate a relentless stream of bad news. For those who like their truth unvarnished, Cumings's history will be a fresh, welcome take on events that seemed to have long been settled." http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=23742

Vietnam: from Grover Furr's Vietnam War Page

US Imperialism Killed Over 10% of Vietnamese Population During War Text of Agence France Presse (AFP) release from Hanoi April 1995, on the 20th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. With A Rough Translation and Commentary

The AFP release, which I'm not going to translate word for word, says that the Hanoi government revealed on April 3 that the true civilian casualties of the VN war were 2,000,000 in the north, 2,000,000 in the south. Military casualties were 1.1 million killed and 600,000 wounded in 21 years of war (1963-74). These figures were deliberately falsified during the war by the North VN nationalists to avoid demoralizing the population, according to the French article. On the US side, the figures given are 58,200 US soldiers killed, 223,748 South Vietnamese soldiers, and 5,200 South Koreans, Australians, New Zealanders, and Thais forced to fight for US imperialism. The total therefore comes to around 5.4 million deaths in Vietnam alone (including the US and its lacayos), but these figures don't factor in Laos and Cambodia.

Given a Vietnamese population of around 38 million during the war years, Vietnamese casualties represent a good 12-13% of the country. So anyone who thinks that US bosses aren't worse than Hitler is living on an oasis in Disneyland.

The Agence France Presse (French Press Agency) news release of 4 April 1995 concerning Vietnamese
Government's release of official figures of dead and wounded during the Vietnam War.

HANOI (AP) -April 4. Cinq millions de morts: 20 ans après la fin de la guerre du Vietnam, le gouvernement de Hanoi a révélé, lundi, le bilan d'un conflit dent le nombre de victimes avait été minore a l'époque pour ne pas affecter le moral de la population.

Selon Hanoi, il y a eu pres de deux millions de morts dans la population civile du Nord et deux autres millions dans celle du Sud. Quant aux combats proprement dits, les chiffres sent d'un million cent mille militaires tués et de 600.000 blessés en 21 ans de guerre.

Ce dernier bilan comprend a la fois les victimes de la guerilla vietcong et les soldats nord-vietamiens qui les épaulaient. Les précédentes estimations de source occidentale faisaient état d'un bilan de 666.000 morts parmi Ies combattants vietnamiens. http://www.chss.montclair.edu/english/furr/casualty.html

In Angola, Africa, according to Stockwell, former official in the C.I.A.

THE SECRET WARS OF THE CIA: by John Stockwell A lecture given in October, 1987

One third of my staff in this task force that I put together in Washington, commanding this global operation, pulling strings all over the world to focus pressure onto Angola, and military activities into Angola, one third of my staff was propagandists, who were working, in every way they could to create this picture of Cubans raping Angolans, Cubans and Soviets introducing arms into the conflict, Cubans and Russians trying to take over the world.

Our ambassador to the United Nations, Patrick Moynihan, he read continuous statements of our position to the Security Council, the general assembly, and the press conferences, saying the Russians and Cubans were responsible for the conflict, and that we were staying out, and that we deplored the militarization of the conflict.

And every statement he made was false. And every statement he made was originated in the sub-committee of the NSC that I sat on as we managed this thing. The state department press person read these position papers daily to the press. We would write papers for him. Four paragraphs. We would call him on the phone and say, `call us 10 minutes before you go on, the situation could change overnight, we'll tell you which paragraph to read. And all four paragraphs would be false. Nothing to do with the truth. Designed to play on events, to create this impression of Soviet and Cuban aggression in Angola. When they were in fact responding to our initiatives.

And the CIA director was required by law to brief the Congress. This CIA director Bill Colby - the same one that dumped our people in Vietnam - he gave 36 briefings of the Congress, the oversight committees, about what we were doing in Angola. And he lied. At 36 formal briefings. And such lies are perjury, and it's a felony to lie to the Congress.

He lied about our relationship with South Africa. We were working closely with the South African army, giving them our arms, coordinating battles with them, giving them fuel for their tanks and armored cars. He said we were staying well away from them. They were concerned about these white mercenaries that were appearing in Angola, a very sensitive issue, hiring whites to go into a black African country, to help you impose your will on that black African country by killing the blacks, a very sensitive issue. The Congress was concerned we might be involved in that, and he assured them we had nothing to do with it.

We had in fact formed four little mercenary armies and delivered them into Angola to do this dirty business for the CIA. And he lied to them about that. They asked if we were putting arms into the conflict, and he said no, and we were. They asked if we had advisors inside the country, and he said `no, we had people going in to look at the situation and coming back out'. We had 24 people sleeping inside the country, training in the use of weapons, installing communications systems, planning battles, and he said, we didn't have anybody inside the country. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4068.htm

Afghanistan:

The "safe haven" myth Posted By Stephen M. Walt Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 9:48 PM

At an appearance before the Veterans of Foreign Wars yesterday, President Obama defended U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, calling it a "war of necessity." He claimed that "our new strategy has a clear mission and defined goals -- to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al Qaeda and its extremist allies," and he declared that "If left unchecked, the Taliban insurgency will mean an even larger safe haven from which al Qaeda would plot to kill more Americans. So this is not only a war worth fighting. This is fundamental to the defense of our people."

This is a significant statement. In effect, the president was acknowledging that the only strategic rationale for an increased commitment in Afghanistan is the fear that if the Taliban isn't defeated in Afghanistan, they will eventually allow al Qaeda to re-establish itself there, which would then enable it to mount increasingly threatening attacks on the United States.

This is the kind of assertion that often leads foreign policy insiders to nod their heads in agreement, but it shouldn't be accepted uncritically. Here are a few reasons why the "safe haven" argument ought to be viewed with some skepticism. Read on @ http://walt.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2009/08/18/the_safe_haven_myth

Iraq:



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So, these are just a few examples of US imperialist's 'core principles'! What Obama is referring to in his speech, regarding "these principles apply to the situation in Libya" means using demogogic rhetoric and buzz words to hood-wink the Americans into supporting, at any rate not opposing, the US invasion of Libya and aiding militarily a gang of 'rebels' to displace the existing government, as they did in Somalia as well..

War is Peace
Freedom is Slavery
Occupation is Liberation
Resistance is Terrorism
Democracy is Quisling obedience
Independence is Lackey obedience
Ignorance is Strength
Media Propaganda is Truth
http://www.online-literature.com/orwell/1984/2/

U.S. concept of a 'humanitarian mission':

For the rest, it is lying propaganda the claim that the US is against violence in Libya, where he said that "as I said last week, we strongly condemn the use of violence in Libya."

