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(en) Australia, Melbourne, No to nationalist hysteria - by Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group

Date Wed, 26 Apr 2006 11:09:49 +0300


Leaflet by Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group distributed at
the antimilatarist action in 25 April (ANZAC Day) outside of the
then (1915-1918) IWW headquartes in Melbourne.
April 1915
In a minor episode of World War I, Australian and other troops of
the British Empire storm a Turkish beach. The war is a crime
against humanity, a clash of two great imperialist alliances over
territory, colonies and markets. Before the year’s end, the
Anzacs are sent packing, but the war drags on until 1918. Nine
million troops die for “their” country.

April 2006

The armies of the United States and its allies (including Australia)
occupy Iraq and have done since 2003. The occupation is a crime
against humanity, a grab for strategic military power and control over
some of the world’s largest oil deposits. At least 35,000 people,
mostly civilians, have been killed by the occupation, its puppet
government, or reactionary forces within the resistance. 2,500
imperialist troops have also died. The occupation has not yet been
sent packing.

Patriotism

John Howard and the Liberals, supported by the ALP, spread
romantic myths about the Anzacs in order to build support for
Australian imperialist adventures today and convince people of the
need for sacrifice in the “national interest”. Patriotism is
used to thwart resistance to unpopular wars by making it compulsory
to support “our” troops. It is also used in an attempt to
convince workers in Australia that we have the same interests as our
bosses, a common “national identity”.

Workers can end war

Workers around the world are on the same side. We can refuse to
fight the capitalists’ wars or make sacrifices for the sake of our
bosses’ competitive position. We can reach out to the workers of
Iraq and support them instead of the imperialist troops. We can
reach out to the workers of Asia and support their struggles against
oppression and exploitation. We can make a revolution that destroys
the State and capitalism worldwide. Then, never again, will anyone
have to die for their country.

YES TO WORKERS’

SOLIDARITY TO END WAR

Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group

25 April 2006
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