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(en) Workers Solidarity #74 - US anarchists against the war

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Sat, 22 Feb 2003 15:31:40 +0100 (CET)

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One of the favourite arguments of the pro-war
crowd in Ireland is that anyone who opposes the
war is 'anti-American'. Leaving aside the fact
that they are reducing the one billion population
of the Americas to the 250 million resident in the
US is there anything to this claim? The hundreds
of thousands who have already demonstrated
against the war in the US obviously don't think
so. Anarchists in the US are part of the anti-war
movements there. Below we reproduce the text
of a leaflet produced by one anarchist group
there for the January 18th anti-war
demonstration in Washington DC. 

              NO WAR BUT CLASS WAR

The elite of the USA and Iraq, personified by George
Bush and Saddam Hussein, are leading their countries
and much of the world, into a disastrous confrontation
on the plains where civilization arose. The cost of this
clash of powers will be paid, in sweat and in blood, by
millions of people across the globe to enrich the coffers
of the sultans of industry, their executors of State, and
officers of war.

In this struggle over petrochemical wealth we will have
no share of riches, only sorrow. This war, and all future
wars of nationalist futility, will never be prevented by
appeals to those who would be our masters. Only when
we, whose toil creates their wealth, cast off these
murderous despots, can we enjoy the peace and freedom
which is the right of each and all.

The hollow excuses for this war cannot be defended. The
tyrannical regime in Iraq, while a misery for its citizens
and a threat to its neighbors, is to Western powers but
an opportunity to introduce a greater military presence
in an economically and geographically strategic point on
the global chessboard. Even as heads of State prepare
for war against Iraq, they dance diplomatically around
North Korea. Even as they demonize a despot in Iraq,
they support monarchies and dictatorships around the
world. They would wage war against Iraq not because
they must, but because they can.

Unemployment, low wages, lack of education and decent
housing in the USA are mirrored by outright starvation
and continual warfare in Iraq. Our mutual suffering is
for the benefit of the elite and the States they control.
Taxes on American workers fund the military that
guarantees control of cheap oil for industry and the
profits of its owners. For their pleasure we pay the
State, in sweat and in blood. 

The oil for which we toil and kill, poisons the very earth
itself. Instead of developing sustainable energy and
managing resources for the benefit of all humankind,
the energy most easily controlled is extracted and
marketed for the profit of the powerful. These oil wars
are not only wars against humanity, but against the
earth itself. 

The current economic crisis of overproduction, wage
slavery, and rampant speculation in the financial
markets cannot be solved by the gluttonous destruction
of war. War will only increase the miseries of we who
must pay for the pleasures of those who exploit the
world for their own desires. Americans, and citizens of
the world, must say no to Iraqnophobia and yes to
freedom! No to the war on our fellow citizens and yes to
war against the bosses and States! War will only end
with the end of capitalism and nationalism. No to the
war on our fellow workers and yes to war against all of
the international ruling elite! NO WAR BUT CLASS

Roundhouse Collective (North East Federation of
Anarchist Communists), Baltimore, Maryland, USA"
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