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15 Sep 2003
Via Workers World News Service
Reprinted from the Sept. 18, 2003
issue of Workers World newspaper


It seems as though a lifetime has elapsed between the explosive anti-
World Trade Organization protests in Seattle in 1999 and the current
heroic Iraqi resistance to U.S. colonial occupation. These events may
appear to be as different as night and day, but in reality are very
connected. They have both helped to expose the multi-faceted, brutal and predatory nature of imperialism, the worldwide system of capitalism.

Today the World Trade Organization can't meet anywhere, in the U.S. or
the rest of the world, without attracting protesters on the outside and sharp controversy on the inside. This year the meeting place is the Mexican resort of Cancun. The big issue is the agricultural subsidies that imperialist Europe and the U.S. use to buttress agribusiness and drive Third World farmers off their lands. The developing countries are saying "No."

Before Seattle, imperialist ideologues swore that history had come to an end, leaving the capitalist system supreme throughout the best of all possible worlds. Even nation states were supposed to be outdated, as financial barons exploited the world's poor with "peaceful" means. The WTO faced an important challenge in Seattle from 50,000 protesters. This was viewed by workers and oppressed worldwide as a major act of solidarity with their struggles.

When the new movement of young people sprang up in Seattle, it had no
intention of overthrowing imperialist rule. It was just demanding a
better deal for the poorest of the poor. The Seattle police answered
with tear gas and rubber bullets.

Four years later, events have shown that imperialist rule and
exploitation depend on cruel military might, mainly the Pentagon's. The Iraqi resistance as well as the Palestinian Intifada have shown that even all that might can't always make a people submit. The anti-WTO demonstrators this time not only rail at the imperialist bankers, but call out slogans against U.S. imperialism and Israeli aggression. Not only has history made a comeback, but class consciousness is growing worldwide, including in the imperialist countries.

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