CPA Statement: War is not the answer
Statement by the Central Committee Secretariat of the Communist Party of Australia The Communist Party of Australia expresses its shock and horror at the coordinated and devastating attack on major civilian targets in the US. We share the grief of the thousands of relatives and friends who have lost their loved ones. We convey our sincerest condolences. Those responsible for this terrible act have yet to be identified and should, if identified, be brought to justice. However there are some politicians who are using this incident to whip up racist and religious intolerance and to attack the very democratic rights that they pretend to be upholding. The talk of war and that "America is under attack" is being used by US leaders, NATO and the Australian Prime Minister to justify restrictive measures that can only be regarded as preparations for war against any country that dares to challenge the policies of the Bush — Blair — Howard Governments. "War", "revenge" and "retaliation" and the killing of more innocent people in other countries, will not solve the problems of the millions of unemployed people, the homeless, those suffering ill-health, or those who have no clean water or educational opportunities. These are the causes of frustration and despair which lead to desperate terrorist acts. What has happened to the people of New York and Washington is little different to the suffering of the people of Iraq, Yugoslavia, Panama, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Vietnam, Korea — all countries that have been the victims of US bombing. The US has a long history of violence against many countries. It is the foreign policy of the US, its military occupation of a number of countries, its worldwide network of military bases, the behaviour of its troops, the arrogance of the US leadership and its pretensions to be a superior race that have contributed to hostility and anger directed against the US in many countries. While the media and western politicians have been quick to lay blame without any evidence it should be recalled, when considering who might be responsible, that it was Americans who assassinated President Kennedy and then his brother, Robert Kennedy. It was an American army veteran — Timothy McVeigh — who bombed the US Government building in Oklahoma in 1995 — a fact that was revealed only after many blamed Islamic terrorists. It is US agencies that have made numerous attempts to assassinate Fidel Castro. The list of US initiated outrages is a long one. The Bush administration is using the current crisis to justify the expansion of the Pentagon's war budget, to attack the democratic rights of the American people and to whip up a racist, anti-Islamic war fervour. In total disregard of the United Nations, the situation is being used to justify the possible military occupation of Afghanistan and perhaps other countries as steps towards the objective of world domination by the US. But the lesson is that violence begets violence. In this dangerous situation we call on the labour and peace movements and all left and progressive organisations to resist the racist and war hysteria, the attacks on democratic rights and the attempt to justify military attacks on other countries. An urgent meeting of the UN Security Council should be called to bring under control a rapidly developing war situation.