Stop the US Bombing of Libya!

Mobilize against the Expansion of the Imperialist War! Defeat the Imperialist Aggressors and Their Lackeys in Libya!

Statement of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 23.2.2016, www.thecommunists.net

 

  1. American warplanes bombed what were allegedly houses and camps of Daesh (the so-called “Islamic State”) in Western Libya on 19 February, killing at least 40 people. This seems to part of a long-term military campaign of the imperialist Great Powers to intervene in Libya and to regain control of the country. The New York Times reported: “For weeks, American and allied Western officials have mulled a possible air campaign against the Islamic State in Libya, particularly around its de facto headquarters in Surt. Libyan officials and news media outlets have reported the presence of American, French, British and Italian special forces units in the country in recent weeks, ostensibly on reconnaissance missions and to liaise with local militias.” (19.02.2016)

 

  1. The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) unreservedly condemns this latest aggression by the Great Western Powers. The imperialists claim to be waging a war against the reactionary Daesh forces. In fact, as we see every day in Syria, their war is mostly directed against Islamist rebel forces (fighting against the Assad dictatorship in the case of Syria) and the civilian population. The war against Daesh is a pretext – both of the Great Western Powers, as well as of imperialist Russia – for their attempts to liquidate the revolutionary process which started in the Arab world in 2011 in addition to expanding their respective spheres of influence. Their true goal is to gain control of the oil and gas reserves in the region (at the expense of their imperialist rivals) and, consistent with this, to enthrone loyal lackeys. Yet another aim of the Great Powers is to stop the poor in North Africa from migrating to imperialist Europe. European media have claimed that there are currently about 150,000 people waiting in Libya to cross the Mediterranean. The EU, which in the past could rely on the collaboration of the Gaddafi dictatorship to stop migrants from coming to Europe, has already adopted plans to intervene with its military on the Libyan coast to repulse potential African migrants.

 

  1. The latest military aggression of the US follows the failure of the Great Powers to impose a settlement of the civil war in Libya. As a result of the overthrow of the Gaddafi dictatorship in the autumn of 2011, there is no centralized state authority in that country and more than a quarter of a million people are armed and organized into various local militias. The imperialists and the Gulf monarchies have been attempting to regain control of Libya for some time by supporting the coalition called Amaliya al-Karama (“Operation Dignity”). This alliance is led by former Gaddafi officer and CIA agent, General Haftar, who heads up the so-called government based in the eastern city of Tobruk. However, until now, these forces have failed to defeat the rival alliance named Fajr Libya (“Libyan Dawn”) which constitutes the government based in the country’s capital, Tripoli. This latter government is dominated by various bourgeois and petty-bourgeois Islamist forces which previously played a leading role in the uprising of 2011. When Haftar’s war failed, the Great Powers – under the veil of the United Nations – tried to force the two camps to end the civil war and form a unity government. However these diplomatic negotiations, led by the German diplomat Martin Kobler, have failed until now because of the resistance of the Islamist government in Tripoli. The latter has even refused to allow Kobler’s plane to land in the capital since early January. While we give no political support to the Islamists and are fighting for independent mass organizations of the working class, we categorically state that, in this civil war, the main enemy is the camp of General Haftar.

 

  1. Against the chaotic backdrop of the civil war, Daesh has been able to build some local bases of support (mainly in the central coastal region around Sirte, the home town of the Gaddafi clan, and around the Western town of Sabratha). Marxists firmly denounce the Salafi-Takfiri Daesh as a counter-revolutionary force which often acts as an enemy and constitutes a physical threat to legitimate popular struggles (the anti-Assad rebels and the Kurds in Syria, the Fajr Libya forces, the popular resistance led by the Houthis in Yemen, etc.). Furthermore, Daesh has executed numerous barbaric terrorist attacks against civilians throughout the Arab world, Turkey, and recently in Paris. Daesh is a direct result of the failure of the Arab Revolution to achieve its democratic and social goals. It has profited from the increasing desperation of the plebeian urban and rural youth who want to fight against the ruling elite, but who lack any class-based organization and orientation. Naturally, Marxists support the legitimate struggle of popular forces in Syria, Libya, Yemen, and other countries against Daesh in order to eliminate this arch-reactionary threat.

