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(en) Libertarian campaign against all wars [a-infos international collective joins too I.S.]

From "Chris R" <christopher@nodo50.org>
Date Tue, 4 Feb 2003 04:26:55 -0500 (EST)

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The prospect for a new Gulf war appears more unavoidable with each passing

At the same time, colonial wars are multiplying, in Chechnya, the Ivory
Coast, Palestine, etc. The whole world is bloodied with these conflicts,
either openly carried out by the rich States, or manipulated for the benefit
of capitalist profit, in particular of the multinationals.

Capitalism needs war to maintain its domination. Wars are directed against
poor countries in order to exploit their natural resources for the profit of
the dominant countries and to the detriment of local populations. They often
occur after long years of Western support for the dictatorships in place.
This is the case for example in Iraq, where Saddam Hussein was helped over a
long period by the rich countries before becoming a hunted man. When rich
States make war, they are not worried for one second about the people, whose
liberation from the dictatorship which oppresses them is, however,
necessary. It is all the more indecent to make use of it as a pretext with
which to bombard these populations!

The "decision makers" of the rich countries cynically recognize this: war is
"good" for getting rid of economic "uncertainty". Which, deciphered, means:
the plundering of the natural resources of certain countries is necessary in
order to increase the benefits to big business. To invest in armaments and
"antiterrorism" rather than in the public and social services is the
business choice clearly made by all Western leaders.

But these wars are above all wars of hegemony, before even any consideration
of their economic motives. They are wars of influence between dominant
countries, to show and reinforce their supremacy. The United States wants to
show its absolute military power by silencing, through terror, anyone who
calls its hegemony into question or anyone who contests the plundering of
the planet for its profit.

Capitalism must terrorize populations in order to continue exploiting them.
Imperialists wars carried out by the rich countries are the external echo of
the repressive policies which are applied in their own territory. Military
conflicts and the criminalisation of poverty are two sides of the one dollar
or one euro coin!

The true "Axis of Evil", responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths
throughout the world, is capitalism, in its race for profit, and its
exploitation which generates misery and despair. The Heads of State who will
meet in Evian (France) next June at the next G8 summit are criminals, both
war criminals and economic criminals.

The rich countries arrogate the right to decide, in spite of their elitist,
classist political systems (the election by blackmail of Jacques Chirac in
France, the fraudulent election of George W. Bush, the mafia-like practices
of Silvio Berlusconi, Putin elected to deal with a war which he started,
etc). Moreover, they impose their decisions on the rest of the world. Eight
people who decide for six billion! Where is the justice in that? They
violate even the most basic international law (as in Guantanamo, for
example, where six hundred prisoners are held in all illegality); they
ignore the decisions of the international puppet institutions like the UN,
which, however, they themselves set up, to make us believe in their
democratic will.

Throughout the world, our organizations, trade unions, networks and
communities are opposing war and taking part in the building of a vast
movement to reject this barbarity. Let there be more and more of us, so that
we will be able to keep capitalism's logic of death in check.

War always serves the rich, and always kills the poor.

* No to the war in Iraq, Chechnya, Palestine and the Ivory Coast!
* For disarmament and demilitarization everywhere in the world!
* Freedom for the people and the right to self-determination!
* Solidarity with the victims of dictatorships!

-A-infos - Anarchist Information Service international collective)
-Alternative Libertaire (France)
-Consejo Indígena Popular Oaxaca-Ricardo Flores Magón (México)
-Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici (Italy)
-Red Libertaria Apoyo Mutuo (Spain)
-Unicobas (Italy)

More signatures forthcoming

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Spanish version:

Italian versión:

To sign this declaration, please contact Alternative Libertaire at:

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