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Capitalism Murders in Turkey and Imperialism Divides Ukraine

Imperialism today

Lenin was clear when he wrote about imperialism, the highest stage of capitalism, leading to war. Imperialism today has a few new names, neo-colonialism, neo-liberalism, globalization, and hegemony, to name a few, but in the end, these are just names of the same general concept comrade Lenin advanced over a century ago: capitalism, when it hits one set if limits, must constantly expand into new markets — especially the markets of rival capitalist hegemons. This causes rivalry and alliances, which is why “Russia has plenty of reasons to invite Chinese investment in Crimea, but ultimately Moscow wants to create a sense of strategic solidarity.” Regardless which mega-capitalist is driving the investment it will be workers doing the suffering, fighting, and dying.

The working class is being mobilized by phony Communist leaders functioning as the pawns of either Russian imperialism in Ukraine or, possibly more tragically, US imperialism in Vietnam against China. The US has no problems using Nazis in Ukraine.  As Russia is threatening US Imperialism in Europe, China’s imperialists are making moves into the South China Sea by building an oilrig in the contested waters. The Chinese imperialists sense an opportunity and are trying to exploit it.


The Death of Hundreds of Miners in Turkey Causes Outrage

At least 274 workers have been murdered by capitalism in Turkey. Furious workers in Turkey have just finished “heckling Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and jostled his entourage on Wednesday May 14, 2014 as protests erupted in several cities over a coal mine disaster …” which is “the worst industrial accident in the nation’s history.” Erdogan led a campaign to privatize the mines, read make them more profitable to the capitalists and dangerous to the workers.

PLP is happy to hear that the many unions in Turkey are going to strike over this disaster and that many protests are breaking out.  Thousands of protesters have already clashed with the police.   Our friends in that area will continue to build The PLP in order to turn working class anger like this into the storm of revolution.

Make no mistake it is capitalism that murdered those workers in Turkey, and it is capitalism that is creating a war in Ukraine. This war already allegedly has the mercenary outfit formerly known as Blackwater there. There may be up to 400 US mercenaries in Ukraine. The war that is coming will slaughter workers until we unite and destroy imperialism by killing its source, capitalism, once and for all.

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Communism is needed, not reform!

The reform versus revolution struggle is being played out in two particular forms as the Western world moves into the Holiday Season.  In India, a mass struggle against the most virulent sexism possible, gang rape, is underway as masses of men and women battle the police and demand justice.  The US is still reeling from the 20 children killed by a deranged lunatic in a small school.  Both of these struggles are at the forefront of the working class’ consciousness and many well-meaning revolutionaries are being misled down a reformist path.


When looking at the horrible act of an insane individual murdering children, it should be seen in the context of the over 175 children, that we know of, killed in Pakistan by remote control mainly during Obomba’s presidency, a rational head is in order.  Murdering arch-imperialist Obombthem had no tears to shed when Palestinian children were being blown up like so much chaff billowing in the wind by Israeli bombs.  So, why is he crying now?  Would it have been any different if it were a White male shooting up Brown Muslim kids?  Or, is this now his opportunity to ratchet up fascism in the United States.


A woman is raped every 22 minutes in India.  Because of the rampant sexism within that culture, many of the men are free to go.  The hundreds of thousands of protesters battling the police and trying to smash their way into the Prime Minister’s security zone are mainly fighting to give the death penalty to 6 men who allegedly took part in a gang rape on a public bus in broad daylight.  The poor woman is in critical care after she was tossed off of the bus like so much meat when the savage sexists were done. 


Crimes like this are a dual crime against the working class, as not only do they severely harm a worker, they also divide the working class by increasing sexist ideology.  The issue is even more malevolent as many of the protesters are calling for harsher laws.  The state’s injustice system is inherently sexist and racist, and any call for increasing the punishment of one section of the working class will eventually increase the ability for the capitalists to oppress the whole working class.  The contradiction is the fact that the millions and millions of workers who consider themselves Communists in India are allowing this reform struggle to stay in the narrow boundaries of the legal system.  The Communist Parties in India, from the Naxalites to the CPI, are all revisionists that are incapable of ending any of the ideologies of capitalism.   


Instead of taking state power and instituting a revolutionary worker’s dictatorship that directly struggles against sexist ideology as well as the violent acts, the Indian Communists are in the street demanding that the capitalist state takes action alongside the angry masses. The government today faced the full blast of youth power as young men and women laid siege around Raisina Hill, the seat of power, demanding justice for a the rape victim, forcing police to use canes, tear gas and water cannons on the undeterred crowd of thousands.


The multi-gendered group of protestors battled the cops and had water canons and tear gas shells fired at them, and when that didn’t work, the kkkops clubbed them in order to preserve the social order that brutally rapes girls. 


The solution to both the shooting in Conecticut and the rape in New Delhi is a Communist society that actually treats the mentally ill and struggles against sexist ideology.  The brutalizing force of capitalist society will not be negated by any reform movement.  The thousands of young men and women fighting against sexism in New Delhi are fighting against one of the many tentacles of the sick violence capitalism uses to brutalize the working class.

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Benazir Bhutto’s assassination and subsequent chaos in nuclear-armed Pakistan seriously set back U.S. plans for continuing control of the strategic region, especially of oil’s grand prize, Saudi Arabia. U.S. rulers had hoped that Harvard-educated Bhutto could heal the ruling-class split between her land-holding family’s faction and that of Musharraf’s military and initiate more vigorous attacks on Pakistan-based al Qaeda and the Taliban.

