The CPGB-ML warmly applauds the heroic resistance that the Libyan people have mounted against imperialism’s six-month-long assault on their national sovereignty. Despite the blitzkrieg visited upon them by the best-equipped military forces on earth, deployed in support of a rag-tag band of terrorists and agents seeking to undo the gains of the revolution, the Libyan people have remained steadfast.
We recall Fidel Castro’s earlier warning that the “[i]crude attacks against the Libyan people, which have taken on a Nazi-fascist character, may be used against any third-world nation. The belligerent organisation now depends on Gaddafi. If he resists and does not yield to their demands, he will enter history as one of the great figures of the Arab nations.[/i]” ([i]panorama.am[/i])
Even were the resistance struggle now to flag, confronted with such an uneven balance of forces, Castro’s words would hold true. Yet despite the false impression created by government and media lies, it emerges that the forces of national resistance are in fact fighting on against enormous odds. In Sirte and elsewhere, the resistance continues.
[b]Anti-war movement’s treachery[/b]
Shamefully, it is at this hour of greatest peril for the Libyan revolution that the national leadership of the Stop the War Coalition has chosen to issue statements rowing in with the anti-Gaddafi hysteria whipped up by imperialist propaganda. So eager are they to see the Libyan revolution buried that they would dance on its grave, even whilst the outcome remains in the balance.
The final paragraph of a statement on Libya issued nationally by the Stop the War Coalition on 22 August chimed in with the imperialist demonisation of Gaddafi, airily informing us that “[i]The old rulers will not be missed if and when they depart. The decisive issues – genuinely democratic and popular regimes across the Arab world, the exclusion of great power interference in the region and justice for the Palestinian people – remain in the balance and require our solidarity.[/i]”
So rather than support [i]the real resistance that is actually being mounted[/i] against the aggression of our own ruling class, these gentry are reserving their precious ‘solidarity’ solely for what their tunnel vision is prepared to recognise as a “[i]genuinely democratic and popular[/i]” resistance movement – ie, a movement which for the moment exists only in the realm of their [i]imagination[/i].
Such ‘solidarity’ can well be dispensed with by those engaged in resisting imperialism in [i]reality[/i].
John Rees in turn informs us in a [i]YouTube[/i] interview that “nobody is going to shed a tear for the fall of this brutal dictator” and advises the quisling “Transitional National Council” to gain credibility by “telling the major powers where to get off” – ie, to adopt his [i]own[/i] tactic of salting a counter-revolutionary position with some bogus anti-Nato rhetoric.
Such games will not sanitise Nato’s quislings any more than they sanitise Rees’s own vile stance.
We denounce all such treachery towards the Libyan national resistance. It brings the Stop the War Coalition further into disrepute, weakening and dividing an anti-war movement whose ability to mobilise has already been seriously weakened over the past ten years by its persistent enslavement to social democracy.
[b]Reasons for Nato’s war on Libya[/b]
Rather than regurgitating Nato’s propaganda about the ‘dictator’ Gaddafi, Stop the War and others on the left in Britain should acquaint themselves and their followers with a few facts about Libya.
Workers in Britain and elsewhere need to understand the [i]real[/i] reasons for Nato’s aggression, which have nothing to do with democracy or human rights and everything to do with profit and domination.
[b]1. Oil and water[/b]
Libya’s natural resources are coveted by western multinationals. As well as wishing to siphon off Libya’s vast oil wealth (Libya is home to 3-4 percent of the world’s proven reserves), the Nato imperialists want to take control of the country’s valuable water reserves.
[b]2. A bad example[/b]
Libya has set an example to all of Africa in showing what can be done when resources are used to benefit the people. Under the Gaddafi government, all Libyans have had access to decent, cheap housing; education and health care have been universal and completely free; electricity has been free; women have enjoyed equal status with men.
The Great Man-made River project has been developing Libya’s water reserves for use by the people of Libya and surrounding nations, allowing the desert to bloom using sophisticated and sustainable technology, and depending solely on the country’s own financial resources.
In the 42 years since the Green Revolution, Libya’s people have gone from being the poorest in the world to the richest in Africa, enjoying a standard of living comparable to parts of western Europe.
