Tripoli, Sunday, March 20, 2011—Libyans mourn during the funeral of people who were killed after air strikes.
The African People’s Solidarity Committee (APSC) condemns the U.S. imperialist attack on Libya—an attack that initiates yet another colonial war of occupation under the Obama regime, this time on the continent of Africa.
The U.S. and other imperialist powers opened the war on Libya with a “shock and awe” attack on March 19, the eighth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
The aggression against Libya included the launching of 100 “Tomahawk” cruise missiles and 40 bombs dropped from U.S. B-2 “Stealth Bombers.”
At least 60 civilians are reported to have been killed in this initial assault. This brutal action established the “no-fly zone,” that cleared the Libyan airways for a U.S.-backed invasion.
This enables the U.S. and other imperialist forces to terrorize the people of Libya with impunity, to steal Libyan oil interests in Benghazi and to try to secure a balance of power in the North African region in favor of the increasingly weakened U.S.
The U.S. initiated the action after the United Nations Security Council voted on Friday, March 18 to sanction the no-fly zone for the benefit of the imperialist powers.
The Security Council vote passed with the cowardly abstention of China and Russia, who are now making statements opposing the imperialist action. Even the neocolonial Arab League and the African Union, which generally act in the interest of imperialism, have opposed this war.
The U.S. charged that Libyan president Muammar Gaddafi was attacking the people of Libya—this was used as a pretense for this newest colonial war in the Middle East. In reality attacks on citizens are being waged by U.S. neocolonial client states such as Bahrain and Yemen, to which the U.S. government has issued no response.
While imperialist U.S. president Barack Obama states that he will not send in “ground troops,” in fact the U.S.-led imperialist forces have already been arming and leading the so-called rebels on the ground in Libya. Despite U.S. media claims to the contrary, the Libyan “rebels” are a small, imperialist-backed group whose sole purpose is to undermine the Gaddafi government and usher in U.S. interests.
On March 7, UK newspaper The Guardian reported that Libyan farm guards arrested seven British intelligence force soldiers near the oil-rich Libyan town of Benghazi.
As African Socialist International (ASI) Chairman Omali Yeshitela has stated, “The real issue is the crisis of imperialism that is challenging the balance of power in the North Africa/Middle East region to the detriment of U.S. and world imperialism.”
Rapid changes resulting from the mass uprisings in long-time neocolonial states such as Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and others in the region have undermined the strategic interests of the U.S. and Western imperialist forces.
In light of these developments in a region rich with oil and other resources and which has strategic interests including protecting the settler state of Israel, “Iran and Libya have become increasingly significant to the imperialists,” said Chairman Yeshitela.
“Libya’s opposition to the white nationalist Israeli settler state and support for Palestinian resistance offers another problem for the U.S. and other imperialists,” he continued.
APSC also denounces the desperate attacks on the people of Yemen and Bahrain by U.S.-influenced and directed governments.
As Chairman Yeshitela has stated, “This is an attempt to push back the tide of history resulting from the growing resistance of the peoples of the world that threatens to push Western imperialism into its grave.”
Even as the U.S. is bombing Libya it is intensifying its war against the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan. In the days leading up to the bombing of Libya, U.S. drone bombings murdered 40 people in Pakistan where anti-American protests have been growing following the release of the U.S. CIA agent who murdered Pakistani citizens.
U.S. attempting to return the world to open colonial domination
The U.S. is openly attempting to control the elections in Haiti where the Obama regime has appointed William Jefferson Clinton as the colonial viceroy.
Last week imperialist U.S. president Obama called neocolonial South African president Jacob Zuma in an attempt to persuade Zuma to prevent popular, U.S.-deposed former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide from returning to Haiti. Obama expressed no problem with the recent return of former murderous neocolonial dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier to Haiti, however.
Inside this country the U.S. is waging an increasingly deadly war against African and Indigenous people with massive military occupations of African and Mexican communities, ongoing police murders of African civilians, mass roundups into the colonial prison system and deepening poverty.
Inside the U.S. and throughout the world the masses of people are struggling to overturn the legacy of white power, which starves them and steals their resources and sovereignty for the benefit of the white world.
All throughout the Middle East and all over the African continent, in South America and inside the U.S., people are rising up by the millions!
The military assault on Libya is another desperate attempt to rescue imperialism from its inevitable downfall.
The anxiety of the white population—the oppressor nation—inside the U.S. and Europe is palpable as U.S. economic, political and military power faces serious threats to its parasitic existence on every front.
The crisis of imperialism is based on the fact that the U.S., Europe and capitalism itself were built on the enslavement of African people, the genocide of the Indigenous people and the theft of the land, resources and civilizations of the majority of the people on the planet.
Oppressed peoples of the world have had enough. They are struggling for justice and liberation by any means necessary.
African, Arab and Indigenous working classes are waging increasingly successful struggles to throw off the iron hand of this parasitic system. They are struggling for the return of their stolen resources and to regain control over their own nations, resources and governments.
APSC calls on the white population to abandon its unity with imperialism and join with oppressed peoples of the world, including those inside the U.S., who are struggling for national liberation, justice and power over their own lives.
White people who unite with the demands of the rest of the world’s peoples must go beyond calling for “peace.” This is a call to be part of creating a new and just world. Join the struggle to destroy imperialism and the pedestal on which we sit at the expense of the majority of humanity.
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U.S. out of Libya and the Middle East!
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U.S. and all imperialism out of Libya!