 

  1. However, as the RCIT has pointed out many times, the imperialist Great Powers – the US, EU, Japan as well as China and Russia – remain the main enemies of the international working class and oppressed peoples. The control of the world economy by the imperialist monopolies and the domination of world politics by the Great Powers remain the main causes of the devastating economic, ecological and social catastrophes which are causing the deaths of millions of people each year. Hence, revolutionaries welcome all blows by oppressed peoples against the Great Powers’ drive to subjugate the world’s semi-colonial countries. In cases where local forces – even if they are Islamists (including Daesh) – resist the imperialist aggressors, we support such actions without, however, giving any political support to such forces of reaction.

 

  1. We call upon the international workers’ movement to mobilize against the new imperialist aggression in Libya. We condemn the reformist left – like the “Communist” Party of France and their friends in the Party of the European Left – which have failed to oppose the imperialist aggression. These hypocritical forces even voted in the French parliament for the “state of emergency” law after the 13 November attacks in Paris, legislation which became the cover for a wave of repression against Muslim migrants, including 3,289 raids and hundreds of arrests since then. We criticize all those centrists within and outside Europe who, while opposing the imperialist aggression, cowardly refuse to support the military struggle of the – mostly Islamist-led – resistance against the imperialist occupants.

 

  1. Revolutionaries should join forces on the basis of the position “Defend Libya – Defeat the Imperialists and their Lackeys!“ They should unite and fight based on the following slogans:

* Stop the US Bombing of Libya! Mobilize against the Great Powers’ plans to intervene militarily in Libya and along its coast! Support the resistance against imperialist aggression!

* Defeat General Haftar’s alliance of imperialist lackeys, without giving any political support to the Islamists!

* No to reactionary sectarianism! Down with the Salafi-Takfiri Daesh!

* For independent workers’ and popular councils and militias! For a workers’ and popular government in Libya which will expropriate the domestic bourgeoisie and the foreign monopolies! For the nationalization of industry and banks under workers control!

* Victory to the Syrian Revolution against the Assad Regime! Solidarity with the popular resistance in Egypt against General al-Sisi!

* For a socialist federation of the people of the Maghreb and Mashriq!

 

International Secretariat of the RCIT

 

 

 

We refer readers to the numerous statements and articles on the Arab Revolution and the imperialist aggression which can be found on the RCIT’s website http://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/. In particular we refer to the following documents:

 

RCIT: World Perspectives 2016: Chapter IV.2. Counterrevolutionary Offensive: The Retreat of the Arab Revolution Continues Despite Heroic Popular Struggles, January 2016, http://www.thecommunists.net/theory/world-perspectives-2016/part6/

 

Yossi Schwarz: Why Revolutionary Marxists Oppose Daesh/ISIL, 15.12.2015, http://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/marxists-vs-daesh/

 

RCIT: Great Powers Aim to Liquidate the Syrian Revolution! Mobilize for International Solidarity with the Syrian Liberation Struggle against the Assad Dictatorship! Stop the US, Russian and French Air Strikes! No to Daesh/IS-Terrorism! 18.11.2015, http://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/great-powers-syria/

 

RCIT: Throw Open the Gates of Europe to Refugees! Long live International Solidarity of the Workers and Poor! Down with the Imperialist Fortress EU! Advance the Arab Revolution to Build Workers and Peasant Republics! 15.9.2015, http://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/europe/refugees-are-welcome/

 

RCIT: Europe / North Africa: Storm the Gates of Rome! Open Borders for Refugees! Stop the Imperialist EU-War against Refugees! No to the Preparations for an Imperialist Aggression against Libya! 22.5.2015, http://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/europe/eu-war-against-refugees/