What the US, British and French imperialist's military forces are doing in Libya right now, even as I am writing:

Libyan Hospitals Attacked: Three French Jets Downed
By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya
20 March, 2011
GlobalResearch.ca

The U.S. and its allies are embarking on another regime change operation. Before they started their attacks on the Libyans, they admitted that there would be civilians casualities in an act of irony. They claim to be acting to save civilians, but they will be killing them.

"Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the action amounts to an 'act of war' that is critical to remove Moammar Gadhafi from power before he massacres any more of his own people," according to the Edmonton Journal. It also added: "The prime minister acknowledged that the military operation will be complex and could lead to casualties among the very civilians that nations are trying to protect, and perhaps among the military personnel being sent to Libya."

The war criminals are back at it again.

Hours after the attacks, sources in Libya have reported that three medical facilities were bombarded.[3] Two were hospitals and one a medical clinic. These were civilian facilities.

Al-Tajura Hospital was hit as was Saladin Hospital in Ain Zara. The clinic that was bombed was also located in the vicinity of Tripoli, the Libyan capital. Not only where these civilian structures, but they were also all far away from the combat zone.

Civilian air facilities throughout Libya have been attacked. Libyan sources have also said that all the Libyan military academies have also been destroyed. This is a means to prevent Libya from training officers to defend itself.

The same sources have also said that all Libyan military bases were attacked, even ones that have no connection with imposing a no-fly zone. Libyan air bases, naval bases, and ground bases were attacked by the new Iraq-style "coalition of the willing." Moreover, a vast naval blockade around Libya has now been imposed by the U.S. and its allies.

According to (unconfirmed) internal Libyan sources, two French jets were also shot down by the Libyan military near Janzour (Janzur/Zanzur). According to the same source, another French military jet was shot down by the Libyans near Anjile. People in Benghazi are also fleeing the city, because of the war. Surt (Sidra) and Misratah have also been attacked by the French, the U.S., the British and their coalition allies.

The U.S. and its allies are now the ones that are creating a real humanitarian disaster. They talk about peace while they arm the Benghazi-based opposition rebels via the Egyptian military junta, which is as much a military client as its so-called civilian predecessor. This is also a violation of the United Nations Security Council resolution that the U.S. and its allies passed, which states that no weapons are to be sent to Libya.

Hillary Clinton was in both Tunisia and Egypt in relation to the operations directed against Libya. Both the regime in Tunis and the military junta in Cairo are overtly and covertly supporting the war against Libya. The autocrats of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have also indicated that they will send military forces to attack Libya. http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=20110319&articleId=23801


The policies of the 'new' regimes in Tunisia and Egypt, both domestic and internationally puts the lie to the assertion that there were 'revolutions' in those countries.


LONDON, March 18 (Reuters) - Egypt's military has begun shipping arms over the border to Libyan rebels with Washington's knowledge, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. Quoting U.S. and Libyan rebel officials, the newspaper said the shipments were mostly of small arms such as assault rifles and ammunition. http://af.reuters.com/article/egyptNews/idAFLDE72H0N120110318


We must be clear: Classes rule; parties govern. The appropriating classes are such because they own the productive forces, the mode of production of which determines relations of production and social classes based on that. The State, however, is an instrument of concentrated political power in the hands of the most dominate appropriating classes, the ruling classes.

In the ancient and feudal regimes the appropriating classes were not just the ruling classes, but themselves constituted the personel of the State's power - the slave owning classes were armed powers which constituted the State, the same as in feudal economies the feudal lords were the members of the State, armed forces. In capitalist economies, democratic republics enable the appropriating classes to have a State of bureacratic and military powers seperate from the direct activities of the capitalists.

But, no time in history of civil society has there ever existed any individual with absolute power, power is always collective. This was true of the pharoahs of Egypt and the monarchs of Mesopotimia, Persia, India, China, the Maya, Aztecs, Ghana, and so on, as well as the republics of Greece and Rome.

There has never been a kingdom or a republic that was ruled by a single individual. Menes, Thutmoses, Ikhanaton, Sargon, Hammurabi, Darius, Xerxes, Qin Shi Huang, Alexander, Caesar, Augustus, Nero, Caligula, Charlemagne, Attila, Genghis Khan, Saladine, Louis XIV, Cromwell, Sunni Ali, Montezuma, Tewodros II, Chaka, Stalin, Mussolini, Hitler, Franco, Ian Smith, Pol Pot, Pinochet, Idi Amin, Marcos, Duvalier, Saddam Hussein, nor any other individuals who are presented in American culture having been 'mad dictators', has in no case been the case. In each case the individuals were members of governing cliques that managed the power of the State, but did not displace the State power by becoming supermen with the power to individually rule kingdoms or nations comprised of millions of people all by themselves as individuals. It just isn't possible.

So, why is it that US imperialist politicians and capitalist owned and managed print and media propagandists always present certain individuals as 'dictators', while calling those they approve of as 'authoritarian'? It is pure propaganda, usually war propaganda that demonize the individuals representing enemy governments, based upon the myth of American exceptionalism: democracy is good, dictatorhips are bad.

Thus, the politicians and pundits, journalists and 'reporters' in print and electronic medias never present empirical definitions of dictator', 'good' or 'evil'. Candi Crowly called Gaddafi "a mad man and evil". Chris Matthews denounces opponents of US domination as 'the bad guys'. The common thread binding the print and media propagandists, is that their political disagreements 'end on the waters edge' - i.e. they are united in common support for the initial acts of US imperialist aggression, wars of domination. It is therefore not by accident that today, regarding the invasion of Libya, with all these politicians, press and media propagandists have convinced 70% of polled Americans that it is a 'humanitarian war' [doublethink!] and endorse this war, as the majority have done so on the outset of previous US imperialist wars of aggression and occupation domination.

The displacement of individuals representing governments of the State, by other individuals to serve as figureheads representing the State's power, is a smokescreen, ad hominems and red herrings to divert the revolutionaries from the task of completing the overthrow of the ruling classes along with their government. The 'political revolution' that does not at the same time cumlinate in social revolution, only rearranges the furniture in the palace while leaving the economy and political structure of the palace untouched.

It is not just the domestic policies of the 'new' governments in Tunisia and Egypt taking over what was a worker's revolution and channeling the workers rebellions into ballot boxes. This is bourgeois democracy, as opposed to revolutionary working-class democracy wherein and by trade union cadres general strikes become transformative communist politics of expropriation of the capitalist owned productive forces by governments of the workers, by the workers and for the workers, that is dictatorship of proletariat.

One myth in American exceptionalist culture is the myth of 'checks and balances": that in other countries' there are evil 'dictators' - individuals in control of the culture, economics and politics of an entire nation.

