No War But The Class War
Against capitalism - Against the US government - Against state and
South African anarchist statement on the New York / Washington DC attacks
The WTC attacks
The September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Centre (WTC) and the
Pentagon by suicide bombers, leading to over 6, 500 deaths have grabbed
We revolutionary anarchists condemn the attacks and extend our condolences
to the families of those injured or killed. The death of thousands of
ordinary civilians - including many ordinary workers - is not acceptable.
The use of civilian aircraft for such an operation is authoritarian and
coercive and shows the contempt of terrorists for human life.
It also shows that the terrorists are anti-working class: attacking people
just because they are "American" regardless of their class position is
reactionary and xenophobic.
After all, US workers are also victims of US capitalism. Bill Gates
personally has more wealth than the bottom 45% of US households. In 1999,
top executives earned 419 times the wage of a blue-collar worker, up from
a difference of 42 to 1 in 1980. This is directly due to the vicious
implementation (and often racist) of neo-liberal / privatisation policies
within the US itself.
Down with US terrorism
At the same time as we oppose the terrorism of the bombers, we oppose
equally the terrorism of all states, especially the US government This
capitalist military-industrial machine has been involved in more than 216
armed interventions against other countries and regions.
These range from wars of extermination against the indigenous people of
the US, to the installation of puppet regimes that repressed anarchists and
socialists in countries like Cuba, Nicaragua and Chile, to the use of
nuclear weapons against Japanese workers in Hiroshima and Nagasaki (which
killed more than 192,500 people in a few seconds).
Bush's agenda for war
The US government is thus the single biggest terrorist organisation in the
This means that Bush's threat to launch a "war against terrorism" conceals
hidden agenda. He is using the so-called "threat of terrorism" to
INCREASE his ability to repress workers in the US and extend US power
the world by:
- Extending police powers of arrest and surveillance
- Increasing military spending
- Increasing spending on intelligence services such as the CIA
- Building a US-led global military force against "terrorism"
It is true to say that the governments and states are the biggest
organisations in the world today, their monstrous social and military
against working class people (in the interests of capitalism) vastly
overshadowing the suicide bombings of tiny groups of fanatics.
Did the attacks "weaken" or "punish" the US state?
Therefore it is not correct to say that the US has been "weakened" by the attacks.
Instead, the terrorism has given Bush a golden opportunity to promote US imperialism,
deepen racial divisions in the working class, and develop an apparatus to crush
the anti-globalisation movement. The US state - the most powerful armed terrorist
group in the world - cannot be militarily weakened by a few explosions.
Are the fundamentalists anti-capitalist?
Others have argued that the attacks on the WTC and the Pentagon are a response
to US imperialism. Others go further, seeing the attacks as part of the international
anti-capitalist "anti-globalisation" movement. This is not accurate. There are
millions of poor Muslim people around the world who are forced by local robber-baron
capitalist ruling classes to work themselves to death for a pittance of the wealth
they generate for these bosses. The local elites in these countries manipulate
religion, replacing any sense of the solidarity of humanity with a violent, xenophobic
and conservative nationalism that divides and suppresses the working class. Those
who preach this anti-worker message are misnamed by the media "Muslim fundamentalists."
The right-wing project of these local capitalist classes project is to
establish repressive capitalist states that ban workers' organisations,
encourage racism, preach propaganda instead of teaching education,
leadership cults, repress women and gays, promote sectarianism and
instead of solidarity and peace, all supposedly in the name of "Islam."
The aim of these "fundamentalists" is to generate higher profits for local
ruling classes through, in particular, oil exports based on cheap labour.
win credibility, they pose as opponents of US imperialism - guilty of
ongoing crimes in the Middle East such as 1991 Gulf War, the ongoing
starvation blockade of Iraqi, and support for the Israeli state's war on
Palestinians- to win support for their own sinister project.