 

RCIT: Revolution and Counterrevolution in the Arab World: An Acid Test for Revolutionaries, http://www.thecommunists.net/theory/theses-arab-revolution/

 

RCIT: General Sisi, Hollande, Obama: Hands Off Libya! Defeat General Haftars’ Imperialist Lackeys! Down with the Daash-Gang of Killers! For a Workers’ and Popular Government! 26.2.2015, http://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/hands-off-libya/

 

RCIT: Defeat Obama’s New Crusade in the Middle East! For an International Mass Movement to Defeat the Offensive of the Great Western Powers! Support the Kurdish Struggle for an Independent State! No to the Harassment of Muslims in Western Countries! 18.9.2014, http://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/obama-s-new-crusade/

 

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What the RCIT stands for Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT)is a revolutionary combat organisation fighting for the liberation of the working class and all oppressed. It has national sections in a number of countries. The working class is composed of all those (and their families) who are forced to sell their labor power as wage earners to the capitalists. The RCIT stands on the theory and practice of the revolutionary workers’ movement associated with the names of Marx, Engels, Lenin, and Trotsky. Capitalism endangers our lives and the future of humanity. Unemployment, war, environmental disasters, hunger, and exploitation are all part of everyday life under capitalism as are the imperialistic oppression of nations, the national oppression of migrants, and the oppression of women, young people, and homosexuals. Therefore, we want to eliminate capitalism. The liberation of the working class and all oppressed is possible only in a classless society without exploitation and oppression. Such a society can only be established internationally. Therefore, the RCIT is fighting for a socialist revolution at home and around the world. This revolution must be carried out and lead by the working class, for only this class has the collective power to bring down the ruling class and build a socialist society. The revolution cannot proceed peacefully because a ruling class never has nor ever will voluntarily surrender its power. By necessity, therefore, the road to liberation includes armed rebellion and civil war against the capitalists. The RCIT is fighting for the establishment of workers’ and peasants’ republics, where the oppressed organize themselves in councils democratically elected in rank-and-file meetings in factories, neighbourhoods, and schools. These councils, in turn, elect and control the government and all other statue authorities, and always retain the right to recall them. Authentic socialism and communism have nothing to do with the so-called “socialism” that ruled in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and which continues to do so in China and Cuba, for example. In these countries, the proletariat was and is dominated and oppressed by a privileged party bureaucracy. Under capitalism, the RCIT supports all efforts to improve the living conditions of the workers and oppressed, while simultaneously striving to overthrow this system based on economic exploitation of the masses. Towards these ends, we work from within the trade unions where we advocate class struggle, socialism, and workers’ democracy. But trade unions and social democracy are controlled by a bureaucracy perniciously connected with the state and capital via status, high-paying jobs, and other privileges. Thus, the trade union bureaucracy is far from the interests and living conditions of its members, based as it is on the top, privileged layers of the working class – a labor aristocracy which has no real interest in replacing capitalism. Therefore, the true struggle for the liberation of the working class, the toppling of capitalism and the establishment of socialism, must be based on the broad mass of the proletariat rather than their “representative” from the upper trade union strata. We also fight for the expropriation of the big land owners as well as for the nationalisation of the land and its distribution to the poor and landless peasants. Towards this goal we struggle for the independent organisation of the rural workers. We support national liberation movements against oppression. We also support the anti-imperialist struggles of oppressed peoples against the great powers. Within these movements we advocate a revolutionary leadership as an alternative to nationalist or reformist forces. While the RCIT strives for unity of action with other organizations, we are acutely aware that the policies of social democrats and pseudo-revolutionary groups are dangerous, and ultimately represent an obstacle to the emancipation of the working class, peasants, and the otherwise oppressed. In wars between imperialist states we take a revolutionary defeatist position: we do not support either side, but rather advocate the transformation of the war into a civil war against the ruling class in each of the warring states. In wars between imperialist powers (or their stooges) and a semi-colonial countries we stand for the defeat of the former and the victory of the oppressed countries. As communists, we maintain that the struggle against national oppression and all types of social oppression (women, youth, sexual minorities etc.) must be lead by the working class, because only the latter is capable of fomenting a revolutionarily change in society . Therefore, we consistently support working class-based revolutionary movements of the socially oppressed, while opposing the leadership of petty-bourgeois forces (feminism, nationalism, Islamism, etc.), who ultimately dance to the tune of the capitalists, and strive to replace them with revolutionary communist leadership. Only with a revolutionary party fighting as its leadership can the working class be victorious in its struggle for liberation. The establishment of such a party and the execution of a successful revolution, as it was demonstrated by the Bolsheviks in Russia under Lenin and Trotsky remain the models for revolutionary parties and revolutions in the 21st century. For new, revolutionary workers' parties in all countries! For a 5th Workers International to be founded on a revolutionary program! Join the RCIT! No future without socialism! No socialism without revolution! No revolution without a revolutionary party!
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  1. mechkary2@yandex.ru says:

