ACTION CALL OF ILPS COMMISSION 4, Aug., 2020
UNIVERSAL NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT NOW!
JUST PEACE FOR THE PEOPLES EVERYWHERE!
Join local commemorations of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and make these pledges in the fight for just peace.
The anti-imperialist alliance known as the International League of People’s Struggles (ILPS) met in Hong Kong from June 23 to 26 where 400 members and guests agreed to mark the anniversaries of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with demonstrations in their areas around the world. The resolution came from decisions and a program of action made by the Commission for just peace against wars of aggression and counterrevolution and against nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction (Commission 4).
The Commission 4's updated program for this year also entails actions and statements for August 6, 9 and 14, plus webinars on August 8 and 16 collaborated with Commission 13 opposing science and technology used for war. We have a statement and encourage actions at Japan embassies and consulates to demand an apology and compensation for so-called “comfort women” on August 14 again this year. There may be a webinar on US imperialism in the Asia-Pacific in September. We will conclude this series of activities with an international day of action against wars of aggression, militarization, militarism and imperialism on September 21, UN Peace Day.
However, Commission 4 asserts the demand for social, land and economic reforms to meet the peoples' needs before the masses struggling against occupation, foreign aggression and state repression, starvation and human rights violations for national their rightful national and social liberation. They are justified in demanding these life and death concerns be addressed before ceasing their struggles. As we said in our statement to the UN in response to its call for a global ceasefire in view of the coronavirus pandemic:
"We act according to the principles of just peace, that is peace through negotiations for a resolution to the issues that cause peoples’ revolutions and resistance. Only if and when social justice—land, political and social reforms—are seriously addressed and settled should the people cease their struggles. We also oppose state repression against people's just struggles and state policies that result in mass deprivation and suffering."
Tensions of inter-imperialist rivalries and all the contradictions of a global system in deep crisis are higher than ever before. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed this situation and the failures to meet the needs of the people. Military mobilization is increasing while militarist and terrorist ideas and groupings are flourishing and the arms production industries churning while the people everywhere are working to resist and create alternatives to the failing system. Every tactic of imperialism, from cyber attacks to misinformation campaigns, from economic attacks to support for terrorism, from internal interference for regime-change to armed interventions, is being deployed against states that deviate from the imperialist blueprint and movements that resist or pursue the path of independence. The people must rise to the challenge; the whole planet is at stake.
Reviewing history and acknowledging both injustices and victories for just peace is important. In commemorating the large-scale bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that murdered and maimed 100’s of thousands of unarmed civilians, including 30,000 Koreans and some Americans, we oppose nuclear and other weaponry of mass destruction. More than that, we oppose aggressions past and present of all states trying to take over others, capture markets and societies and dictate to and impose systems on them. In that light, the ILPS and its friends and allies together oppose US, Japanese, Chinese, Canadian, European and other imperialist bodies that are causing much destruction around the world.
Japan occupied and warred against neighbouring countries in the early 20th century. Its government has returned to an aggressive policy that celebrates this past and seeks to restore imperialist Japan. We condemn imperialist Japan’s past and present actions and policies.
We also condemn US imperialist’s past and present military aggression and militarism, from organizing coups and human rights violations against socialism in Latin America, to meddling and arming itself and terrorists against sovereign nations in Eastern Europe and Western Asia (aka “Middle East”). We strongly oppose the alliance between Japan, the US and South Korea and this alliance’s supporters in Canada and Europe in their efforts to deprive and destroy North Korean society. We are against the continuing massive nuclear presence and nuclear power expansion in the region. We applaud the ongoing real efforts to resolve the war and reunify Korea.
We stand firmly against the militarization of the Asian-Pacific region that is already stirring up international conflicts to skirmishes with fire power, driving retaliatory strategies, disturbing and monopolizing waters and lands important for food and traditional practices, harming women and children, and prolonging wars such as the just guerrilla war against the vicious repressive and greedy government of the Philippines.
Countries such as North Korea and Iran are struggling to survive against threats and sanctions. Nuclear energy development is a necessary component of providing energy to run industries and infrastructure; safer and smaller scale designs of nuclear plants are being made these days. Regretably, nuclear weapons development is seen as a necessary deterrent against the blackmail and threats of states holding 1,800 active nuclear warheads at the ready, such as the US, Russia Federation and France. Missile testing is seen as necessary for launching communications satellites and preparing for defense.We see a return to Cold War attitudes and tactics in the conflicts between US, Russia and China.
US imperialist rhetoric, mobilizations and policies cause a ripple effect of violence and militarization, for which it refuses to take responsibility. The monopoly capitalist economy, still today represented by, centralized in and defended by the US, is based on principles of violence against others and it depends on production for war. It is a system that constantly produces violence: labour, gender, economic, family, environmental, cultural and military violence. Now that it is coming apart at the seams, it is even more violence prone. The US runs military bases around the world and uses bases and proxy armies where it can, such as in Yemen, Syria and Palestine. It is blocking trade and interfering to ruin advances in several democratic countries such as Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua. It operates key international financial institutions that strangle social development. It supports multi-national corporations and exploit and plunder, especially those providing rare minerals and fossil fuels for weaponry and energy.
The people must continue to organize and rise to fight against this inherently violent system in order to achieve just peace. Conflicts cannot be resolved without properly and truly addressing just social, political and land reform demands. Negotiations are always preferred, and every act of legal, civil society must be attempted, but the armed self defense and opposition to repression and military aggression is often called for. The ILPS, while opposing wars of aggression and militarization/ militarism, defends such just struggles for just peace.
ILPS specifically calls on democratically minded and peace-loving to organize and mobilize for just peace. Oppose colonial relations and policies! End the support for and dependency on the arms trade. Demand an end to all economic coercive US and allies, get out of Latin America, Western Asia, the Asia-Pacific and Eastern Europe! Reject NATO, ANZA and other imperialist military pacts.
No more Hiroshimas! Oppose militarization and aggression!
Just and Lasting Peace! End the sanctions!
Dismantle NATO! Hands off Venezuela, Cuba, Syria, Yemen, Iran and North Korea!
Occupation is a crime! Free, free, Palestine!
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