Thus, the right-wing capitalist regime under the Ayatollah Khomeini
the workers' rising in Iran in 1979, including workers' councils and
communist guerrilla groups, and today, the Iranian regime is repressing
Worker-Communist Party of Iran, whilst in Indonesia, fundamentalists
collaborated with the CIA and the Suharto regime in the mid-1960s to
almost 1-million communists and ethnic Chinese.
The Taliban in Afghanistan is a fascist organisation, forcing non-Muslims
wear yellow tags, just as the Nazis forced anarchist and communist
prisoners to wear red triangles, banning girls from attending school and
women from earning a living, murdering people who choose their own sexual
partners, and killing worker activists, left-revolutionaries and
The left must not ignore this history and bury itself in a nebulous
anti-worker third world nationalism that serves to give the third world
bourgeoisie a false appearance of having worker interests at heart.
Time and again these regimes have shown their hostility to the working
and poor. In other words, these regimes also practice terrorism against
their own people in order to make profits and defend capitalism. We do not
support them and we stand with the ordinary people of these countries in
struggle for anarchism, otherwise known as libertarian communism.
Are the fundamentalists anti-imperialist?
The so-called "Muslim fundamentalists" are not, in fact, anti-imperialist. At
present they have conflicts with America over Iraq and Palestine, but they have
repeatedly shown themselves willing to collaborate with US and British imperialism
in the past. Bin-Laden and the Jehadi groups received training and weapons from
the US CIA to fight the Soviet Union in Afghanistan at the exact same time that
the US funded Saddam Hussein against fundamentalist-ruled Iran. The Israeli secret
police originally funded Hamas to undermine secular and socialist-influenced Palestinian
movements such as the PLO. In earlier years British imperialism used the Muslim
Brotherhoods against the independence movements in Egypt and India, leading in
the second case to massive communal conflicts during Independence in 1949. In
other words, the issue raised by the WTC is not "war between East and West" but
a growing confrontation between different groups of capitalists who are, however,
UNITED against the working class and agreed on the need for capitalism to survive.
That is why fundamentalists use the elitist method of terrorism rather than the
methods of the working class: strikes, occupations, reconnections, demonstrations,
land invasions etc. They are not anti-imperialist - they are anti-worker! Therefore
we stand with the Arab, North African, Central Asian and Indonesian working class
and peasantry against the capitalist regimes of the Middle East, North Africa,
Central Asia and Indonesia. AT THE SAME TIME stand with Western workers against
their own ruling classes and against Bush's war mania.
No to Bush's war
We condemn any and all attempts by the Bush regime to use the attacks as
excuse for war against Afghanistan. The main victims of such a war will be
ordinary people, workers and peasants; the ruling elite organised in the
Taliban will be mostly unaffected because they have the money to hide and
protect themselves. Bush and the US elite were hardly affected by the WTC
attacks; equally, the Jehadi and Taliban groups will also be unaffected.
We are also totally opposed to any attempt by the US capitalist class to
build a global "anti-terror" coalition or to increase their repressive
powers. We know it will be the left's turn next.
The main tasks of left-revolutionaries in this period are to stop the war
drive and growing political repression, and to fight racism against
Muslims, Arabs and others who are wrongly blamed for the attacks.
We ALSO call for support for Middle Eastern, North African, Central Asian
and Indonesian workers against the fundamentalists. These goals can only
accomplished through mass action by the working class itself.
- We call on US soldiers - particularly those from the oppressed
in the US - to refuse to fight Bush's imperialist and capitalist war
- We call for a campaign of rolling mass action - in both East and
West -against Bush's war
- We call for proletarian risings in the Muslim world against capitalism,
fundamentalism, terrorism and the US attacks
- Freedom and democracy for Palestine/ Israel and withdrawal of all US
forces from the Middle East
- We call on SA workers and revolutionaries to mobilise against the war
For revolutionary working class action and working class autonomy!
For peace and anarchism!
ENDORSED BY Bikisha Media
Collective & Anarchist Union
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