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3/29: March With the Revolutionary Internationalist Contingent in Boston! (english)
26 Mar 2003
Modified: 27 Mar 2003
Call for contingent at March 29 Anti-War Demo
All U.S. Troops Out of the Near East Now!
Down With U.S. Imperialism!
Defend Iraq!
For Class Struggle Against U.S. Capitalist Rulers!

Join the Revolutionary Internationalist Contingent!
Boston Common -- March 29
The U.S. imperialist rulers have unleashed mass murder and destruction on Iraq to be followed by a direct colonial occupation of that country. The U.S. government aims to add tens of thousands of Iraqi corpses to the more than a million already produced by the last Gulf War and the deadly UN sanctions. This is intended as a bloody warning to the whole world, and particularly to Wall Street’s most powerful economic and political rivals in Berlin and Tokyo: stand in the way of the U.S. capitalists and you will be crushed! This war is predatory and imperialist on the part of the U.S. but just and defensive on the part of Iraq. Working people and opponents of U.S. imperialism must take a side in defense of Iraq, without giving any political support to the bloody Saddam Hussein regime—Defend Iraq!

The Spartacist League, Spartacus Youth Clubs and Labor Black Leagues call on those who oppose U.S. imperialism to join our revolutionary internationalist contingent in Boston on March 29th, based on the demands: All U.S. troops out of the Near East now! Down with U.S. imperialism! Defend Iraq! For class struggle against U.S. capitalist rulers! March with the proletarian internationalist revolutionists who tell the truth to the masses: that only socialist revolution can end imperialist war!

Any blow against the U.S. imperialist military is a blow against the common enemy of the world’s working class and oppressed. Especially given the overwhelming military superiority of U.S. forces, the chief means of defending Iraq is working-class struggle against the U.S. capitalists at home.

Imperialist war demands class peace. Workers, blacks and immigrants face an all-sided attack under the “war on terror,” which is backed by the Republicans and Democrats alike. The fight against imperialist war abroad is part and parcel of the fight against the war on working people at home. It is necessary to struggle against the capitalist system of production for profit which is the root cause of war, exploitation and oppression. But the organizers of the mass antiwar protests are proceeding in the exact opposite direction—turning these protests into platforms to garner votes and political support for a wing of the capitalist Democratic Party.

We are marching in counterposition to this program of “unity” with the upholders of the capitalist system, who oppose the war for now because they don’t think it best serves the interests of rapacious U.S. imperialism. Such Democrats, along with the capitalist Green Party, posture as friends of the oppressed in order to better channel the discontent with this racist capitalist system back into dead-end electoral politics. We say: Break with the Democratic Party of racism and war! For a workers party that fights for socialist revolution!

The organizers of the demonstrations, such as the Workers World Party’s ANSWER, the Revolutionary Communist Party’s Not In Our Name (NION) and the United for Peace and Justice coalitions raise such calls as “No war on Iraq” and refuse to take a side in defense of Iraq. To do so would mean siding with the “enemy,” a position that would preclude the participation of any purportedly antiwar wing of the bourgeoisie.

Leon Trotsky, co-leader with V.I. Lenin of the 1917 Russian Revolution, argued against this class-collaborationist orientation in his “Declaration to the Antiwar Congress at Amsterdam” (July 1932):

“To condemn war is easy; to overcome it is difficult. The struggle against war is a struggle against the classes which rule society and which hold in their hands both its productive forces and its destructive weapons. It is not possible to prevent war by moral indignation, by meetings, by resolutions, by newspaperiarticles, and by congresses. As long as the bourgeoisie has at its
command the banks, the factories, the land, the press, and the state apparatus, it will always be able to drive the people to war when its interests demand it.”

“Antiwar” bourgeois politicians push UN weapons inspections, and even the murderous UN sanctions which are themselves acts of war, as a supposed “alternative” to war. The UN is nothing other than a fig leaf for imperialist slaughter, from the 1950-53 Korean War which killed over three million people to the first Gulf War. Even with UN backing, this would be a predatory war by U.S. imperialism.

As a result of the destruction of the Soviet Union by capitalist counterrevolution in 1991-92, the U.S. imperialists now feel free to run roughshod over the planet. The Soviet Union was a degenerated workers state which, despite the rule of a nationalist bureaucracy, embodied enormous gains for the working people, women and national minorities as a result of the planned, collectivized economy. The USSR was the military and industrial powerhouse for every state that had overthrown capitalism, from Vietnam to Cuba. We fought for the unconditional military defense of the Soviet Union against imperialist attack and capitalist counterrevolution, and for a workers political revolution to oust the Stalinist bureaucracy. Today we wage the same fight in defense of the remaining deformed workers states: Defend North Korea’s right to nuclear weapons! Defend China, Cuba and Vietnam!

