(Truth To Power American/European Imperialism)

I talk about the hypocrisy of American foreign policy in my book “The Solution For Black America: Reclaiming, Rebuilding, And Restoring The Urban Ghettos In America” Second Edition. The Arab spring is a term for the revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests  riots, and civil wars in the Arab world that began on December 18, 2010. Dictators have been forced from power in Tunisia; Egypt; Yemen; Bahrain; Algeria; Libya; and Syria. In the case of the Libyan civil war conflict started in Mali which has been described as “fallout” from the Arab Spring in North Africa. The sectarian clashes in Lebanon were described as a spillover violence of the Syrian uprising and hence the regional Arab Spring. The protests have shared some techniques of civil resistance in sustained campaigns involving strikes, demonstrations, marches, and rallies, as well as the effective use of social media to organize, communicate, and raise awareness in the face of state attempts at repression and Internet censorship.

Libyan Civil War, was a  armed conflict in the North African country of Libya, fought between forces loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and those seeking to oust his government. The war was preceded by protests in Benghazi beginning on Tuesday, 15 February 2011, which led to clashes with security forces that fired on the crowd. The protests escalated into a rebellion that spread across the country, with the forces opposing Gaddafi establishing an interim governing body. The United Nations/ International community intervened and passed an initial resolution on 26 February, freezing the assets of Gaddafi and his inner circle and restricting their travel, and referred the matter to the International Criminal Court for investigation. In early March, Gaddafi’s forces rallied, pushed eastwards and re-took several coastal cities before reaching Benghazi. A further U.N. resolution authorized member states to establish and enforce a no-fly zone over Libya, and to use “all necessary measures” to prevent attacks on civilians. The Gaddafi government then announced a ceasefire, but failed to uphold it, though it then accused rebels of violating the ceasefire when they continued to fight.

In August, rebel forces launched an offensive on the government-held coast of Libya, taking back territory lost months before and ultimately capturing the capital city of Tripoli, while Gaddafi evaded capture and loyalists engaged in a rearguard campaign. On 16 September 2011, the National Transitional Council was recognized by the United Nations as the legal representative of Libya, replacing the Gaddafi government. Muammar Gaddafi remained at large until 20 October 2011, when he was captured and killed. From the Bush administration’s launching of the war of aggression against Iraq in 2003 through to the Obama administration’s backing of a war for regime-change in the middle east, Washington has continuously draped its predatory policies in the Middle East in the false banners of “human rights” and “democracy.”  Such claims have been thoroughly refuted, in the first instance, by the immense human suffering and oppression wrought by US militarism in the region. It is estimated that the US “liberation” of Iraq cost millions of lives, turned millions more into refugees and lay waste to the country’s infrastructure and social institutions. In Syria, the promotion of a sectarian civil war by US imperialism and its allies has claimed more than 80,000 lives, while again producing millions of refugees and ravaging an entire society. Equally revealing is the collection of allies upon which Washington depends to pursue its strategic and profit interests in the Arab world. They are overwhelmingly reactionary monarchies that ruthlessly suppress any opposition within their own country: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan. These US-allied “champions of democracy” employ beheadings, torture, arbitrary imprisonment and religious obscurantism and persecution to sustain their parasitic dynasties. Now, the social upheavals in what is arguably Washington’s most important regional ally have torn to shreds the phony democratic pretenses and exposed the hypocrisy of US policy in the region. The White House and the State Department maintained a discreet silence in the wake of the brutal assault on peaceful demonstrators in Turkey. As heavily armed riot police unleashed tear gas, water cannon and stun grenades against the protesters, injuring hundreds, no one in the Obama administration uttered a word about human rights or democracy.

I watched a news press conference about The White House spokesman Jay Carney issued a mealy-mouthed statement affirming Washington’s platonic commitment to “freedom of expression and assembly,” while warning protesters against “provoking violence.” After making it clear that Obama would make no statement nor speak to Erdogan about the repression, the spokesman concluded: “is a very important ally. And look, all democracies have issues that they need to work through I think that we continue to work with Turkey on a range of issues as a NATO ally and as a key player in the region—and we look forward to doing that.” In calling Turkey a “key player in the region,” Carney was obviously referring to its role as a safe haven and forward base for the Islamist militias that Washington has unleashed on Syria. Foreign fighters from as far away as Chechnya, the Balkans and Western Europe are funneled across the Turkish border; Turkey also hosts a CIA station that coordinates the flow of billions of dollars in money and arms provided by Qatar and Saudi Arabia to fuel the slaughter across the border. Washington thus hypocritically claims that its war for regime-change in Syria is driven by its horror at Assad’s repression of armed Islamist opposition groups, but supports Erdogan’s repression of peaceful protests that could interfere with US war plans.

The Turkish government’s war policy is particularly unpopular. The Turkish developments mirror those within the United States itself, with the turn towards militarism and intervention abroad feeding the growth of attacks on democratic rights and police state measures at home. In both countries, both foreign and domestic policies are pursued in the interest of ruling corporate and financial cliques at the expense of the broad masses of working people. The moral charades performed by the Obama administration and its pseudo-left assets about “human rights” and “democracy” in Syria are, as the case of Turkey makes clear, completely hypocritical. They are designed to deceive the public about the criminal nature of Washington’s escalating campaign of military aggression to secure US hegemony over the oil-rich regions of the Middle East and Central Asia a campaign that threatens to drag the people of Turkey, the entire region and beyond into a bloody conflagration. The struggle for the democratic and social rights of working people in Syria, Turkey and throughout the planet can be conducted only on the basis of the independent political mobilization of the working class in struggle against imperialism and the capitalist profit system. The U.S. military has moved forces from Iraq to support its efforts in Afghanistan. Afghanistan and Pakistan, which border Iran to the east, are other important regional footholds for imperialism.

Yet despite their relentless effort to bring the people of Iraq and Afghanistan under the United States and Europe control, the leaders of the most powerful war machine ever have been unable to secure military victory. After years of war with no end in sight, the Pentagon brass and the White House have watered down their ambitious goals to a more attainable one: avoiding the appearance of defeat. They continue to send troops to kill and be killed so that the generals will not have to publicly admit that these wars cannot be won militarily. For example, U.S. officials have already started exploring a compromise with the Taliban in Afghanistan. They also know that if U.S. soldiers leave Iraq entirely, it will return to a path independent of U.S. interests. The Iraqis will never quietly accept U.S. dominance. The resistance in Iraq and Afghanistan has shown the world that the U.S. military is not all-powerful or invincible. They are inspiration to all who are fighting imperialist domination. By bogging down the U.S. war machine, they have given breathing room to other U.S. targets, such as Iran. Their struggle is an international struggle; they are one with the struggles of working-class and oppressed peoples around the world. The wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan are bloody acts of aggression. They do nothing to better the condition of the working class in the United States. The capitalists are not interested in ensuring that people have access to energy or that we live in peace. Rather, the U.S. government represents corporate interests who need the security of the U.S. military. In the United States, we must stand vocally and visibly in solidarity with the struggles of the people of the Middle East against profiteering and aggression.  We must expose the interests that the Pentagon serves under both Republicans and Democrats: those of the weapons manufacturers, the banks, and the private owners of natural resources. As an independent movement, we can fight against U.S. imperialism for freedom and self-determination for all. Real Christian Socialist Online

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