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Statement of RCPB(ML) in Response to the Attacks on New York and Washington

Oppose the Stepping Up of State Terrorism and War Preparations against the People – Defend the Rights of All – Persist in Developing the Workers’ and People’s Movements towards their Goals!

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Statement of RCPB(ML) in Response to the Attacks on New York and Washington

North Atlantic Council Invokes Article 5

Statement of the Government of the Republic of Cuba

DPRK Stance towards Terrorist Attacks on US

Statement of the US Marxist-Leninist Organisation – September 12, 2001
Step Up the Struggle against US Imperialism and For Political Empowerment!
Oppose US State Terrorism and Use of this Tragedy to Justify Aggression against the Peoples!

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Statement of RCPB(ML) in Response to the Attacks on New York and Washington

Oppose the Stepping Up of State Terrorism and War Preparations against the People – Defend the Rights of All – Persist in Developing the Workers’ and People’s Movements towards their Goals!

The loss of life of what could well be many thousands of people in the suicide attacks on New York and Washington has caused shock and disbelief world-wide. Words are hardly adequate to express the sense of the scale and the enormity of the events, and the profound sympathy that all feel towards those whose loved ones have been lost or injured, including among the emergency and rescue services, in these unimaginable and tragic circumstances. RCPB(ML) joins its voice to the condemnation of these heinous crimes.

But what is perhaps most shocking and disturbing about the scenario that is unfolding are the words and the reaction of George W Bush and Tony Blair. Their definition of the evil that lies behind the events through which people sense that "the world has changed" does not accord with the reality and the sentiment of those who are reeling with the horror of the situation. The circumstances under which George W Bush is attempting to establish the brutal dictate of US imperialism, and under which Tony Blair is pledging every backing from the British government to this dictate, providing it with an ideology to attempt to justify the exclusive imposition of "civilised values" globally, are being ignored and covered over. George W Bush and Tony Blair are using the terror that is the offspring of this agenda as a pretext to rally the "free and democratic world". It is apparent that this means reaction all along the line at a time when the people’s forces have been gathering their strength and preparing to take the initiative.

The Anglo-American "New World Order" with its agenda of imperialist globalisation and the imposition by force of its interests has aroused the fiercest opposition of the working class and people world-wide because it brings with it suffering, impoverishment and marginalisation of the world’s peoples. Tony Blair and George W Bush are now declaring that these problems will not be solved. Instead, the "new evil in our world" is asserted to be "mass terrorism" which "we, the democracies of the world" must "come together" to "defeat and eradicate". Tony Blair and George W Bush are not raising the question as to why such a "new evil" has come into being, nor why "terrorism" and "fanaticism" exist in this form. Nor are they posing why the old "evil" of racism, discrimination, statelessness and war has not been solved by the "free and democratic world".

In his rush to condemn the "fanatics who are utterly indifferent to the sanctity of human life", Tony Blair does not remember that it was "we, the democracies" who dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, immediately killing over 90,000 and 40,000 people. Nor that it was "we, the democracies" who firebombed Hamburg and Dresden in World War II, in each of which more than 40,000 innocent civilians perished. Nor the part played by "we, the democracies" in the massacre of one million communists in Indonesia in 1965. Not only that, but it has been the policy of state terrorism itself carried out by US imperialism, together with its partner the British government, which has given rise to untold victims in the Middle East, including Iraq, as well as in Africa, in Asia and Latin America. Our Party cannot but condemn these heinous crimes also.

Under the sleight of hand that the danger is the "fanatics", those people will be targeted who want a different world, who dissent from the authority of "we, the democracies" and seek to change the conditions imposed by those in authority. Through the assertion that it is "international terrorism" which "menaces the whole of the democratic world", the pretexts are being created for the further denial of the rights of all in the name of civilised values.

It is imperative that the working class and people take a stand against any notion of "collective punishment" or of revenge and retribution for the terrorist acts. It is this notion itself which can be described as fanatical and medieval, and it comes from those in authority who themselves are refusing to renounce the use of force and brutality to settle the world’s problems. It is this which is giving rise to inhumanity, injustice and terror globally. The progressive forces must refuse to line up behind the aims of the big powers which, while claiming to act in the name of democratic people, are utilising this situation for their own ends.

Not only must the workers and democratic forces be vigilant against the escalation of the state terrorism of the big powers and their military alliances and the further tragedies these powers are preparing for the people in the name of "civilised values". In these circumstances, the working class and people must even more importantly rely on their own forces and strengthen their own organisations. They cannot allow themselves to be benumbed and diverted into handing back the initiative to those who have created such instability and injustice in the world and are now posing to the people that they have no choice but to unite against the "new evil". In this respect also, the workers and democratic forces must be vigilant against the disinformation machine of the "free and democratic world" and its military and intelligence forces, which is seeking to manipulate public opinion in the name of humanity, mercy and justice.

The working class and the movements of the people cannot allow themselves to be knocked off course by the response of US imperialism and the British government to these tragic circumstances, nor by the stepped up reaction which they are planning. There can be no illusions that the increased jingoism, both ideological and military, either represents the sentiment of the broad masses of the people or does anything but further block the path to resolving injustice and inhumanity in the world.

