NATO has launched its attack against Libya, just hours after the UN General Council adopted a resolution authorizing the adoption of “all necessary measures” to impose an air exclusion zone in the country. Thus begins the imperialist military intervention intended to prevent a revolutionary way to popular revolt.
The cynical argument has been, on this occasion, the defense of civilians. However, as at the time happened in Iraq, the imperialist powers turn their backs on their ally, not to support the progressive sectors, but to provide the pro-imperialist Libya bourgeoisie, which until yesterday supported Gaddafi crackdown on the popular revolt. Imperialism intends to intervene, not for democracy, but what NATO aircraft are enforcing by bombing is the maintenance of the status quo, continuing the charade, with other puppets.
The riots that are shaking up the foundations of the Arab world are the result of contradictions that have been incubating for years. Ben Ali in Tunisia, Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, do not represent the national and democratic interests of their people, they are reactionary warlords who have ruled with an iron hand their country, defending the interests of imperialism and enriching themselves and their families by brutal exploitation of the masses.
In the case of Qaddafi, he has moved from progressive positions in the past to positions subservient to imperialism and privatization policies that have affected more and more the Libyan people, while the regime has been imposing a policy of intolerance.
The generalization of the revolt seriously threatens the strategic interests of the imperialist powers, with the danger of the processes end up taking the leap toward a revolutionary change, by all means try to influence them, reinforcing the role of sectors local pro-imperialist bourgeoisie. In fact, it appears that imperialism is expected to intervene, the sectors are truly interested in giving a national revolt, democratic and anti-imperialist, will wear facing the brutal military offensive of Gaddafi.
Of the fifteen members of the UN Council, ten voted for the resolution that has covered this criminal aggression, and five abstained. These five members are Russia, China, Brazil, India and Germany. Given the power of veto of permanent members, the abstention of Russia and China has made possible the resolution, making them complicit in this assault.
The PCT requires the cessation of the aggression against the Libyan people and says no to imperialist intervention. We also call on all progressive organizations and people to organize demonstrations of solidarity with the Arab peoples in struggle.
Against imperialism, VIVA INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY!
Signed: Manuel Salazar, General Secretary
Santo Domingo, DN;
March 20, 2011