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by Left Party - Partido de Izquierda Monday, Feb. 24, 2003 at 12:47 AM
leftparty@leftparty.org (415) 452-9992 3311 Mission Street, San Francisco, California 94110, USA

A Long Term Strategy for the Antiwar Movement

A Long Term Strategy for the Antiwar Movement
By Sebastian Robles

February 2003
“America has no empire to extend …”
-George W. Bush, June 2002

“[America] has no territorial ambitions. We don't seek an empire.” -George W. Bush, November 2002

US President George W. Bush’s assurances notwithstanding, the global antiwar movement has managed to delay the US’ imperial plans to attack and occupy Iraq for over a year and widened the differences among various imperialist countries, a major tactical victory. Now the question is how to keep this tactical victory from being co-opted by imperialist rivalries and thus transformed into defeat, and how to advance to the real solution to war, poverty, desperation, terrorism ...How to secure the strategic victory of workers and youth.

It is no secret that the US was ready to move into the Middle East immediately after the end of the bombing campaign on Afghanistan more than a year ago. All circumstances were favorable for the US ruling class and the Bush administration to go to the second stage of its global offensive against the world: they had broad support at home, including almost unanimous support in Congress, a reactionary conjuncture imposed upon the country after September 11, and the military means to do the job. However, US interests in the Middle East clash with those of France, Germany, Russia and China. A huge international antiwar movement poured through this crack between the world’s main imperial powers and threw a monkey wrench into Bush’s war drive, slowing down the military offensive and, in turn, worsening the inter-imperialist contradictions between the US and Europe.

Read the entire article and the Dossier "No War for Empire" at http://www.sf-frontlines.com

The Dossier Includes:

* Developing anti-imperialist Consciousness
Mass demonstrations around the world; the experience of ordinary people; the refusal of the ruling class to make concessions.

* The Collapse of the Old World Order
NATO and the UN crisis. The end of the cold war and the end of the anticommunist alliances.

* The Era of Imperialist Senility and Death Agony
Scarcier oil, water, crisis of the world imperialist productive machinery, drop in the worldwide rate of profits and the environmental catasthrophe ...

* A New Imperialist Club of Nations VS. Unilateral US Empire Building The increasing rift between imperial powers for the control of vital regions of the world.

* US Military/Political Offensive: The Empire Building

* The Iraq crisis, the Dynamic of Military Intervention and the need for a New Left

* The Building of an Empire Without Trickle Down Benefits for the Working Class of the Metropolis?

* Perspectives: Iraq is One of Many Battlefields
Iran, North Korea, Yemen? Colombia, Bolivia ...?

Read the entire dossier at:


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