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(en) Italy: FdCA Statement on the war

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Sun, 30 Mar 2003 10:09:36 +0200 (CEST)

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The Anglo-American invasion of Iraq is only the latest military
episode in the world war which broke out at the dawn of the 21st
century as a result of conflicting interests between great
powers and rampant regional elites. At stake is the economic
control of resources, deposits, commercial routes. At stake is
the political and ideological subjugation of the dominant
bourgeoisies and the popular masses of developing or very poor
countries. In a continual process of decomposition and
destabilization of the present geopolitical scenario in the
Middle East and the Turanic area, the UK and the USA are
pursuing the objective of stopping any development of political,
economic or religious powers which could damage Anglo-American
capitalist interests. After the Balkans, Afghanistan and
Palestine it is now the turn of Iraq which is guilty only of
being in a strategic part of the planet and of being governed by
a bloody dictator who has "broken loose" from (or been
"abandoned" by) his ex-ally, the USA.

The financial gains for the US economy from the war will be
short-lived, if any at all (see, for example, the recession
which folowed the 1991 war), but the effects of the instability
it will produce throughout the area must be considered knowingly
damaging and long-lasting.

However happy we may be as a result of damage to the
international institutions and the international balances of
power (cracks in the UN, the EU, NATO, the effects on the
already quarrelsome WTO, the scorn of Russia and China, the
increase in Islamic fundamentalism) there are certain other
aspects which worry us:

* the expansionist force of capitalist globalization through the
mondialization of markets and finance, the worldwide spread of
precarious and flexible labour and the privatization of the
collective social and environmental wealth, seems to have
exhausted its offensive fought only with the albeit violent
weapons of exploitation and slavery. A considerable part of
Capital has decided to relaunch an attack, this time with the
real arms of militarism and waged war;

* capitalist dominion together with militarism hits those people
who are already heavily exploited harder and exposes them to
nationalism and religious fundamentalism; it sows repression on
the internal front and demands that the various no-global
movements put up with it.

The anti-globalization movement, which has had been questioning
and criticising capitalism at an international level since the
end of the 20th century, needs to step up its effectiveness in
the face of militarist capitalism.

The task of anarchist communists, then, is to reveal the close
connections between capitalism and militarism and between
militarism and nationalism and to promote our ideas for the
anti-militarist and anti-capitalist struggle, where the search
for peace is central. Within the pacifist movement itself it is
necessary to spread and act on the knowledge that real peace is
built without and against capitalism, without and against
militarism. For this reason we are participating in the
demonstrations and mobilizations which are taking place all over
Italy at the momen. For this reason we will be at Aviano* on 5th
April. For this reason we are building mass committees against
the war to demand in the immediate future:
* a ceasefire
* the withdrawal of the invading armies
* the demilitarization of the area
* the re-establishment of civil, political and union liberties
in Iraq
* international aid and solidarity campaign for the Iraqi people
* an end to the embargo
* a real and immediate end to Italian involvement of any nature
in support for the present war

(Federation of Anarchist Communists)


* see http://www.disertalaguerra.da.ru/

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