    Hello.
    1. In Russia, there is no strong left opposition. Party Zyuganov – racist.
    Why?
    Answer.
    a. Dial google site for Russian “Sochi Dargins” will come out on the site of the St. Petersburg branch of the party Zyuganov racist slander article annoying ethnic Dargin titled “How a Russian Caucasus”
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    b. dial the search site Yandex “Magomedov tram” will come out on the Russian slanderous Caucasophobia
    at. in close to Zyuganov’s party newspaper “Soviet Russia”, “kavkazofobskaya article Caucasian ridge problems”

    2. In the Russian fascists in power – Zhirinovsky, Minister of Tkachev as an example
    Fascists from Russia sometimes like evrosoyusche power in the United States, a fascist Alexei Navalny in 2008 proposed to close the Chechens and Ingush in the ghetto

    3. Let us promote the idea. Seychs almost everywhere in the world the state gives a person 100% set of civil rights upon reaching a certain age. It is necessary to demolish the medieval anachronism. The rights should be tied to the level of development and scholarship

    4. According to information available on the territory of St. Petersburg, Bryansk region passed an unconstitutional ordinance (the AKP), according to which at night are prohibited from being on the street by people under 18 (!) Years. This contradicts the basic law of Russia – the Constitution, Article 27 on freedom of movement. In addition: 1. Under current law people have the right to start work at the age of 14, to have sex with 16 years, to use public transport to 7 years. A closer look we see that: – The law does not prohibit part time in private, such as for example, help in plumbing work or setting up computer equipment. ACP prevents the implementation of a permanent employment or part-time because it is possible to return to the place of residence to part-time work at any time of the day – the AKP prevent sexual and personal life of the citizens, since the law is not regulated, what time should commit acts of intimacy, acts of intimacy is allowed to do at any time, in any dwelling, respectively, can not be regulated by the return from the meeting – Citizens have the right to use public transport, long before 18 years of age, respectively, prevents the return of the AKP in the residence with good transport links. And if long-distance trains arriving in the city of residence of a citizen in the night? 2. Many citizens are forced to help elderly relatives, which are moved through the city 3. Nonresident citizens often come back at night in a hostel in the city study of native settlements 4. The citizens formed a negative image of the police and the state as a whole (the risk that young people protest can go to the extremist community) 5. Discrimination contributes to mental illness, aggravates social problems may be a factor of depression and suicide crimes 6. The citizen is not obliged to carry a watch, have hours and hours to be able to use. So this is a gross violation of national and international. 7. Moreover, it is a violation of the Russian Federation adopted the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights – Articles 2,7,9,10,12,17 pact (since 16 years, people have the right to privacy), 18,21,22, 26 Please distribute, write to the United Nations in the Court of Human Rights, the President of Russia, the Russian prosecutor’s office, the investigative committee of Russia

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