Most of today’s pseudo-socialists cheered the destructtion of the Soviet Union, after having supported just about every counterrevolutionary movement in the Soviet Bloc, from Polish Solidarnosc to Boris Yeltsin. The International Socialist Organization (ISO), Progressive Labor (PL), Revolutionary Communist Party and Socialist Action, who today refuse to take on their “own” bourgeoisie in defense of Iraq, sided with U.S. imperialism in its drive to destroy the homeland of the Bolshevik Revolution.

Just as the capitalists are driven to maximize profit by squeezing more from the workers for less, the most industrially advanced nations are driven to compete with each other over markets, raw materials and spheres of investment. This struggle leads to economic wars, which ultimately lead to shooting wars. And the destruction of the USSR has brought on increased interimperialist rivalries.

The only way that a future interimperialist war—like World War I and World War II—can be prevented is through socialist revolutions that seize control of society’s productive resources from the capitalists and reorganize society based on economic planning for social need rather than profit. Only the working class, whose collective labor produces all profit, has both the power and the objective interests to accomplish this task. The important actions already carried out by Scottish and Italian rail workers, blocking munitions shipments destined for U.S. and allied forces in the Near East, point the way forward for U.S. workers, who must take up the struggle here in the belly of the imperialist beast.

But it is impossible to mobilize such a struggle if opposition to the war is subordinated to a wing of the capitalist class. In the 1930s, then-Trotskyist James
Burnham (John West) pointed out in War and the Workers:

“To suppose...that revolutionists can work out a common ‘program against war’ with non-revolutionists is a fatal illusion. Any organization based upon such a program is not merely powerless to prevent war; in practice it acts to promote war, both because it serves in its own way to uphold the system that breeds war, and because it diverts the attention of its members from the real fight against war.”

We say: for class struggle against the U.S. capitalist rulers! In contrast, the ISO publication Socialist Worker Online (22 November 2002) declares that “antiwar groups have to be open to anyone who opposes the Bush war drive,” including people who might agree with “UN weapons inspections or even the U.S. war on Afghanistan. Otherwise, the movement will close itself off.” What this means in practice is unity with bourgeois elements whose interests are irreconcilably counterposed to those of working people and the oppressed. Imperialist war should be met not with the abandonment of struggle against the capitalist rulers, but its intensification.

The Progressive Labor Party states that they aim to “shatter the illusions many have in liberal politicians and expose the opportunist ‘left’ serving the Democratic Party” (Challenge, 5 February). Yet these supposed fighters for communism not only steadfastly refuse to take a side in defense of Iraq, but cannot even bring themselves to defend the besieged Palestinian people! In the midst of the genocidal war of terror by the U.S.-backed Zionist rulers against the Palestinians, Challenge (22 May 2002) declares: “This is a dogfight among gangsters. Backing the little ones against the big ones merely helps the little ones get bigger.” PL’s grotesque refusal to defend the Palestinian and Iraqi people should leave no doubt that despite its flaming red rhetoric, in practice PL capitulates to the U.S. ruling class. The right-wing Sharon regime could well be planning to expel Palestinians from the Occupied Territories under cover of an American war against Iraq. We say: Defend the Palestinian people! Troops out of the Occupied Territories!

We desperately need to build an internationalist revolutionary workers party like the Bolshevik Party of Lenin and Trotsky that led the multinational working class of Russia to power. Our motto must be: unity of the workers in struggle against capitalism—break with the capitalist class enemy and their pseudo-socialist assistants! Fight for international socialist revolution—join us!
—25 March 2003

Contact the Spartacist League/U.S. for more information:
National Office: Spartacist League • Box 1377 GPO, New York, NY 10116 • (212) 732-7860 •
New York: Box 3381, Church St. Station, New York, NY 10008 • (212) 267-1025 • nysl (at)
Boston: Box 390840 Central Station, Cambridge, MA 02139 • (617) 666-9453 • bostonsyc (at)
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Vietnam Escalates Crackdown on Democracy Advo (english)
26 Mar 2003
(( Communism/Socialism is that what you REALLY Want.
Students at MIT/Harvard/BU and othrs - do not be DUPED ))

Vietnam Escalates Crackdown on Democracy Advocates
Human Rights Watch today condemned a fresh wave of arrests and trials of peaceful critics of the Vietnamese government in Hanoi and the northern port city of Hai Phong.

The Vietnamese government continues to arrest, imprison and harass people who are simply advocating democratic reforms and government accountability," said Brad Adams, executive director of the Asia Division of Human Rights Watch. "This sort of repression has got to stop."
On December 11, Vietnam's donors, who have praised the country's economic reforms, approved U.S. $2.5 billion in aid for Vietnam at a meeting convened by the World Bank.

"Vietnam's international donors should insist that the government cease the arrests and open up any upcoming trials to the public and to international observers, including diplomats and foreign media," said Adams.