The belief that there are individual meglomaniac 'dictatorships' in countries US imperialism wants to invade and displace by other individuals evades the actual class struggle content of political forms of governments rather than by the material interests of classes using those 'individuals'. But, also, the foreign policies of the supposed erstwhile former individual 'dictators' are preserved and continued by the would-be 'new' governments in Tunisia and Egypt.

The foreign policies of the new lackey regimes in Tunisia and Egypt are still doing the dirty work of US imperialism, which are consistent with the regimes that were ostensibly overthrown by the removal of individuals. While the flow of weapons and foodstuffs to Gaza is militarily blocked by Egyptian troops, yet weapons from Britain, the US and France not only pass thru Egypt but are supplied by the current Egyptian government to reactionary monarchists and "Islamic Jihadists", in Libya.

The actual 'freedom fighters', if by these buzz words is meant indigenous resistance to enemy occupation forces, were and are e.g. Hezb'allah in Lebanon and Hamas in the West Bank and Gaza, in Palestine. But Israeli and particularly US politicians, print and electronic media propagandists, identify the "Islamist" ideology of Hezb'Allah and Hamas as grounds for the Zionists and imperialists to define the resistance movements in Lebanon and Palestine as 'radical Islam', 'extremists', and so on and their resistance activities - attacking occupation troops -as 'terrorism'.

In Libya, so-called "freedom fighters" are now in possession of weapons and munitions, including anti-aircraft weapons and stinger missils, supplied by US, Israeli, French and British imperialism, paid for by the Saudis and Kuwaiti monarchists who gave their approval at the "Arab League" summit and resolution endorsing imperialist military intervention into the Libyan civil war.

It was because of the government of Libya's principled opposition to imperialism and Apartheid regimes in Palestine - the garrison State- and its occupations in West Bank and Gaza, along with the support of the real, actual anti-colonial liberation movements in Angola, Mozambique and in particular to the racist regime of fascists in South Africa, that US imperialism placed Libya on the list of "state terrorists". This is not the way the liberation warriors regard Gaddafi. Rather:

Gaddafi and Yasser Arafat

Mandela, his Mozambican companion, Graca Machel, and Foreign Minister Alfred Nzo arrived at the Libyan border town of Ras Adjir by helicopter from the nearby Tunisian resort island of Djerba and drove across the frontier and 160 km (100 miles) to Tripoli. The trip was made by road because of an air embargo imposed on Libya by the United Nations.

Mandela's 50-vehicle convoy passed under a series of welcoming banners, including one that set the tone for his visit saying: "Mandela's visit to Libya is a devastating blow to America."

After a triumphant cavalcade around downtown Tripoli, Mandela, 79, was greeted by Gaddafi outside the ruined home in which the Libya leader's daughter, Hana, was brutally killed in a U.S. air raid more than 10 years ago.

Greeting Gaddafi with a hug and a kiss on each cheek, Mandela told him: "My brother leader, my brother leader. How nice to see you."

Shortly afterwards, he told reporters he remained unimpressed by U.S. opposition to his mission, adding: "Those who say I should not be here are without morals. I am not going to join them in their lack of morality. This man helped us at a time when we were all alone, when those who say we should not come here were helping the enemy (South Africa's white government)," Mandela said.
http://plane-truth.com/Aoude/geocities/mandela.html

Hugo Chávez has Chavez said: 'What Simón Bolívar is to the Venezuelan people, Gaddafi is to the Libyan people. Photograph: EPA Muammar Gaddafi and Hugo Chavez are old comrades in the struggle against imperialism and American hegemony.


Friday, 13 July, 2001, 16:34 GMT 17:34 UK
Gaddafi driven to support Mugabe

Gaddafi drove the 500km from Lusaka to Harare Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is visiting Zimbabwe to assess the impact of fuel shortages on the country.


The hypocrisy of US imperialist politicians together with and by the print and electronic media propagandists are exposed. As Afghanistan in the 1980s, so today in Libya, these politicians and media pundits are praising, but more important are justifying the arming and financing of 'Jahadists' in opposition to and armed in rebellion against a secular republican government.

"Islamists" -"Jihadists" who had been armed, trained and financed by US imperialism in Afghanistan to overthrow the secular republicans and communist worker's government in that country -cadres of indigenus, reactionary anti-communists, were but part and parcel of the invasion of Afghanistan by US armed, trained and financed international Jihadists such as Osima Bin Laden's al-Qa'ida cadres by US imperialism, Pakistan and the Saudis. Such as those who became the Taliban.

Only after a new generation of Islamists, in Afghanistan of the Taliban and the international Jahidists, such al-Qa'ida , having displaced the lackey quisling regime set up by US imperialism in Afghanistan, to instead pursue their own pan-Islamic agenda, including opposition to the Zionist State and their imperialist backers, on one hand, and also against lackey regimes in Saudi Arabia and Yemen on the other, that the US politicians, together with the print and electronic media propagandists demonized their former 'Jihadist' allies as 'radical Islam', and terrorists.

Just as the US used the regimes in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Pakistan to enable the flow of arms and troops from various nations to flow into Afghanistan, so in Egypt the counter-revolutionary junta regime is providing arms and munitions to Islamic Jihadists in Libya, armed and funded by US imperialism. From the beginning of this reactionary monarchist rebellion, US, Isreali and British have been funneling weapons, and perhaps military personel, into Libya, to the monarchists and once more praising Jihadists as 'freedom fighters'!

US imperialism has since the military intervention into the Civil Wars in Greece, Korea and Vietnam, pretended that their imperialist armed forces maiming and massacring the indigenous workers and peasant's liberation armies demonizing by name-calling and deliberate dis-information manipulated gullible "Americans", claiming their interventions were & are altruistic: 'defense of civilians', 'democracy', 'human rights' and wars of aggression resulting in conquest by occupation.

Thus, the anecdotal falacy is presented by Obama as spokesperson for US imperialism:

"As one Libyan said, "We just want to be able to live like human beings." We just want to be able to live like human beings. It is the most basic of aspirations that is driving this change. And throughout this time of transition, the United States will continue to stand up for freedom, stand up for justice, and stand up for the dignity of all people."

Remember the Adventures of Superman cold war propaganda comic books, television series and cartoon?

