What is said around the world
Communist Parties and other progressive political parties and movements as well as governments have condemned the horrendous terrorist acts in the US and their enormous loss of lives. Both individual and state terrorism are equally condemned." CUBA: In Cuba, the attacks were characterised as "a national tragedy for the United States". Cuba's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Felipe Roque, declared that the historical position of Cuba is "the absolute condemnation and rejection of terrorism, no matter where it comes from and no matter against whom it is undertaken". Cuba's Foreign Minister added: "Our people have had to suffer four decades of terrorist actions; we know very well the consequences of these types of acts. Our reaction truly comes from a position of rejection of these terrorist acts." As far as the suggestion of Cuban involvement was concerned, he affirmed, "I believe that there is no point in referring to this and I hope that this stupid idea doesn't occur to anybody." THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF INDIA expressed its "shock and horror" at the terrorist attack. "We express our heartfelt condolence to the people of the United States in this hour of grief. "We have always opposed terrorism, and along with it state terrorism, as weapons of pursuing political aims", said the CPI statement. "They only let loose a chain of retaliatory attacks in an ever rising crescendo of violence. "Our country as well as several countries of the third world have been victims of terrorism and state terrorism sponsored or connived at by the super-power. "The present terrorist attack has also shown the tragic truth that accumulation of the latest and most sophisticated weapons of offence and defence, and unleashing an arms race on land, on the sea, and even in outer space, does not guarantee internal security." COMMUNIST PARTY OF BOHEMIA AND MORAVIA: The Chair of the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia, (Czech Republic), Miroslav Grebenicek MP", declared "Terrorism is unacceptable to me and the whole of our party. I would like to think that President Bush will not decide to undertake an ill-considered response which will lead to the death of more innocent people." KEN BIGGS Ken Biggs, Editor of Postmark Prague, in a message to the Communist Party of the USA on the day after the attack, said: "Our thoughts today are with you and the working people of New York and Washington DC, especially the families and friends of the airline staff on the planes hi-jacked in yesterday's terrorist outrages and those of the firefighters, rescue workers and police who died in its aftermath." Biggs said: "Whoever the terrorists are, they have played into the hands of US imperialism by giving it a pretext to embark on a new military adventure in the name of the victims of yesterday's terrorist outrage. Apart from that, they have also given the administration of the USA's minority President an excuse to introduce stricter internal 'security measures'. "This can only mean further attacks on the democratic liberties of the American people and another step taken along the road to the imposition of an openly fascist regime in your country. And of course it will be the American working people whom Bush will expect to pick up the tab for the economic consequences of yesterday's events. "At Seattle the American workers and their labour unions showed the way forward in the battle against US-led capitalist globalisation: not terrorism, but mass mobilisation of the working class and its allies in the interests of globalising the industrial and political struggle against monopoly capital and its political representatives, the Bushes, Blairs and Schroeders of this world. "Never was the Communist slogan 'Workers and oppressed peoples of all countries, unite!' more appropriate", he concluded. THE WORKERS'S PARTY OF BELGIUM The Workers' Party of Belgium" commented that the attacks, "which have shocked the entire world", are signs of "the state of crisis in which the world finds itself". "For the first time, the US is confronted with attacks on its own territory, claiming thousands of victims. Until now, this had been the fate of the Vietnamese, Iraqi, Yugoslav and so many other peoples at the hands of the US armed forces, and on a much larger scale. "For more than 50 years", said the WPB statement, "the US Government and the US transnational corporations have been imposing their will on the entire world, destroying local economies, expropriating peasants, overthrowing popular governments and putting Pinochets, Marcoses and Mobutus in power people subordinate to the US, who would not hesitate to massacre their own people, away from the cameras." While noting that "all hypotheses regarding the origin of these attacks may be valid, the superior technological level and the high degree of risk involved in a country that is so much under intelligence coverage as is the United States, would make one think that such an enterprise could never have been realised without a certain complicity from within the secret services of the US or from other parallel organisations. "For 50 years, the secret services of the United States have been recruiting, arming and training the most fascist and integrist elements of several countries to become high level terrorists. "We join the appeals aimed at preventing the US Government and their allied governments from using these attacks as a pretext for attacking countries that have been at odds with the US Government because of their independent policies. "There is no other way than to work for the unity of the struggles of the workers and the peoples of the entire world, and to carry the demands for social justice, genuine democracy and peace ever further." THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CANADA The Communist Party of Canada" says, "Canadian Communists reject terrorism — the targeting of innocent civilians in order to achieve political ends - - as a form of political struggle. "Genuine progress can only be achieved through the direct and active involvement of the masses of working people in a determined and conscious struggle for democracy, peace and social advance. Acts of terrorism undermine the struggle for progressive change; they sideline and neutralise the mass movement, create fear and disorientation in the broad people's fightback, and provide imperialism and reaction with a powerful pretext to intensify repression... "There is a grave danger that in the immediate aftermath of these terrorist acts, the US Administration will launch so-called 'retaliatory' attacks against certain countries or movements around the world. We call upon the peace forces across Canada and throughout the world to mobilise to prevent a unilateral military response by the US and, instead, to demand a political solution to this festering problem, based on an increased positive role of the United Nations to seek just peaceful political solutions to local and regional conflicts around the world... "We call on all labour, progressive and democratic forces to defend democracy and the cause of peace, and oppose all attacks on these principles in the name of 'fighting terrorism'."