Raleigh F.I.S.T. Statement on Libya
Posted by raleighfist on August 14, 2011
Fight Imperialism, Stand Together (FIST) calls for an immediate end to the criminal U.S./NATO war against Libya, as well as the wars in Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan, and elsewhere. The war against Libya is an act of aggression, a war of plunder, aims to deprive Libyans of their right to self-determination, and is an attempt to re-colonize Africa.
In the several months of the war on Libya, we have yet to see a massacre of unarmed civilians by pro-Gadhafi forces. What we have seen, however, is tremendous Western military interference in a civil war, thousands of civilian bombing casualties, and the wholesale destruction of most of Libya’s civilian and state infrastructure.
While there may be reasons for the people of Libya to raise grievances with their government, it is not our role as people here in the U.S. to speculate about the conditions of society there. Rather, we must come to the aid and defense of people anywhere in the world who are under the gun of U.S. imperialism. Is there a single example of U.S. military force aiding any genuine people’s liberation struggle in the past century? History shows the opposite. The U.S. has constantly intervened militarily to suppress liberation struggles, crush democracy movements, and stifle national independence all over the world, from Korea and Viet Nam to Haiti, Grenada, and Iraq. Why would the U.S. change its tune now?
The bombs that fall on Libya also fall on working-class communities across the U.S. Each cruise missile could pay 10 teachers for a year, yet the U.S. capitalist class recklessly pursues new wars while slashing funding for Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and Food Stamps. They use the wealth that all working people create through their labor to make war on nations which try to determine their own future outside of U.S. plans.