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Issue #1928      August 17, 2020

“Banish war!” – A major aim of communism

This article originally appeared in Tribune July, 1960

“A major aim of Communism is the banishment of war from human society,” L L Sharkey told a meeting of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Australia, last weekend. He was delivering the main report, which dealt extensively with the international situation.

Sharkey (who is CPA general secretary) showed that the Summit talks had been sabotaged by the US imperialists as part of their program of maintaining and sharpening world tensions and stepping up war preparations.

The firm stand of the Soviet Union had exposed the real bellicose aims of the imperialists.

“To the imperialists,” Sharkey said, “peace is but the interval between wars, a breathing space awhile strength is being restored and preparations made for new wars.

“This has been the ideology of all exploiters, slave owners, feudal lords and monopoly capitalists alike.”

Realisable aims

Peaceful co-existence, a measure of disarmament and outlawing of nuclear weapons were realisable aims and eventually the imperialists would be compelled by world opinion and the growing strength of the socialist camp to accept them, Sharkey said.

The struggle for total disarmament and peace waged by the Soviet Union and the other socialist countries demonstrated the innate moral superiority of socialism in its care for the interests of the people, its abhorrence of war.

Sharkey said the US imperialists could never achieve their ambition of world domination because today the mass movement for peace, which included the mighty socialist commonwealth, was far too strong.

In sabotaging the Summit talks, “the United States cold war warriors have also dealt themselves a severe blow, further alienating themselves from the feelings of the ordinary people of all countries which are in favour of peace and an end to war,” Sharkey said.

“It will help, further to expose, the true bestial features of imperialism in the eyes of the people.

“It will help to make them more aware of the fact that while, imperialism exists, so too will the war danger.”

Socialist unity

Sharkey said that the imperialists, who were suffering defeat after defeat, were conducting a persistent campaign to “promote disunity between the socialist countries, in particular between the Soviet Union and People’s China.”

He cited Sydney Morning Herald editorials over recent months which had repeatedly alleged differences between the Communist Parties of China and the Soviet Union.

Sharkey quoted the declaration of the Communist Parties of all the socialist countries, including China, who had attended the recent Congress of the Rumanian Workers’ Party.

This declaration recorded the unanimous endorsement of all those parties of the 1957 declaration signed in Moscow by representatives of the world parties.

Sharkey stressed the importance of this 1957 declaration, which he compared in contemporary significance with the Communist Manifesto, providing “a sound basis on which to operate in the national and international situation.”

Quoting at length from the declaration issued after the recent Rumanian Congress, Sharkey showed that there was no difference on principle between any of the Communist Parties.

To UN assembly

Sharkey said that the Soviet Union had not given up the fight for disarmament but had changed the venue from the Summit and the Geneva disarmament conference to the General Assembly of the United Nations meeting next September.

He called for a wide campaign demanding that the United Nations put an end to the arms race, ban nuclear tests and restrain the warmongers.

Referring to recent events in South Korea, Turkey, Japan and Cuba, Sharkey described them as a major blow at the US foreign bases.

He described the Japanese struggle against the US-Japan war pact as “the most widespread and determined mass struggle against the war plans of the imperialists yet witnessed.”

It indicated that the people were beginning to understand that “US bases are not a protection but in fact an invitation for the destruction of their countries as a result of the aggressive policies of US imperialism.

Because of the lack of the unity and militant leadership that marked the Japanese struggles, events in Turkey and South Korea had not developed so far. But the movements in those countries were by no means over.


Sharkey warned that the US imperialists were seeking an excuse to intervene with armed force in Cuba.

“They fear like the very devil,” he said, “that the heroic example of the Cuban fighters for the independence of their country and the return of its wealth to its rightful owners will lead to similar struggles by the peoples of Latin America who are likewise dominated and robbed by US monopoly capital.”

Sharkey urged widespread support to the “Cuban David against the Yankee Goliath,” and demanded an end to the present US-inspired and US-directed terrorism against the Cuban people.

Sharkey quoted capitalist press reports to show that there was also a spreading revolt in South Vietnam, in which 200,000 patriots have either been killed or sent to concentration camps.

In Laos, there was a revolt against US exploitation and military dictation.

The imperialists were no better off in Africa and imperialists’ policies were collapsing throughout the whole colonial world.

Unselfish aid

“A powerful factor in the successes of the liberation movement is the great and unselfish aid given by the Soviet Union, Peoples’ China, and other socialist countries, which now is combatting the economic boycott of Cuba by the US,” he said.

Turning to the crisis in Italy, Sharkey said that the gallant struggle against fascism now being waged there could herald an upsurge in the European capitalist countries against militarism, fascism and US occupation.

He pointed, too, to the rising level of strike struggles in all the major capitalist countries, including Australia as indicating “the rising will of the masses to struggle against monopoly prices, inflation and employing class; efforts to worsen the position of the toilers.”

He called for even greater efforts to build the unity of the workers and to defeat the disruptors in the labour movement.

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