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PORTSIDE  March 2011, Week 5

PORTSIDE March 2011, Week 5

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CCDS Statement on Libya

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CCDS Statement on Libya

Committees of Correspondence for Democraracy and
Socialism
March 27, 2011

In war, the first casualty is truth. Nowhere is this
maxim more relevant than the current air and naval
bombing campaign against Libya initiated by the U.S.,
France and Great Britain, and involving other NATO
countries.

The air and missile strikes on Libya are acts of war.
All the talk of `no fly zones,' `protecting civilians
from massacre,'  `humanitarian intervention' and so on
are diversions if not falsehoods. A `no fly zone' means
more than preventing military aircraft from taking off
as we have already seen.  It means destroying aircraft
and their hangars. It means destroying any airports and
airfields. It means destroying refineries and fuel
supplies. And most important, it means destroying
`command and control centers,' which means bombing any
structure or location where the military planners think
Gaddafi or his loyalists might be.

We've seen this movie before in Iraq. It means the
usual `collateral damage' of widespread civilian death
and destruction-all done in the name of preventing
civilian deaths. And as in Iraq, the US is dropping
bombs containing depleted uranium, which will destroy
Libyan lives for generations. It's one reason why the
African Union refused to support the UN measure and why
the Arab League began criticizing it as soon as they
saw the reality of what they had put their name too.

We in the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy
and Socialism join with many others around the world to
oppose this aggression and call for its immediate and
unconditional cessation. Cease Fire!

We urge that Libyans resolve their differences without
resort to arms. We support international diplomatic
efforts aimed at assisting Libya to resolve their
conflict politically - a path that was ignored in the
lead up to the intervention by the U.S. and others.

At bottom - `kinetic military activity' - the new
Pentagon euphemism for imperialist war is simply a grab
for power and oil in a third world country temporarily
weakened by an internal crisis. Libya has huge oil
reserves that are state owned-including much oil that
is easily accessible. Libya has a huge territory where
oil exploration has yet to be completed, due to former
disputes between the government and foreign oil
explorers. Due to past Western boycotts of Libya, China
and India have joined its prime customers, and there is
now competition and rivalry for future oil deals with
the Libyan government.

With the escalating confrontation between Israel and
the Arab states, and the mass movements arising in the
Arab states for economic and political democracy, the
US and its allies are focused on controlling events on
the ground. A key means to this end is the
establishment of a U.S. military command center in
Africa - AFRICOM. AFRICOM is spearheading the military
intervention in Libya for the U.S. But it is located in
Germany because African countries have refused to host
the command center. The war on Libya offers the
justification for placing this new imperial command
center in an African nation.

Unjust wars abroad always extract a price at home. This
one has a high price in White House hypocrisy. While
claiming to advance democracy abroad, these acts of war
have been carried out with complete disregard of the US
Constitution and the War Powers Act. These laws place
war making powers in the hands of the American people
through Congress.

On the first night of the attack on Libya, the US
rained $240 million of cruise missiles on Libya. The
total costs for the US deployment will exceed $1
billion per month. Yet, the American people are told to
tighten their belts because there is no money for
healthcare, education, transportation, law enforcement,
job safety, pensions, social security. The empire can
no longer provide guns and butter. The attack on Libya
and the wars on Iraq and Afghanistan are inextricably
bound to the attacks on the rights of American workers
to organize and bargain collectively for a decent
living.

Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Barbara Lee (D-CA) and a few
other Members of Congress are standing up and speaking
against this threat to our Constitution, the inevitable
loss of our livelihood, the lives of our soldiers and
the people of Libya. We strongly urge others in
Congress to open debate on this matter, and cut off the
funds supplying it.

Many mass actions are scheduled in the coming days and
weeks against the efforts to impose austerity measures
and against the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
We urge the formation of `Jobs Not Wars' contingents to
join them, raising the banner of `Hands off Libya, Stop
the Bombing Now!', `Let Libyans Shape Their Own
Future!' and `Bring ALL Our Troops Home Now!'

Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and
Socialism

CCDS PO Box 437 New York, NY 10018-0008

Phone: (212) 868-3733 Fax: (212) 868-3334

Email: [log in to unmask] Website: www.cc-ds.org

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