"Yes, it's Superman, strange visitor from another planet, with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men! Superman, who can change the course of mighty rivers, bend steel with his bare hands, and who, disguised as Clark Kent, mild-mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper, fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice and the American way! - announcer for Adventures of Superman in the 1950's. " (Also see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_way)

The flowery rhetoric in the US Constitution assertion of 'domestic tranquility' is in empirical fact, as distinct from euphemisms, to justify the violent behavior of the federal State Power for the preservation of existing relations of production in which the domination of the appropriating classes and subordination of the producing classes is to be maintained by the armed power of the State. [Beard's An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States @ http://groups.yahoo.com/group/laborpartypraxis/message/26686]

Buzz words in American culture have been internalised by individuals who therefore by aculturated media conditioned/responses to politicians and propagandists flowery rhetoric &/0r demonizing rants become the same as the ringing of a bell in the experiments of Pavlov engendered the desired result. ( See the Article "Pavlov's Dogs: How Ivan Pavlov Discovered Classical Conditioning By Kendra Cherry, About.com Guide" @ http://psychology.about.com/od/classicalconditioning/a/pavlovs-dogs.htm)

Obama continues his demogogic rant, lying to the American people and to the world, the same as every President of the US has done to justify imperialist aggression as being motivated by altruistic humanitarian concerns, painting the opposition as 'crazy' and 'evil', this as US troops to the rescue:

"The American people extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of all who've been killed and injured. The suffering and bloodshed is outrageous and it is unacceptable. So are threats and orders to shoot peaceful protesters and further punish the people of Libya. These actions violate international norms and every standard of common decency. This violence must stop. "

The government of Libya has never given any orders to the armed forces to 'shoot peaceful protestors' and 'punish the Libyan people'. What is going on in Libya is not peaceful demonstrations, as are occuring in Yemen and Bahrain where the governments are armed and trained by US imperialism to do its bidding in the region, where governments have given the order to shoot peaceful protesters:

SANA, Yemen — Yemen's pro-democracy protests exploded into violence on Friday, as government supporters opened fire on demonstrators in this capital, killing at least 45 people and wounding more than 200. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/19/world/middleeast/19yemen.html?src=mv

ITUC call: Killings should stop immediately in Yemen
18 March 2011:
At least 30 people have been killed and hundreds wounded after Yemeni security forces opened fire today on protesters at University Square, in the capital Sanaa.

The security forces were trying to prevent protesters from marching out of the square where they were gathered. Many protesters were shot in the head and neck; most of the injured were shot with live ammunition. According to medical sources, the death toll is likely to rise.

According to witnesses, pro-regime thugs also opened fire on protesters from houses close to University Square. Friday's attack came as tens of thousands gathered across the country, continuing to demand that president Ali Abdullah Saleh - the country's ruler of 32 years - step down.

Anti-government demonstrations were also held in other cities including Taiz, Ibb, Hodeidah, Aden, and Amran following Muslim midday prayers on Friday.

Ahead of the protests, hundreds of police patrolled the streets of Sanaa and elite forces set up fortifications around the presidential compound, ministries and the headquarters of Yemen's ruling party.

Government forces have previously used live fire, rubber bullets, and tear gas on anti-regime rallies, in the government's increasingly violent crackdown on protests, which has already let to 70 deaths and hundreds of wounded.

While economic conditions for average Yemenis are dire and worsening, a generation of young activists, among them many young women, have been leading the civil society movement for democratic changes.

"The Yemeni authorities must stop the bloodshed immediately and set a genuine national dialogue to respond to the legitimate demands of the people for democracy and equity. The ITUC urges also the international community to promote national dialogue, prioritise aid for socio-economic purposes and supporting democracy, and ensure that any security assistance cannot be used against peaceful protesters through the country", said ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow. http://www.ituc-csi.org/ituc-call-killings-should-stop.html


Bahrain:
The ITUC represents 175 million workers in 151 countries and territories and has 305 national affiliates.

State-Organised Murder on the Streets of Bahrain 16 March 2011:

Using Apache helicopters and live ammunition, the crackdown immediately follows the declaration of a three-month state of emergency yesterday by King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa and the dispatching of troops from other Gulf Cooperation Council countries, including a thousand heavily armed Saudi soldiers.

Live rounds were used in parts of the city, with at least six people reported killed and hundreds injured. Mobile phone and internet access are restricted, and palls of smoke rose from protestors' tents that were set ablaze by the security forces. Particularly brutal repression has been reported in Shia villages.

The ITUC strongly condemns this intensified violence, organised and perpetrated by the Bahraini authorities with the support of neighbouring Gulf States.

Troops have reportedly entered the main Salmaniya hospital. Doctors have launched an emergency call for help, describing the situation as very critical due to lack of blood, power cuts and pressure from security forces to prevent them treating many severely wounded demonstrators. Yesterday and today, ambulances from the hospital were prevented from transporting casualties, with the wounded now reportedly being treated in mosques and houses. http://www.ituc-csi.org/state-organised-murder-on-the.html

COSATU supports the workers of Bahrain

COSATU fully supports the trade union movement and workers of Bahrain in their resolute struggle for democracy and social justice. We call upon the regime of Prime Minister Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa to heed the demands of workers and the people of Bahrain.

We note with serious concern the escalating situation in that country, particularly after the occupying forces of Saudi Arabia entered in gross violation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Bahrain. We seriously condemn the interference of Saudi Arabian forces in another country and the imposition of the state of emergency in the country by the illegitimate regime of Prime Minister Khalifa.

We also call for full solidarity with the call for a general strike as declared by the General Trade Union of the Workers of Bahrain as security forces intensify their repression, evident in the way they attacked protestors nearby Al Marfaa and the Loulou square using excessive force.

We also call upon the media to pay as much attention to the suffering people and workers of Bahrain and not be selective by avoiding attention to an area which is dominantly controlled by US forces who have now intervened to talk about dialogue that maintains the basis of the oppressive regime. We know that Bahrain and its neighbouring states, particularly Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and even Yemen are all satellite states of the US and most have military bases of the US, hence their strategic and political significance to the empire.

We support the ITUC call for global action in solidarity with the working and struggling people of Bahrain and further support the world to expose the double standards of the powerful countries and their vested interests in this part of the world. In this regard, we reiterate our call for support of the workers and people of the whole Middle East in their heroic struggles for democracy, justice and human dignity.

Bongani Masuku (International Relations Secretary)
Congress of South African Trade Unions
1-5 Leyds Cnr Biccard Streets
Braamfontein, 2017
Johannesburg
http://www.cosatu.org.za/show.php?include=docs/pr/2011/pr0317.html&ID=4656&cat=COSATU%20Today


Building and Wood Worker's International
www.bwint.org

BWI Condemns Brutality Against Peaceful Demonstrators in Bahrain.

BWI is horrified by the latest violent actions by the Bahraini government against peaceful demonstrators at Pearl roundabout---the center of the recent pro-democracy struggle in Bahrain. King Hamad binI Isa al-Khalifa of Bahrain ordered the crackdown conducted by security forces using tanks and live ammunition following a declaration of martial law. Reports have indicated that six have died and hundreds are injured. The attacks were indiscriminate and have spread throughout the city.

