A global wave of opposition to the US imperialism’s latest act of terror and aggression washed through Iraq and throughout the Middle East, around Europe and in many cities in North America on January 4 and 5. Commission 4 of the ILPS salutes this staunch response and encourages more action to show solidarity for just peace and deter an outbreak of global or regional war in response. We applaud the Iraq government’s resolution to get US forces out of Iraq as we do NATO’s decision to suspend the NATO mission led by Canadian forces in Iraq. We are also pleased to see some Canadian troops are being relocated out of the hot zone. Finally, we support all the international calls for restraint to prevent a regional war which could well develop into a global war.
We provide the ILPS international office’s statement on this crisis here below.
[Issued by the Office of the Chairperson Len Cooper, Chairperson, International League of Peoples’ Struggles (ILPS)
4 January 2020]
The International League of Peoples Struggles (ILPS) condemns United States imperialism’s latest act of aggression and war against Iran and Iraq. The murder of General Qasem Soleimani of Iran, on Iraq soil, represents an arrogant act of murder by the US government and a blatant violation of international law and Iraqi sovereignty by US imperialism. It is a direct attack on the workers and peoples of Iraq, Iran and the Middle East and a provocation, if not a declaration, of war that raises no less than the spectre of a new world war.
This is the latest culmination of the US’s decades of efforts to impose its imperialist will on the Middle East and to force the Iranian government to bow down in submission to its dictates in order to further carry out plunder in the region. It is an attack on all peoples and governments of the world who are standing up for national sovereignty and self-determination against US imperialist dictates.
Timed by US president Donald Trump to influence impeachment proceedings against him and the upcoming US elections, this attack is a declaration of war that did not receive US Congress’ approval. It is therefore illegal even by US imperialist laws, to use American poor and working-class youths as cannon fodder for a war that will serve only US imperialist interests and should hasten Trump’s downfall.
The ILPS fully supports the workers and people of the United States, Middle East, particularly of Iran and Iraq, and the world who are mobilizing and protesting against this latest act of US imperialist aggression.
The ILPS calls on all ILPS organs and supporters, and the workers and people of the world to immediately mobilize, organize and protest against this latest outrage by US imperialism in the Middle East.
The ILPS strongly supports the following calls:
Stop the US war on Iran! US troops out of Iraq and the Middle East! Prosecute Trump for yet another cowardly, illegal drone murder of a citizen of another country!
Oppose US imperialist wars and aggression! Down with US imperialism!