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Socialist candidate for mayor of NY statement on attack on Pentagon, World Trade Centre

Dear CASI,

Clearly the terrible events of 11 September will have far-reaching consequences for us all. Like you all, I feel horror, and I feel rage at the terrorists in the White House and Downing Street who would cynically use the deaths of innocent civilians to step up their war against people resisting imperialism around the world. This is why I can't join with Drew Hamre in his veneration of Simon Jenkins, who says such crap as "America and its allies have "taken up the white man's burden" with honest intent" or  "the bombing of the Serbs and Iraqis was undertaken in the cause of peace. It was without self-interest on Nato's part"

On the other hand, is there a single word of the following statement which is not true?


John S

The following statement by Martín Koppel, candidate for mayor of New
York, was released September 11 by the Socialist Workers Party.

Waving the banner that "America is under attack," that it has sustained
"a second Pearl Harbor" in the wake of today's assault on New York's
World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the U.S. government will seek to
advance its "right" to launch military assaults on other countries, as
it has done over the past few years against the peoples of Yugoslavia,
Iraq, the Sudan, and Afghanistan. The U.S. rulers will become even more
brazen in their backing for the Israeli regime's escalating war drive
against the Palestinians.
Calls by capitalist politicians and apologists for stiffer measures to
prevent future such "intelligence failures" are being played up nonstop
by the big-business dailies, news agencies, and TV and radio networks.
Anti-Arab and anti-Islamic bigotry is being cranked up to bolster this
The Socialist Workers Party calls on workers, farmers, and all defenders
of democratic rights to speak out against the U.S. rulers' demagogic
efforts, in the name of preempting "terrorism," to rationalize
restrictions on political rights. We must oppose the campaign by the
U.S. government--Democrats and Republicans alike--to curb the
constitutionally guaranteed space for political organization and
activity and to legitimize the use of the U.S. armed forces at home and
During its final months in office, following several years of
preparations, the Clinton administration established, for the first time
in U.S. history, a North American command--that is, the command structure
for deployment of U.S. armed forces at home, aimed first and foremost at
working people in this country. The White House appointed a
commander-in-chief of this new homeland command, and over the past two
years this euphemistically called Joint Forces Command has carried out
simulated "antiterrorist" military operations--together with city, state,
and other federal police forces--in New Jersey, northern California, New
York City, and elsewhere.
The Bush administration is now deploying these forces in their first
actual domestic military operations. On September 11 the U.S. government
placed U.S. armed forces worldwide on hair-trigger war alert. It called
out an army regiment of light infantry onto the streets of Washington,
D.C.; mobilized the New York National Guard under federal command; and
deployed heavily armed FBI "counter-terrorism squads" and other special
federal police units in Los Angeles, along the borders with Mexico and
Canada, and elsewhere across the country.
In coming days, as the administration acts on Bush's vow "to hunt down
and punish those responsible," the labor movement and all
democratic-minded organizations and individuals must be on the alert to
protest government frame-up trials and oppose its trampling on the
presumption of innocence; the right to due process; Fourth Amendment
protections against arbitrary search, seizure, and wiretaps; and freedom
of association without spying and harassment by government informers and
agents provocateurs. The last four years of the Clinton administration,
and the opening months of the Bush White House, have been marked by
stepped-up bipartisan efforts to strengthen the federal death penalty,
erode the rights of the accused and convicted, and increase the room for
commando-style operations by the U.S. Border Patrol and other
Immigration and Naturalization Service cops, the FBI, and other federal
assault agencies.
Whoever may have carried out the September 11 operations, the
destruction of the two World Trade Center towers, and the air attack on
the Pentagon--with the resulting deaths and injuries of thousands of men,
women, and children--these actions have nothing to do with the fight
against capitalist exploitation and imperialist oppression.
Revolutionists and other class-conscious workers, farmers, and youth the
world over reject the use of such methods.
The U.S. government and its allies for more than a century have carried
out systematic terror to defend their class privilege and interests at
home and abroad--from the atomic incineration of hundreds of thousands at
Hiroshima and Nagasaki, to the 10-year-long slaughter in Indochina, to
the war against the Iraqi people in 1990-91, to the burning to death of
80 people at Waco on its home soil, to other examples too numerous to
list. In recent weeks, the White House and Congress have stood behind
Tel Aviv as it escalated its campaign of both random killings and
outright murders in its historically failing effort to quell the
struggle by the dispossessed Palestinian people for the return of their
Half a century ago the revolutionary workers movement and other
opponents of colonial outrages, racism, and anti-Semitism in all its
forms warned that by waging a war of terror to drive the Palestinians
from their farms, towns, and cities, the founders of the Israeli state
and their imperialist backers in North America and Europe were pitting
the Jewish people against those fighting for national liberation in the
Middle East and worldwide; they were creating a death trap for the Jews,
which Israel remains to this day. By its systematic superexploitation of
the peoples of Asia, Africa, and Latin America; by its never-ending
insults to their national and cultural dignity; by its ceaseless
murderous violence in countless forms--U.S. imperialism is turning North
America into a death trap for working people and all who live there.
The U.S. rulers know that as they press their assault on the living and
working conditions of workers and farmers in the United States, they
will meet growing resistance, as working people organize to defend their
livelihoods and their rights. That's why Washington is systematically
strengthening its hand against the battles its knows are coming.
The Socialist Workers Party calls on workers and farmers in the United
States and worldwide to speak out in defense of the struggle of the
Palestinian people, the people of Western Sahara, the Puerto Rican
people, the rights of the people of Cuba, and others the world over
fighting for their national rights and against all the ways in which the
world capitalist order presses humanity toward fascism and war. We must
oppose U.S. military intervention anywhere in the world. We must oppose
efforts by Washington to escalate an assault on the political rights of
working people and the organizations of our class and its oppressed and
exploited allies. -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq For removal from list, email Full details of CASI's various lists can be found on the CASI website:
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