Those who murdered Bhutto — and simultaneously scores of workers — dashed that dream and strengthened the forces of Osama bin Laden, who’s almost certainly hiding in Pakistan. Bin Laden represents the non-royal sector of Saudi capitalists who are using unconventional violence to seize the oil bonanza the princes deny them.

Bhutto’s killers’ uncertain identity further underscores U.S. shakiness in its “ally” Pakistan. Al Qaeda and the Taliban are prime suspects but many blame Pakistan’s pro-Islamist Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) and fault Musharraf himself for not adequately protecting Bhutto. In any event, the killing reflects U.S. imperialism’s tendency to create one crisis by trying to solve another.

All the possible culprits sport a “Made-in-the-U.S.A.” label. Al Qaeda and the Taliban grew out of the U.S-led campaign to arm Islamists against the Soviets in Afghanistan in the 1980s. The ISI became powerful by helping run this operation. And the U.S. has built up Musharraf’s military with gifts totaling $10 billion meant to “combat terror” but diverted to the power-hungry generals’ own purposes.

Fight For Oil Sharpens

The grim Pakistan situation represents but one of the many major challenges U.S. rulers will face in the new year. Iraq remains an unprofitable hellhole, despite claims of the surge’s “success.” With the oil majors still afraid to risk capital and personnel there, Iraqi crude production hovers around 2.4 million barrels a day (mbd), far short of U.S. bosses’ goals. Actually, just before the 2003 invasion, the Establishment’s Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and James A. Baker Institute had issued a report foreseeing a six mbd windfall for Exxon Mobil and the rest.

Now Turkey’s bosses, pursuing their own security needs, are making things even worse for their U.S. “allies”: “Crude futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange soared past $96 per barrel…after Turkish warplanes hit alleged Kurdish rebel sites in northern Iraq….[T]raders fear that the rebels may respond by attacking oil pipelines in northern Iraq. (Energy Intelligence, 12/27/07) U.S. troops won’t leave Iraq anytime soon, as Congressional Democrats keep writing the Pentagon blank checks.

Meanwhile, U.S. rivals are stepping up their military influence in the region. Iran almost simultaneously announced delivery of nuclear fuel from Russia and its purchase of a Russian air defense system. Furthermore, “Iran and Russia are in negotiations to expand military cooperation beyond air defenses, including attack helicopters and jet engines for a fleet of indigenous Iranian fighters. There have also been reports that Iran intends to purchase Russian Sukhoi Su-30 fighters.” (Washington Post, 12/27/07)
China, whose thirst for oil puts it on a collision course with the U.S., is building a naval port for its new oil tanker-shepherding “blue water” navy at Gwadar, Pakistan. Gwadar commands the crucial Strait of Hormuz chokepoint through which virtually all seaborne crude from the Persian Gulf to East Asia must pass.


Both before and after 9/11, CHALLENGE constantly said that the U.S. would launch a war for control of the greater Middle East and its oil. Before 9/11, reporting on the Hart-Rudman commission that foresaw a terrorist attack on U.S. soil, we specifically said such an attack would precede a U.S. invasion of the Mid-East beginning in Iraq. Now U.S. rulers themselves admit as much. Richard Haass, president of the rulers’ CFR — when asked about the next U.S. president’s main task — said, “The greater Middle East represents the greatest collection of challenges that continue to face the U.S.” (Nikkei News, 12/13/07) Haass charged the next president with militarizing the nation for deadlier wars. “[W]e have to expand the size of the U.S. military….[I]t is quite possible that a lot of uses of military will be manpower-intensive….And it now looks more [like] the current Iraq war is going to be the model of future wars.”

Making Bhutto a martyr for wider conflict, White House hopeful Barack Obama called her “a respected…advocate for the democratic aspirations of the Pakistani people.” Hillary Clinton also glorified Bhutto, “The world is once again reminded of the dangers facing those who pursue democracy.”

But Bhutto was, in fact, no angel. She, like her U.S. backers, stood for nothing more than capitalism’s utterly unprincipled, relentless pursuit of profit (See box below). In the ranks of departed foreign standard-bearers for U.S. imperialism, she joins Saddam Hussein, the Shah of Iran and countless Latin American dictators, from Pinochet to Somoza to Trujillo to Battista.
Obama, Clinton, and the rest of the liberals praising Bhutto are selling political poison. Far better than following them down the road to imperialist world war would be to join and build the revolutionary communist Progressive Labor Party. We have the ultimate goal of eradicating the profit system and its endless wars and establishing workers’ rule in their place.

Bhutto Was Workers’ Deadly Enemy

Benazir Bhutto was no friend of the working class. She belonged to the aristocracy of the Pakistani ruling class in particular and to the worldwide capitalist ruling class in general. Under her premiership the Pakistani state apparatus, one of the world’s most repressive, continued its brutal practices of torturing, killing and “disappearing” workers and those who opposed her rule.

Even her younger brother Murtaza was mowed down by the police, which many (including her niece Fatima) believe Bhutto either engineered or tacitly approved. A member of parliament, he was a vocal critic of his sister’s politics and her corrupt government.

She, her husband, mother and other family members became obscenely rich from laundering money, getting kickbacks, customs inspection fees and outright stealing funds from social programs. Her husband and she accumulated a $1.5 billion fortune while over 80 million Pakistani workers and peasants live on less than $2 a day.

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