"The latest actions taken by the Bahraini government is horrific," stated Ambet Yuson, General Secretary of BWI. "It appears that the ruling government has abandoned human rights and international standards and embraced barbarism and tyranny in respect to the desire of its people calling for genuine political democracy."

BWI also expresses serious concern for the members BWI affiliate the General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions (GFBTU) which has been at the forefront of the struggle for political reform since the crisis broke out more than two months ago.

According to the GFBTU f the General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions (GFBTU) in recent days there has been an "escalation in the retribution against peaceful protests and gatherings, as well as killings and attacks on several villages resulting in a number of deaths and hundreds of injuries by direct gunfire."

BWI will work with the global trade union movement to ensure that the desire for democracy and political freedom by the people of Bahrain is achieved. http://www.bwint.org/default.asp?Index=3345&Language=EN


The American transnational capitalists politically represented by the US government, US imperialism in the UN Security Council, has not called upon nor discussed, let alone has passed resolutions denouncing the Saudi military invasion of Bahrain as it did against the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.

There has been the flowery rhetoric of British, U.S. and French governments and media propagandists - including 'progressive' Democrats viz. e.g. John Kerry, Ed Shultz, Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O'Donnell of MSNBC, among others, endorsing monarchists as 'pro-democracy'. American liberals are joined by the 'left' networks, blogs and Yahoogroups, who are using up what political capital and legitimacy they supposedly had as opposition to imperialism by endorsing the British, U.S. and French imperialist governments bombing campaigns in support of reactionary monarchists and Jihadist armed and funded by those imperialist governments.

Imperialist's fake 'outrage' ostensibly because "Gaddify" is "killing his own people", whereas in fact the rebels are armed insurrectionists, while ignoring the brutal repressions of US lackey agents - killing their 'own people' - demonstrators in Bahrain and Yemen. Nor, in contrast to their faked outrage at the Iraqi invasion in Kuwait, there are no UN resolutions that denounce and send troops against the Saudis dispatching armed forces to Bahrain to participate in the bloody suppression of Bahrain workers peaceful protests.

US imperialism and the NATO governments, along with those of the Arab League, are not the 'international community', but imperialists, and in Asia and Africa their lackeys and quisling regimes propped up by US arms and/or funds to repress 'their own people'.

Butcher- monarchy regimes in Bahrain, Yemen and Saudi Arabia, and the Egyptian junta, have been causing the vilence in Libya by arming the monarchists :

MARCH 17, 2011, 6:41 P.M. ET
Egypt Said to Arm Libya Rebels
By CHARLES LEVINSON And MATTHEW ROSENBERG

CAIRO—Egypt's military has begun shipping arms over the border to Libyan rebels with Washington's knowledge, U.S. and Libyan rebel officials said.

The shipments—mostly small arms such as assault rifles and ammunition—appear to be the first confirmed case of an outside government arming the rebel fighters. Those fighters have been losing ground for days in the face of a steady westward advance by forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

The Egyptian shipments are the strongest indication to date that some Arab countries are heeding Western calls to take a lead in efforts to intervene on behalf of pro-democracy rebels in their fight against Mr. Gadhafi in Libya. Washington and other Western countries have long voiced frustration with Arab states' unwillingness to help resolve crises in their own region, even as they criticized Western powers for attempting to do so.

The shipments also follow an unusually robust diplomatic response from Arab states. There have been rare public calls for foreign military intervention in an Arab country, including a vote by the 23-member Arab League last week urging the U.N. to impose a no-fly zone over Libya.

The vote provided critical political cover to Western powers wary of intervening militarily without a broad regional and international mandate. On Thursday evening, the U.N. Security Council voted on a resolution endorsing a no-fly zone in Libya and authorizing military action in support of the rebels.

Within the council, Lebanon took a lead role drafting and circulating the draft of the resolution, which calls for "all necessary measures" to enforce a ban on flights over Libya. The United Arab Emirates and Qatar have taken the lead in offering to participate in enforcing a no-fly zone, according to U.N. diplomats.

Libyan rebel officials in Benghazi, meanwhile, have praised Qatar from the first days of the uprising, calling the small Gulf state their staunchest ally. Qatar has consistently pressed behind the scenes for tough and urgent international action behind the scenes, these officials said.

Qatari flags fly prominently in rebel-held Benghazi. After pro-Gadhafi forces retook the town of Ras Lanuf last week, Libyan state TV broadcast images of food-aid packages bearing the Qatari flag.

The White House has been reluctant to back calls from leaders in Congress for arming Libya's rebels directly, arguing that the U.S. must first fully assess who the fighters are and what policies they will pursue if they succeeded in toppling Col. Gadhafi. U.S. officials believe the opposition includes some Islamist elements. They fear that Islamist groups hostile to the U.S. could try to hijack the opposition and take any arms that are provided.

The Egyptian weapons transfers began "a few days ago" and are ongoing, according to a senior U.S. official. "There's no formal U.S. policy or acknowledgement that this is going on," said the senior official. But "this is something we have knowledge of."
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704360404576206992835270906.html

Even, as the Reagan regime called nuclear armed missles "peace-keepers', the Obama-Clinton clique in Washington, DC, claim that 'war is peace', while covertly through the lackey Egyptian junta is providing the monarchs with modern weapons, as can be seen in media clips and printed photgraphs and thereby arm a civil war in Libya to give British, US and French armed forces using the facts of civil war and reporting casualties on one side, the monarchist Islamists. Orwell's Ninteen Eighty-Four prediction of newspeak is here fulfilled: as the Bush imperialist invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq was did in the name of buzz words, such as in America the magic words as 'freedom', 'democracy in the Middle East' - a 'new Middle East' - claimed Secretary Rice as she attempted to justify the Israeli mass murder campaigns by bombing and invading Lebanon.

It is interesting the contempt American politicians and media propaganda machine's pundits have toward 'the American people': "War is Peace"!

Yet, even the lackey governments and quisling regimes of the Gulf States, which together with Egypt dominate the "Arab League", are trying to save face and popular anti-war opposition to these governments and regimes being lackeys and quislings of US and British imperialists, are faking innocence of ignorance trying to wash the blood from their hands. They acknowledge:

Arab League criticizes allied airstrikes on Libya

CAIRO (AP) — The head of the Arab League has criticized international strikes on Libya, saying they caused civilian deaths.