Businessman Nguyen Khac Toan, formerly an officer with North Vietnamese forces during the war, was arrested at an Internet café in Hanoi in January. He is scheduled to be put on trial in Hanoi on December 20. He is accused of conducting propaganda against the socialist state, spreading misinformation about the government, and spying on behalf of un-named foreign countries. Convictions for spying carry sentences from 12 years' imprisonment to the death penalty under Vietnam's penal code. Nguyen is currently being held in B-14 (Thanh Liet) prison in Hanoi.

Democracy advocate Nguyen Vu Binh, who was arrested in September, is also expected to be tried soon, reportedly on charges of conducting propaganda against the socialist state. Formerly a journalist at the Tap Chi Cong San (Communist Review), Nguyen resigned his position in 2000 and applied for permission to form an independent political party, the Liberal Democratic Party. He was involved in the proposed start-up of an independent anti-corruption organization in 2001, which was rejected by the government.

Human Rights Watch has received reports of increased repression against dissidents in Hai Phong. On November 30, Dam Minh, 75, was detained for 11 days and interrogated about his relations with other dissidents before being released on December 10. Minh joined the North Vietnamese army in 1945 at the age of 18, and the Communist Party in 1952. He is known in Hai Phong for being outspoken on issues of corruption and human rights abuses. Minh was among a small group of people that noisily protested when they were prevented from attending the trial of dissident Li Chi Quang in October.

Another government critic in Hai Phong, Vu Cao Quan, was forced to undergo all-day interrogation sessions at police headquarters in Hai Phong from December 7-11. Although police have ended their interrogation, it is feared that the prosecutor is now examining the police report and that Vu's arrest is imminent. Vu is a former Vietnamese Communist Party member who resigned in 1999 in protest against the party's expulsion of prominent dissident Tran Do.

Also expected to go on trial soon is Pham Hong Son, who was arrested in March and charged with collecting and supplying documents to be used by a foreign country against the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. His crime was to have translated an article titled "What is Democracy," which he sent to his friends and senior Vietnamese officials. In addition, he had written an open letter, which was published on the Internet, protesting the fact that his house had been searched and his computer and documents confiscated.

In October, dissident Li Chi Quang, a young lawyer, was sentenced to four years in prison and three years of house arrest after a half-day closed trial in Hanoi on charges of disseminating propaganda against the state. He had been arrested at an Internet café in Hanoi in February.

Le Chi Quang's indictment provides a telling picture of the Vietnamese government's attitude towards dissent. It details how security police arrested Quang when he was "caught in the act of entering an Internet café…to send email overseas." The indictment concludes that Le Chi Quang's crimes included calling for pluralism and a multi-party system, and writing, distributing and storing documents that "distorted" the political situation and the internal affairs of the Vietnamese Communist Party and the government, causing readers to "lose faith" in the party and the government.

"Le Chi Quang's case set an ominous precedent for the Internet age," Adams said.

Quang, who is incarcerated in B14 prison, suffers from serious kidney dysfunction, and there is concern that he has not been allowed to receive appropriate medical treatment while in prison. He and another prisoner share a six-meter square cell, where they sleep on the dirt floor and relieve themselves in a bucket in the cell.

"All of these activists are being harassed and jailed simply for exercising their freedom of speech," said Adams.

Defend Iraq? (english)
26 Mar 2003
What kind of cross-class bullshit is this? As if any nation represented a unifed people to defend! Fuck the bourgeoise of all nations! Bring the class war home!
27 Mar 2003


Vanguard Fucks (english)
27 Mar 2003

Written By David Rovics

Worker's World says that they have all the answers
And Milosevic is a guy that they admire
The ISO says Trotsky is the man
And they'll debate it until they all expire
The industrial workers will lead the revolution
So claims the SWP
No, the truth lies among the lumpen
That's the RCP

The Sparts say the rest can go to hell
And everyone else is a Stalinist
The CP will just do their thing
And pretend the others don't exist
Well I had a realization this morning
When I looked into the red and dawning sun
I've figured out the truth
And I'm forming a party of one

I am the leader of the workers
And I'll tell you why the Left is suspect
Because there's something you don't understand
Only my line is correct
'Cause I am the vanguard of the masses
And all of you should just follow me
If you doubt my analysis
You must be in the petty bourgeoisie

But I am not sectarian
It's all the rest who are
I work fine in coalitions
As long as I'm the shining star
So bow down to your master
The lastest V.I. Lenin
And off to the camps to all of you
Who'd say, "not this again"


And I'll have no music at my protests
And none of that goddamn puppetry
I'll just have some somber slogans
No decadent frivolity
My chants will be the right ones
Just the ones that should be said
And my banners we'll wave proudly
Just the proper shade of red

And I will build the party if it kills me
I am solely dedicated to the cause
If I have to stab you in the back
This won't give me pause
'Cause my platform will take us forward
And the ends always justify the means
And you must step aside behind me
Be you Quakers, Jews, anarchists or greens