You’ve heard it all before – Workers World
We’ve heard it all before. The US government is claiming a plot, aggression, or humanitarian crisis in another country. Washington then uses this claim to justify military invasion, occupation with “boots on the ground” and / or war with sanctions – wars that last for years, decades.
And always – surprise! – against countries which dare to claim their right to national, economic or political independence, vis-à-vis American “interests”.
Back in 1898: The expansion of US imperialism needed a pretext to invade Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Philippines, all under Spanish colonial control at the time. When the US battleship Maine exploded in Havana harbor – with no evidence that Spain hit the ship – US newspaper headlines screamed, “Remember Maine! To hell with Spain!
And then Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Rider cavalry started thundering and killing all over Cuba.
Fast forward to 2003: US General Colin Powell, before the UN Security Council, vowed that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction to justify the almost total destruction of the country by the United States, for example through bombardments, invasions, sanctions. He brandished props – some aluminum tubess – and hisid: “Colleagues, every statement I make today is supported by sources, solid sources. These are not assertions. What we are giving you are facts and conclusions based on solid information. (“What Colin Powell Knew”, The Interception, February 6, 2018)
Powell’s “factual” statement was exposed as the big lie in 2004 thanks to information gathered by thousands of UN and US inspectors on the ground in Iraq. They found no “weapon of mass destruction” in Iraq, no concrete plan to create WMD, no capacity to manufacture WMD, and no verbal encouragement from Iraqi officials to manufacture WMD.
In 2001, the US government waved the flag of “human rights” – the oppression of women in Afghanistan by the Taliban – to justify a war to control the land, labor and wealth of that country, its path to victory. oil and gas.
In 2021, the United States will withdraw from Afghanistan. Women and girls there will be under the reactionary domination of the Taliban. There is a legitimate concern about this.
No progressive revolution is taking place. This happened in 1979, when Afghan socialists and communists took power and began to overthrow centuries of patriarchal rule in the country. But American intervention and CIA plots ended this positive development – and sparked events that put the Taliban in power. (“Beware of Sirens Singing: Women and Afghanistan,” workers.org)
We cannot be fooled by the capitalist crocodile tears that are currently flowing over the plight of women in Afghanistan. How did the women of Madison Avenue react to the plight of Afghan women and girls when the United States began bombing them in 2001? Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine, organized a free lipstick expedition to this country, supposedly to boost the “morale” of women – really to test a new market for the cosmetics industry. (London Telegraph, November 17, 2002)
We are for the liberation of women and at the same time against imperialism. We know that women and oppressed people will never find the way to liberation through the quagmire of capitalism and imperialism.
There is an endless list of wars in which the imperialists have done their sleight of hand to hide the fact that they are the oppressors and capitalism the oppressive system.
The US government, whether led by Democrats or Republicans, fabricates evidence, deceives by omission, undermines progressive movements, and pits us against each other – to try to deceive the working people and the oppressed and force us to work and kill for the capitalism that exploits us.
To work for the liberation of women and gender-oppressed people – for the liberation of workers and all oppressed peoples – we must stand firm on the path of socialism, organizing ourselves in every creative way possible against capitalism.