The Arab League's support for a no-fly zone last week helped overcome reluctance in the West for action in Libya. The U.N. authorized not only a no-fly zone but also "all necessary measures" to protect civilians. Amr Moussa says the military operations have gone beyond what the Arab League backed. Moussa has told reporters Sunday that "what happened differs from the no-fly zone objectives." He says "what we want is civilians' protection not shelling more civilians." U.S. and European strikes overnight targeted mainly air defenses, the U.S. military said. Libya says 48 people were killed, including civilians. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iRRC-Ij_xoxpHpSxJd-LVDd1JHXQ?docId=999067b967b7412c83d7cce7921da560


Even as the American capitalist owned and managed media propagandists, operating ostensibly as journalists and reporters are accusing "Gaddafi" of slaughtering 'his own people', rather than supressing an armed rebellion armed by the Egyptian lackey regime of imperialism, yet in the background of these on location 'reports' are seen these armed rebels, as in these photographs below:

Libyan rebels parade their guns in the streets of Tobruk, as Muammar Gadaffi's forces contined their advance eastwards towards Benghazi. Photograph: Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images


Obama's demogogic rant of lying propaganda to manipulate gullible Americans, continues:

"The United States also strongly supports the universal rights of the Libyan people. That includes the rights of peaceful assembly, free speech, and the ability of the Libyan people to determine their own destiny. These are human rights. They are not negotiable. They must be respected in every country. And they cannot be denied through violence or suppression."

Obama seems to have taken a page from Joseph Goebbels "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie."

The facts of the photographic documentatiopn, even as the mercenary 'rebels' are reported fignting an armed rebellion against the government of Libya, offensive aggression in a civil war, on the one hand, and the facts that the government's of Yemen and Bahrain, supported by Saudi troop intervention, all armed by US imperialism is violently suppressing peaceful, unarmed protesters on the other, yet Obama, Clinton and the media continue to lie in presenting armed rebellion as 'peaceful protests'!

Joseph Goebbels: "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie."

Obama continues, now bringing into his justification for military intervention in Libya on the side of the 'rebels' - the monarchists and Jihadists in power in Benghazi.:

"In a volatile situation like this one, it is imperative that the nations and peoples of the world speak with one voice, and that has been our focus. Yesterday a unanimous U.N. Security Council sent a clear message that it condemns the violence in Libya, supports accountability for the perpetrators, and stands with the Libyan people.

"This same message, by the way, has been delivered by the European Union, the Arab League, the African Union, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, and many individual nations. North and south, east and west, voices are being raised together to oppose suppression and support the rights of the Libyan people.

This is s bald faced lie. The governments of US, British and French imperialists, together with their monarchist lickspittles of the Arab League, do not represent the so-called 'international community'. On the contrary, it is the international working classes and their social and political organizations that are the true international community and it is opposed to war.

The Arab League was founded by monarchs placed in power as quisling regimes by British imperialism:

The Arab League was formed in 1945, based on the resolutions of the Alexandria Protocol , to protect Arab interests, and in particular to obtain greater freedom from foreign rule and to prevent further development of Palestine as the Jewish national home under the British Mandate.

Pact of the Arab League of States

His Excellency the President of the Syrian Republic,
His Royal Highness the Emir of Transjordan,
His Majesty the King of Iraq,
His Majesty the King of Saudi-Arabia,
His Excellency the President of the Lebanese Republic,
His Majesty the King of Egypt, the King of Yemen,

The Arab League has thus, from its very origin, been comprised of reactionary monarchies and lackey presidents representing the interests of capitalists and shieks in those countries to coordinate the economic and military interests of those ruling classes.

The extension of the Arab League throughout Middle Asia and Northern Africa has been the extension of the ruling classes ability to collectivise their class domination of the respective national economies and military coprdination, with the arms supplied by British and eventually American imperialism. It is precisely because US imperialism has armed and trained the government's military forces to suppress by violence and prison 'their own people', that the Libyans resigned from it and denounced it as an agency of imperialist lackeys, now the quisling Iraqi regime is also in the Arab League articulating imperialist and Zionnist interests.

It therefore is not surpising that US imperialism, NATO, the UN Security Council that they dominate has last week been trying to present the Arab League as the 'legitimate' voice of 'the Arab people', precisely as the millions of workers in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, Iraq and Saudi Arabia are staging economic and political strikes against the governments of these Arab League affiliated shiek kingdoms and republican capitalist governments, which has respectively for decades done the bidding of oil transnational capitalists in these countries, including 'killing their own people'.

The same was true of the shah regime in Iran, a quisling regime installed by a US coup against the elected government of a popular republic. The Iranians are not "Arabs", so weren't in the "Arab League", but its policies under the shahs were no different than those of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Yemen, Bahrain and so on..

The US imperialists have armed and trained the Egyptians, Jordainian, Saudis, Kuwaiti, Yemeni, Bahraini, Iraqi and other regimes in the region, to use those tanks, fighter jets, and missils: not to fight the so-called 'Zionist enemy", which the Arab League claimed part and parcel of its mission statement, but to repress 'their own people' when and where uprisings occur against imperialist interests in their respective countries.

The 'interpretation' of what is presently happening in the Eastern and Southern countries of the Mediterranean class struggles as an ethnocentrist "pro-democracy" so-called "Arab revolution" is enabling the US, British and French imperialists to isolate Libya and use their Arab League lackeys and quisling regimes to justify the 'call' to US, British and French shock and awe bombing campaigns in Libya. The US, e.g. in Vietnam, Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan, has a history of having lickspittles and politicians in governments in exile or quislings already established to call in US military intervention to kill their opponents.

The transfer of arms to and political support for the monarchist counter-revolutionaries and reactionary Islamists in Libya, is no different than the Saudis providing arms, training and finiance in the interests of American imperialism in Afghanistan to Al-Quaida against the secular republic of Afghanistan, so monarchies of Bahrain and Yemen armed and aided, by the monarchy of Saudi Arabia, in the slaughtering of worker's protesting for rights of workers, unions and political parties contesting capitalist and monarchist.

Rather, it is only by the monarchists and lackeys in the Arab League, which are themselves 'killing their own people' as they fake outrage at "Kaddifi killing his own people', who present themselves as "Arabs' and use this genetic trait as propaganda to support the US, British and French military intervention in Libya. Consider the source of the 'support' for the monarchists and Islamist in Libya.

What was happening in Libya is not the same as has been occuring in Tunisia and Egypt. Unlike the cities in Tunis and Cairo, there are no strikes in Tripoli, and there is no support by the working class in these countries for the military junta in Egypt, nor the monarchies in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Afganistan, Somalia ... Neither do the workers uprisings in these countries express any 'Arab solitarity' with the counter-revolutionary monarchist and reactionary Islamists in Benghazi.

The European proletariat knows what war is, and the material causes of wars, including how to recognise a civil war between two armies. As seen above, these trade unionists are denouncing the governments of Yemen and Bahrain, backed by Saudi intervention troops, as the governments that are shooting down peaceful protesters.