[b]3. African unity[/b]
Libya has been working to free the people of Africa from colonialism, including helping to fund cheap telecommunications and domestic media and participating in development projects encompassing education, health and infrastructure.
It allocated massive funds for projects such as the African Central Bank and the African Monetary Fund. It has been a strong supporter of the African gold dinar currency plan and the African Union alliance.
Libya has given fraternal support and assistance to anti-imperialist liberation movements across Africa and beyond, including the ANC in South Africa, Zanu in Zimbabwe, the Sandinistas in Nicaragua, the Irish republican movement, socialist Cuba, Chavez’s Venezuela and Morales’ Bolivia.
[b]5. Dollar supremacy[/b]
Russia Today has reported that the Libyan government was planning to switch its reserve and trading currency from the dollar to the gold standard, further undermining the faltering US economy, which is already mired in crisis.
Not content with the many billions Gaddafi’s government invested in the West and the concessions already given by Libya to multinational oil companies, imperialist multinationals and governments want to get their hands on [i]all[/i] of Libya’s huge sovereign wealth funds.
All the above should provide ample reason for the self-appointed ‘leaders’ of the anti-war movement to campaign unambiguously for Gaddafi and against Nato. Instead, this motley crew of Counterfire Trotskyites and CPB revisionists have revealed their ultimate loyalty to the interests of British imperialism – and the great chasm that divides them from the masses of workers all over the world whose only future lies in smashing the system that Stop the War leaders seem so keen to embellish and perpetuate.
[b]British imperialists: thieves and terrorists[/b]
Meanwhile, the hypocrisy of the British state forces and media knows no bounds. At the same time as they are branding participants in the recent youth uprisings as ‘evil criminals’ and ‘thugs’, these free-market fundamentalists are attempting to steal the entire wealth of the Libyan people using the most blatant and outrageous terror tactics.
While the British judiciary is dishing out heavy penal sentences for such crimes as writing the words ‘Let’s start a riot’ on [i]Facebook[/i] (four years), receiving a pair of ‘looted’ shorts from a friend (nine months) or ‘nicking a bin’ (criminal record given to an 11-year-old), Nato’s incineration of Libyan army units attempting to defend their country, and the terroristic bombing of Libyan houses, schools, hospitals, power stations, water facilities and infrastructure with depleted uranium goes unremarked.
In the theft of the century, US and European governments have already stolen nearly $100bn worth of Libyan sovereign wealth funds that were deposited in the imperialist countries. This is being used to pay for their genocidal war on the formerly free Libyan people and to prop up the Libyan puppet forces, who are merely the ‘domestic’ front of what is, in reality, a straightforward case of modern-day colonialism. The stealing of this huge sum is a massive blow to the people of Africa.
[b]Unite the resistance[/b]
As monopoly capitalism feels itself falling under the hammer-blows of a profound economic depression and the intensifying pitch of anti-imperialist and anti-capitalist struggles worldwide, it will resort to ever more desperate measures to try and pull its chestnuts out of the fire.
Afghanistan, Iraq, Yugoslavia, Congo, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Ukraine, the DPRK, Cuba, Zimbabwe, Belarus, Honduras, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Columbia, Ecuador, Grenada … the list of countries singled out for US/British intervention in living memory, or threatened with it in the immediate future, in order to depose progressive regimes and prop up puppet rulers – and so preserve the flow of loot into imperialist coffers – is almost as long as the list of world nations.
It is time we stopped allowing British governments to commit such crimes in our name and withdrew our labour from every part of the war effort – whether serving in the forces, making the munitions, shipping the supplies or writing and broadcasting the war propaganda.
If British workers wish to put their own interests above those of the British imperialist ruling class, which is determined to loot, plunder, bludgeon and cut its way through the forthcoming political and economic crisis, we must learn who are our enemies and who are our friends. We will advance faster on the road to our own emancipation when we learn how to break the link with Labour and social democracy – and how to give [i]real[/i] solidarity to those engaged in resistance against our own imperialist masters.
The struggle of the Libyan people is also our struggle. Whatever the immediate future may hold, we may be sure that history is on our side.
[b]Victory to the Libyan resistance against Nato terrorism; victory to Gaddafi! No cooperation with British war crimes!
Workers of all countries, unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains; you have a world to win![/b]