Bush's illegal, unwarranted, and inhumane war against Iraq is rightly being condemned by masses of people all over the world. We in News and Letters Committees, America's only Marxist-Humanist organization, join with these powerful voices of opposition, as we seek to project a vision of a new, human society as the absolute opposite to the barbarism that has been released with Bush's war.
As this war begins to unfold, it is clear that it has NOTHING to do with "liberating" the Iraqi people and everything to do with extending U.S. global power both at the expense of the Iraqi AND American people. Bush's effort to "decapitate Hussein" in the first hours of the war clearly reflected the administration's intent to get rid of Hussein while preserving as much of the Iraqi repressive state apparatus--its police, military, and oppressive Ba'ath Party institutions--as possible. Now that that attack's initial goals were apparently unsuccessful, and resistance to the U.S. invasion is showing itself from various quarters inside Iraq, a U.S.-led bloodbath may well ensure. Now is the time to make our voices heard in opposition to the U.S. drive for war and FOR a new human society opposed to ALL repressive rulers as never before!
The Lead-Editorial, below, presents our analysis of the unfolding situation. We encourage you to send us your views and responses.
The Resident Editorial Board,
George W. Bush's illegal, unwarranted and barbarous war against Iraq clearly has nothing to do with "liberating" the Iraqi people and everything to do with extending U.S. global power at the expense of both the Iraqi and American populace. At the same time that global reach finds limitations in the faltering economy and conflicts with allies Turkey and the European union. The resistance to U.S. militarism can grow by keeping in mind that there is no national capitalist solution to the U.S. drive for war.
From the Writings of Raya Dunayevskaya: Marxist-Humanist
April 4 is an appropriate date to remember the
resistance to the Vietnam War and the Black Civil Rights movement. For on that
date, in 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was gunned down in Memphis, Tennessee
where he came to support sanitation workers on strike. Where King connected, and
where he failed to connect, to Reason in the Black struggle for freedom speaks
to today's struggles against war and racism and for liberation.
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A fight to stop the curtailments in minority and women's rights in college admissions and employment is shaping up in Michigan. A march in Detroit drew together the movement for affirmative action's many allies.
GM cloaks runaway production in parts imported from Mexico, but workers on the inside know the threat they pose.
The qualities of the ancient heroic figure Antigone may
help us understand Helen Macfarlane, the unknown translator of the first English
edition of the Communist Manifesto. Not only did Macfarlane challenge the
oppressive state but she also stood out as on who voiced the aspiration of the
common person, especially women.
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