Proletarians in industrial capitalist Mediterranean countries - namely, in France, Italy, Greece - and also, presently, in Turkey and Israel!- are staging general strikes, labour demonstrations, marches and rallies, comprised of millions of workers during the past ten years and presently - have been of massive and escalating "rebellions of the masses".

The workers trade union led uprising in Tunisia and Egypt are part and parcel of these labour rebellions on both sides of the Mediterranean. "North and south, east and west, as shown above, workers "voices are being raised together to oppose suppression and support the rights of the Yemeni and Bahraini proletariat as part and parcel of their own.

The imperialist governments of USA, Britain, Canada, France and Spain, along with the reactionary monarchies of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Yemen, Bahrain, and Egypts military junta regime, are not 'raising their voices' in support of 'the Libyan people', but merely claim the rebel army is 'pro-democracy peaceful protesters'.

The fact is that these governments of the USA, Britain, Canada, France and Spain, along with the reactionary monarchies of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Yemen, Bahrain, and Egypts military junta regime are 'raising their voices' to justify bombing campaigns and ship to surface missle attacks on Libya against the government of Libya and in support of a rebel army of reactionary monarchists and Islamists in Benghazi. (See http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&source=hp&q=Benghazi+monarchists&aq=o&aqi=&aql=&oq=)

The protests in Iran and civil war in Libya are not workers insurrections, but are a faction of the bourgeoisie in those countries in opposition to the anti-imperialist/ pro-Palestinian governments. In Libya the 'rebels' are monarchists, their ideology is Islamist opposition to the 'secular' government of Gadaffi, calling him an 'enemy of God' and an 'Infidel'. Not only is US imperialism siding with the Islamists in Libya, but is also on the sides of the monarchies in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and Jordan.

The workers uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt are not based on being 'Arabs' or 'Middle Eastern". Rather, the ECONOMY based social movements of workers as workers in Tunisia and Egypt as such are in context of and directely part and parcel of waves of workers uprisings in Greece, France, Italy and other Mediterennean capitalist nation states., including Turkey and Israel.

The Tunisian government and Egyptian junta are not 'revolutionary', not even comprable to the Derg coup assumption of power in Ethiopia. Rather, it is in league with the reactionary governments of the "Arab League", which shows that ethnic and skin politics is not a vehicle for revolution, but counter-revolution and reaction masked as 'race politics'.

The reactionary regimes in the oil producing region of Middle Asia and North Africa, the Saudis, Kuwaiti, Yemeni, Bahraini regimes of monarchists and one-party sham republican democracies, such as the quisling regime in Iraq, are the main lackeys in the Arab League, which are themselves 'killing their own people' as they fake outrage at "Gaddifi killing his own people', who support the US, British and French military intervention in Libya. Consider the source of the 'support' for the monarchists and Islamist in Libya.

Obama: "Like all governments, the Libyan government has a responsibility to refrain from violence, to allow humanitarian assistance to reach those in need, and to respect the rights of its people. It must be held accountable for its failure to meet those responsibilities, and face the cost of continued violations of human rights. ...And even as we are focused on the urgent situation in Libya, let me just say that our efforts continue to address the events taking place elsewhere, including how the international community can most effectively support the peaceful transition to democracy in both Tunisia and in Egypt."

There hasen't been any 'revolution' either in Tunisia or Egypt. There has been no 'peaceful transition' of power, from capitalist government to workers' government, in Tunisia and Egypt. Evident is these capitalist country's - governments voting for imperialist invasion in Libya - that they are just as much lackeys of US imperialism that arm and fund them as were the individuals whom they replaced.

Revolutions are not directed at individuals, but are insurrections by which one class overthrows anaother. The news media, press and electronic, and films has suggested that there are one-man 'dictators', the power of the State residing in a single prince as leviathan of power, terrorising millions of people into obedience and submission.

Based on this myth, the claim is made by American politicians, press and media propagandists that there are dictators, single individuals able to terrorize millions of subjects of a kingdom or citizens of a republic, thus to get rid of the individual 'dictator' is called by them a 'revolution'. This is an ideological red herring.

The ideological myth of single individuals ruling a people by personal terror diverts from the fact that the ruling classes in possesson of the productive forces remain in possession of the productive forces and the bureaucratic-military State remains as before. The governments in Tunisia and Egypt managed the State in the interest of comprador bourgeoisie and transnational capitalists, lackeys of the imperialists that arm and fund their troops.

The same State - the armed bureaucratic regimes that governed Tunisia and Egypt, respectively, doing the bidding of US imperialism and Zionism in oppsition to workers at home and to the Palestinain liberation movements, are the same, minus one man in each case. This is proved by those governments both cracking down on labour unrest in their respective country, and transfering arms and munitions to monarchists and "Jihadist" on behest of US, British and French imperialism.




March 29, 2011

Regarding Barack Obama's Monday March 28 speech

By David Moro

There was no actual "international community" or "international mandate" in relation to UN resolution 1973 and the susequent and ongoing imperialist attack against the current economic/political state in Libya!


Snippets from Barack Obama's speech given Monday March 28th 2011 rationalising US, British and French et al. military attack on Libya, intervening on the side of the reactionary monarchist rebels.


"In the face of the world's condemnation, Qaddafi chose to escalate his attacks, launching a military campaign against the Libyan people.

"At this point, the United States and the world faced a choice.

"In this effort, the United States has not acted alone. Instead, we have been joined by a strong and growing coalition. This includes our closest allies -– nations like the United Kingdom, France, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Italy, Spain, Greece, and Turkey –- all of whom have fought by our sides for decades. And it includes Arab partners like Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, who have chosen to meet their responsibilities to defend the Libyan people.

"To summarize, then: In just one month, the United States has worked with our international partners to mobilize a broad coalition, secure an international mandate...

"...we will work with the international community to provide assistance to the people of Libya,...

"We had a unique ability to stop that violence: an international mandate for action, a broad coalition prepared to join us, the support of Arab countries, and a plea for help from the Libyan people themselves.

"As we have in Libya, our task is instead to mobilize the international community for collective action.

"But let us also remember that for generations, we have done the hard work of protecting our own people, as well as millions around the globe. We have done so because we know that our own future is safer, our own future is brighter, if more of mankind can live with the bright light of freedom and dignity." http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0311/52093.html ---

The international community is a term used in international relations to refer to all peoples,...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_community


On the surface of it, by what Obama said, one might conclude that this decision to take sides in this war in Libya was made, for the most part, by everyone. By most every human being on the planet, right?

