The following is a resolution passed at the November 11-13, 2004 Second International Assembly (SIA) of the ILPS which was attended by members of the African People’s Socialist Party.
Whereas, since the founding of the International League of Peoples Struggle (ILPS) in 2001, the most urgent political crisis facing the workers and toilers of the world has been the Bush-led U.S. imperialist war of terror — unending and preemptive war against the world’s peoples and brutal invasions and direct occupation of the once sovereign nations and people of Afghanistan and Iraq;
Whereas, under the pretext of the “war on terror” the United States has greatly increased military bases, presence and combat troops in the oil rich Middle East, Central Asia and the Andean Region of Latin America, as well as in the Philippines;
Whereas, the placement of U.S. combat troops in both the Philippines and Colombia are aimed at crushing the advanced national democratic and liberation movements of both countries;
Whereas, the economic motivation for U.S. imperialism’s military brutality and drive for empire is its insatiable drive for maximum profits involving increasing control over the worlds resources, in particular oil, natural gas, pipeline routes and vital sea lanes, vis a vis their competitors, such as countries of the European Union;
Whereas, the Bush-led wars have had the support of both political parties in the U.S. and such a war drive will continue regardless that Bush the Republican was re-elected President of the United States;
Whereas, Bush’s so called “war on terror” brings only catastrophe to the peoples of the world including massive civilian deaths, destruction of vital infrastructure, trampling on national cultures and traditions, pillaging of natural resources, and massive unemployment rates;
Whereas, the Bush-led war against the worlds peoples is also being directed against the working class people and oppressed nationalities in the United States itself, with a drive toward fascism and full scale attacks on civil liberties and civil rights, on the labor movement, on immigrant peoples’ rights along with massive tax breaks for the wealthy and growing unemployment for the workers;
Whereas, the occupation of Iraq has brought forth powerful and legitimate resistance by the Iraqi people against the 140,000 U.S. troops, 8,000 British troops, tens of thousands of U.S. “civilian” mercenaries, the hand-picked puppet government and the control of their resources by the likes of giant energy and construction companies like Halliburton and Bechtel;
Whereas, the ILPS founded in 2001, was organized precisely to make a global struggle against the global imperialist enemy, led by Bush and U.S. imperialism, and many of the ILPS affiliated organizations have been deeply involved in the anti-imperialist war fight against Bush’s so called “war on terror”.
Therefore, be it resolved that the Second International Assembly of the International League of Peoples Struggle which gathered in the Netherlands in November 2004, oppose and condemn Bush’s terrorist war against the peoples of the world and call for an immediate end of U.S. occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan and for all U.S. troops out of the Philippines, Colombia and Haiti.
And be it further resolved, that the SIA of the ILPS extend militant anti-imperialist solidarity to the people of Iraq and Afghanistan who are struggling for national sovereignty and independence.
And be it further resolved, that the ILPS engage in coordinated efforts and campaigns against U.S. imperialist-led global terrorist war.