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(en) France: "Courant Alternatif" No.145 - Editorial (fr)

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Date Wed, 19 Jan 2005 14:51:59 +0100 (CET)

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After the war comes peace. Then another war. Then another war. Then again peace.
After each war the world gets a little peace, a little less war since Good always
triumphs against Evil. Thanks to the axis of Good, nasty dictators are finally
driven out and all the people of the world can rejoice because the conquered country
will soon know the joys of democracy, of the market economy, of consumerism...
In Iraq the war officially ended over one year ago. What then? We forget that
about thirty people die each day in attacks, that the world's media makes us
believe that the Iraqi people's resistance against American imperialism is
synonymous with religious fundamentalism and radical Islamism, but at the same
time they omit to announce that the attacks on Falluja over recent weeks saw
the deaths of more than 1,000 people, that sharia has been introduced and that
every progressive initiative is doubly repressed (both by Islamist forces and
by the occupying forces). Despite all this, we are told that all is well. The
great boom of reconstruction has made it possible for Western companies to
share out the country's resources: those countries who were opposed to the war
(France, Germany, Russia, China), the majority of which were already present
economically in Iraq (reason enough to oppose the war?) are trying to protect
their interests from Anglo-American hands. Having starved the Iraqi people for
over 10 years
with their embargo, the UN and the American administration are now promising
free, democratic elections as soon as possible. "Neo-colonialism" is on the
move to give the military a break.

Neither is France lagging behind, given that its army (which is ever-present in
France's private arena in Africa) opened fire on the crowds in the Ivory Coast.
Nothing new under the sun there! But there too the economic war is raging, with
the French capitalists who plunder the Ivory Coast's forests (Bolloré) having
lost control of cacao to the American imperialists who are going on the
offensive, thanks to the recent American elections. In fact, "nothing has
changed" - the same faces are back and ready to start again, only worse! The
famous "hawks" are spreading their wings after last November's electoral
pseudo-legitimation. The masters of the world are more arrogant than ever.

Other pawns are today moving on capital's chess-board. One by one, Eastern
Europe's last dictatorships are foundering on the winds of a cold war. These
movements, described as "spontaneous" by the Western media, are actually
secretly controlled by the CIA through the Serb network, Optor. Rifles and
tanks are here exchanged for discrete strategies, diplomatic rather than
military, with no less result. The war against terrorism does not only result
in conflicts in remote parts of the world. Under the pretext of security,
freedom-killing, security-obsessed laws proliferate, the social movements and
their members are being criminalized, revolutionary militants and the
population in general are under pressure, watched and repressed - even one-time
militants who are today under threat of extradition. Do the Italian refugees
see themselves being wished a merry christmas by the French justice
(injustice?) system which wants to send them back to the neo-fascists in the
Berlusconi government so that they can continue their repression and endless
revenge for May 1968? In the Basque Country, too, the French and Spanish states
are linking up to crush the Basque movement.

In this context, the only adequate response is the struggle of the oppressed
against the capitalist State. And struggles are being organized, local
initiatives are multiplying. A fine example is being provided in Saint Nazaire,
where for over a month there has been a bitter struggle between the bus drivers
and the management of their company. The results so far are few and far
between, but the class solidarity which has been demonstrated by the drivers is
a clear sign of hope.

OCL c/o clé des champs,
BP 20912, 44009 Nantes cedex 1

Text from "Courant Alternatif" No.145 - January 2005
Translation by FdCA-international relations

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