So according to Obama, "We" got "world's condemnation" "we" got "our international partners to mobilize a broad coalition, secure an international mandate..." plus "international community" with "international mandate for action" and "we will work with the international community to provide assistance to the people of Libya" plus "to mobilize the international community for collective action"! Damn that sounds kinda alright? "We", as "the international community" "can help the people of Libya"? Cool, and then "the international community" can "help the people" of another country, then another, and so on... But, if "the international community" "help the people" and the people are "the international community", then "the international community", "all peoples"/eveyone are simply helping themselves? Shit, if the goal of life is to "help the people" of "the international community" and "the international community"includes everyone, then we don't need weapons anymore or police or prisons or judges or money if "we" only got to "help"everyone.

Ruling Class and Ruling Ideas

The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas, i.e. the class which is the ruling material force of society, is at the same time its ruling intellectual force. The class which has the means of material production at its disposal, has control at the same time over the means of mental production, so that thereby, generally speaking, the ideas of those who lack the means of mental production are subject to it. The ruling ideas are nothing more than the ideal expression of the dominant material relationships, the dominant material relationships grasped as ideas; hence of the relationships which make the one class the ruling one, therefore, the ideas of its dominance.

Karl Marx, Friedrich Engles - A Critique of The German Ideology - 1845-46
http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1845/german-ideology/ch01b.htm


There was no decision made by the "international community" nor was there an "international mandate" for this intervention by the US, French and British imperialist militaries. We're not them and they're not us. The capitalist class got their socio-economic-political interest and the working class has its.

Voting for the resolution

Permanent members: United States, Britain, France
Non-permanent members: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, Gabon, Lebanon, Nigeria, Portugal, South Africa

Abstentions

Permanent members: Russia, China
Non-permanent members: Germany, Brazil, India


Thus, United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973 was voted on only by representatives of the 15 security council member countries out of 192 member states. The populations of the 10 countries that voted for Resolution 1973 (UnitedStates, Britain, France, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, Gabon, Lebanon, Nigeria, Portugal, South Africa) represents 10.56% of the global human population.

The populations of the 5 countries that abstained (China India Brazil Russia Germany) represents 42.7% of the globes' population.

see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_population


But even these figures do not reflect the opinions and aspirations of the working classes of these countries. The UN representatives represent the ruling class interest of their respective countries, e.g., the U.S. representative Susan Rice.


Susan Elizabeth Rice (born November 17, 1964) is an American diplomat, former think tank fellow, and civil servant. She is an American foreign policy advisor and United States Ambassador to the United Nations. Rice served on the staff of the National Security Council and as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs during President Bill Clinton's second term. Rice was confirmed as UN Ambassador by the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent on January 22, 2009.[1]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_Rice


The working classes in France, Britain and Italy have been marching in the streets by the millions and conducting general strikes for years against their respective governments! Also:


Pentagon Propaganda Sways US Opinion of Libya
by grtv

The United States media has been portraying the conflict in Libya in different ways that has confused many and left people wondering what is really going on there.

War Correspondent Keith Harmon Snow says there is a psychological operation performed by the Pentagon to persuade the American people through propaganda one way or the other.
http://tv.globalresearch.ca/2011/03/pentagon-propaganda-sways-us-opinion-libya


The ruling class in US take tax payer working class produced value and turn around and use it to fund brainwash of the working class to support capitalist class military imperialist undermind and murder and occupy and plunder policy.

If there was a marxist interpretation/explication/analysis of these events 24/7 on the mass media in the US, the vast majority of the working class would not allow this US aggession into Libya.

China and India (the two most populous nations on Earth) Brazil (the most populous South American nation) as well as the African Union didn't support this resolution. Only 10 nation's representatives out of 192 nations passed this resolution which Obama subsequently calls an "international mandate"!

What bullshit!


COMMUNIQUE OF THE 265th MEETING OF THE PEACE AND SECURITY COUNCIL

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 265th meeting held at the level of Heads of State and Government, on 10 March 2011, adopted the following decision on the situation in Libya:

Council:

4. Expresses AU's solidarity with Libya, and underscores the legitimacy of the aspirations of the Libyan people for democracy, political reform, justice, peace and security, as well as for socio‐economic development, and the need to ensure that these aspirations are fulfilled in a peaceful and democratic manner; in this context, Council takes note of the stated commitment of the Libyan authorities to embark upon the path of reforms;

5. Reiterates AU's strong and unequivocal condemnation of the indiscriminate use of force and lethal weapons, whoever it comes from, resulting in the loss of life, both civilian and military, and the transformation of pacific demonstrations into an armed rebellion; Council deeply deplores the loss of human life, conveys its condolences to the families of the victims and wishes early recovery to those who have been injured;

6. Reaffirms its strong commitment to the respect of the unity and territorial integrity of Libya, as well as its rejection of any foreign military intervention, whatever its form;
http://www.myweku.com/2011/03/african-union-rejects-foreign-military-interventio\ n-in-libya/


That the Arab League supported a "no-fly zone" is hardly surprising when one considers that it is comprised largely of monarchs and puppets of capitalist imperialist nations that do not share the political or economic views of the working class and toilers of these sheikdoms, monarchies, military juntas:


US imperialism and the NATO governments, along with those of the Arab League, are not the 'international community', but imperialists, and in Asia and Africa their lackeys and quisling regimes propped up by US arms and/or funds to repress 'their own people'.

Butcher- monarchy regimes in Bahrain, Yemen and Saudi Arabia, and the Egyptian junta, have been causing the violence in Libya by arming the monarchists:

The Arab League was founded by monarchs placed in power as quisling regimes by British imperialism:

The Arab League was formed in 1945, based on the resolutions of the Alexandria Protocol , to protect Arab interests, and in particular to obtain greater freedom from foreign rule and to prevent further development of Palestine as the Jewish national home under the British Mandate.

Pact of the Arab League of States

His Excellency the President of the Syrian Republic,
His Royal Highness the Emir of Transjordan,
His Majesty the King of Iraq,
His Majesty the King of Saudi-Arabia,
His Excellency the President of the Lebanese Republic,
His Majesty the King of Egypt, the King of Yemen,

The Arab League has thus, from its very origin, been comprised of reactionary monarchies and lackey presidents representing the interests of capitalists and shieks in those countries to coordinate the economic and military interests of those ruling classes.
http://laborpartypraxis.org/CommentsonObamasDeclarationofWaronLibya.html


The actual international community of one social condition are the working classes of the entire globe. Those who sell their labor power for wages or those without productive forces of their own.

But this actual international community is shut out and ignored by the capitalist class in it's political, economic and military apparatus. This must change by the working classes getting rid of their respective parasitic ruling classes and relations of production by taking the productive forces that we produced and the product, produce and distribute based upon a common plan creating a world of united human beings without capitalist exploiters and their murderous war mongering governments.

David


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