cropped-cropped-dokument-1-seite0016.jpgNorth Korea: Stop the War Mongering of US Imperialism!

Down with the imperialist sanctions against North Korea! No political support for the Stalinist Kim Regime!

 

Statement of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency, 4 April 2017, www.thecommunists.net

 

 

 

  1. The Trump Administration is threatening North Korea with more sanctions and war. According to media reports, “Trump’s national security aides have completed a review of U.S. options to try to curb North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs that includes economic and military measures“. (Reuters, 2 April 2017). It is currently deploying the THAAD missile defense system in South Korea which will increase the U.S. potential to attack North Korea.

 

  1. The official justification of these threats is that North Korea is continuing to develop it’s nuclear and missile programs. What hypocrisy! According to the 2016 issue of the SIPRI Yearbook, the U.S. is – together with Russia – the world’s biggest nuclear power with a war head inventory of 7,000. North Korea possesses, at maximum, 10 war heads! Furthermore it is the U.S. and not North Korea which is regularly waging wars in other countries – most recently in Syria and Iraq. Finally, while North Korea is no threat to the US, tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers and modern weapon system are stationed on the Korean Peninsula.

 

  1. The RCIT sharply denounces once again the further threats and provocations of US imperialism. It is an attempt to pressurize and subjugate North Korea. Worse, it could present the pretext of an US-led imperialist war against North Korea. The international workers movement must oppose the sanctions and mobilize against such a possible war. In case of a military conflict the RCIT calls for the defeat of the imperialist forces and their allies and for the defense of North Korea.

 

  1. The same tactic would apply in any confrontation between North Korea and South Korea. In such a conflict the RCIT would stand on the side of North Korea and for the defeat of its Southern neighbor which is a close ally of the US and a small imperialist power in its own right.

 

  1. One element of this conflict is the accelerating rivalry between the U.S. and China – the biggest old and the emerging imperialist powers. While the RCIT does not support any of the two powers in a confrontation, the present conflict is between the U.S. and North Korea where the inner-imperialist rivalry is a secondary factor. The primary element is the conflict between the biggest imperialist power and a small Stalinist country.

 

  1. In fact U.S. imperialism has already stationed troops on the Korean Peninsula since the end of World War II. It waged a war against North Korea in 1950-53 and tries to intimidate the country with a massive military build-up in South Korea since then. According to reports, the then U.S. Administration was close to wage war with North Korea in 1994 and was prepared to go for it despite calculating “the potential of a million dead in South Korea [which] was judged a viable if unfortunate cost.” (One can assume that such considerations would have been different if the potential causalities would not have been Koreans but American!) The war was avoided “by most accounts in the last hours of Washington’s decision-making process.” (STRATFOR: North Korea: A Problem Without a Solution, January 10, 2017)

 

  1. While the US policy of aggression against North Korea is going on since more than half a century, the present situation is particularly explosively. The reasons for this are, first, the deep crisis of the Trump Administration which is utterly incompetent and at loggerheads. It is furthermore despised both by a majority of the American people as well as large sections of the ruling class itself. Secondly, the South Korean ruling class itself is also facing a major domestic crisis with President Park Geun-hye kust being ousted and arrested. Hence the ruling classes, particularly of the U.S., have a major interest in an external political crisis or even war in order to deflect public attention from its domestic crisis.

 

  1. We have not the slightest political sympathy for the bureaucratic dictatorship of Kim Jong-Un in North Korea. It is a degenerated workers state, i.e. a country where a counter-revolutionary Stalinist bureaucracy rules over the working class on the basis of a planned economy. We support the working class’ struggle for a political revolution against the Stalinist dictatorship.

 

  1. But the U.S. aggression has nothing to do with democratic efforts as its decades-long alliances with the Gulf monarchies, its accommodation to the Assad tyranny waging a genocidal war against its own population or its past support for the military dictatorships in South Korea have sufficiently demonstrated. The Trump Administration is accelerating its aggression against North Korea exclusively in order to deflect public attention from its deep crisis and to continue the U.S. position as the world’s hegemonic predator. This is why a defeat of U.S. imperialism is desirable not only for North Korea but also for the whole international working class and all oppressed people!

 

* Down with the imperialist sanctions against North Korea! Stop the deployment of the THAAD missile defense system in South Korea!

 

* In any military conflict between the U.S. or South Korea on one side and North Korea on the other side: defeat the imperialist forces and their allies and defend North Korea!

 

* For demonstrations, strikes, sabotage etc. in order to stop the US military aggression!

 

* Down with the Stalinist dictatorship! For the political revolution!

 

* For the revolutionary unification of the Korean peninsula! For a Korean Workers and Peasant Republic!

 

 

 

International Secretariat of the RCIT

 

 

 

See also our past statements on the imperialist aggression against North Korea:

 

RCIT: New Imperialist Threats in East Asia: Hands off North Korea! 12.3.2013, https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/asia/defend-north-korea/

 

RCIT: No War against North Korea! Call for Protests on the Day when a War starts! 6.4.2013, https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/asia/no-war-against-north-korea/

 

 

 

For our analysis of the Trump Administration and the crisis of US imperialism we refer readers to various documents:

 

RCIT: World Perspectives 2017: The Struggle against the Reactionary Offensive in the Era of Trumpism. Theses on the World Situation, the Perspectives for Class Struggle and the Tasks of Revolutionaries, 18 December 2016, https://www.thecommunists.net/theory/world-perspectives-2017/

 

Michael Pröbsting: The Meaning, Consequences and Lessons of Trump‘s Victory. On the Lessons of the US Presidential Election Outcome and the Perspectives for the Domestic and International Class Struggle, 24.November 2016, http://www.thecommunists.net/theory/meaning-of-trump/

 

 

 

For our analysis of the emergence of South Korea as a small imperialist power we refer readers to various document:

 

Michael Pröbsting: Capitalist Development in South Korea and Taiwan (1997), https://www.thecommunists.net/theory/capitalism-in-south-korea-taiwan/

 

 

 

For our analysis of China as an emerging imperialist country we refer readers to various documents:

 

Michael Pröbsting: China‘s transformation into an imperialist power. A study of the economic, political and military aspects of China as a Great Power, in: Revolutionary Communism (English-language Journal of the RCIT) No. 4, http://www.thecommunists.net/publications/revcom-number-4;

 

Michael Pröbsting: Russia and China as Great Imperialist Powers. A Summary of the RCIT’s Analysis, 28 March 2014, in: Revolutionary Communism No. 22, http://www.thecommunists.net/theory/imperialist-china-and-russia/;

 

Michael Pröbsting: The China Question and the Marxist Theory of Imperialism. Again on China as an imperialist Power. Reply to a Polemic from CSR (Venezuela) and PCO (Argentina), December 2014, in: Revolutionary Communism No. 32, http://www.thecommunists.net/theory/reply-to-csr-pco-on-china/

 

 

 

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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. 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