As the dust of the collapse of the World Trade Centre settles, and it becomes possible to make a sober assessment of the situation and its horror, the working class at the head of all the democratic forces must insist that what is reborn is not a continuation of the old order which is suppressing the world’s people in the affirmation of their rights. A new society is possible – a society based on the safeguarding of the rights of all, of the rights of nations and peoples and all their collectives, in which the people themselves are at the centre of all decision making. This is the notion of democracy which the working class holds high. This is the alternative which the working class is striving to bring into being so that the world’s people are spared such terror as that which Tuesday, September 11, brought to the American people and all those whose lives were affected.

It must be said that it is Anglo-American imperialism on whom the responsibility for this act of terrorism rests. It is Anglo-American imperialism which has organised and inspired the method of force and terror in dealing with the problems between peoples and nations since the end of the bi-polar division of the world and the unleashing of the Gulf War. It is Anglo-American imperialism which is declaring that reaction and terror is now to be unleashed against the peoples, and which is creating the danger for a new war of world proportions.

But it must also be said that the big powers striving for domination and control of markets and resources are fearful of the power of the people’s forces. Precisely for this reason they are demanding that everyone become spectators to unfolding events which are supposedly out of their control. The response of the working class and people must therefore be to continue to advance along their line of march, developing the building of the workers’ opposition to capitalist retrogression, developing the movements against neo-liberal globalisation, for the rights of nations and peoples, for national and social liberation, and against the so-called "civilised values" of the "Third Way" and Anglo-American imperialism.

The peoples have a common cause and this is the cause of a new society and an end to hegemonism and terror and the winning of national and social liberation.

Oppose the Stepping Up of State Terrorism and War Preparations against the People! Defend the Rights of All! Persist in Developing the Workers’ and People’s Movements towards their Goals!

September 14, 2001

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North Atlantic Council Invokes Article 5

On September 12, the North Atlantic Council, the governing body of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), the aggressive military alliance under the dictate of the US, approved taking action under Article 5 of the Washington Treaty. This is the first time since its founding in 1949 that an Article 5 action has been approved.

The Statement of the North Atlantic Council says that Article 5 "stipulates that in the event of attacks falling within its purview, each Ally will assist the party that has been attacked by taking such action as it deems necessary. Accordingly, the United States' NATO Allies stand ready to provide the assistance that may be required as a consequence of these acts of barbarism."

"The Council agreed that if it is determined that this attack was directed from abroad against the United States, it shall be regarded as an action covered by Article 5 of the Washington Treaty, which states that an armed attack against one or more of the Allies in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all," the statement says.

The Atlantic Council states that the world today is "subject to the scourge of international terrorism." It points out that NATO members are determined to combat terrorism "in accordance with their commitments to one another, their international commitments and national legislation."

This development gives rise to great concern that the situation will escalate and the US and its allies drawn into wider conflicts through "revenge" assaults and the imposition of the dictate of Anglo-American imperialism and the NATO alliance through arbitrary acts of war against the "forces of evil" and "rogue states". British workers and democratic people must dissociate themselves from the aims and actions of the big powers and take a stand against any use of force.

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Statement of the Government of the Republic of Cuba

The Government of the Republic of Cuba has learned with grief and sadness of the violent, surprise attacks carried out this morning against civilian and official facilities in the cities of New York and Washington – which have caused numerous deaths.

Cuba’s position against any terrorist action is known. It is not possible to forget that for over 40 years our country has been a victim of such actions fostered from within the territory of the United States. Both for historical reasons and ethical principles, the Government of our country strongly rejects and condemns the attacks against the aforementioned facilities and hereby expresses its most heartfelt sympathies to the American people for the painful, unjustifiable loss of human lives resulting from such attacks.

In this bitter hour, our people commiserate with the people of the United States and express their full willingness to co-operate – within its modest possibilities – with the health institutions and any other medical or humanitarian organisation of that country in treating, caring for and rehabilitating the victims caused by this morning’s events.

Havana, 11 September 2001

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DPRK Stance towards Terrorist Attacks on US

PYONGYANG, September 12 (KCNA) — A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry today answered the question put by KCNA as regards the large-scale terrorist attacks on the United States. He said:

Terrorists' large-scale attacks made on the US by blowing themselves up in planes on Tuesday have caught the international community by great surprise.

The very regretful and tragic incident reminds it once again of the gravity of terrorism.

As a UN member the DPRK is opposed to all forms of terrorism and whatever support to it and this stance will remain unchanged.

The DPRK approaches the incident from this point of view.

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In Wake of Tragedy in NY and DC

Step Up the Struggle against US Imperialism and For Political Empowerment!

Oppose US State Terrorism and Use of this Tragedy to Justify Aggression against the Peoples!

Statement of the US Marxist-Leninist Organisation – September 12, 2001

The US Marxist-Leninist Organisation calls on all the workers, women and youth across the country to cope with the tragedy unfolding in the country by stepping up the struggle against US imperialism and for political empowerment of the people. We express our deepest sympathies to the families of all those killed and injured and our support to those joining in to rescue and assist the victims. We place the blame for this tragedy on US imperialism and its state-organised terrorism, which has been and is repeatedly unleashed against the peoples, abroad and at home. We condemn the acts carried out and categorically oppose terrorism of any kind as it does not serve the interests of the people. It must be recognised that these acts grow out of the conditions imposed by US imperialism, and it is only by targeting US imperialism that Americans can defend their interests.

The US government cannot be permitted to unleash further aggression against the peoples of the world. Americans cannot allow their grief and fear to be manipulated into supporting aggression abroad and repression at home in the name of opposing terrorism. Already, Bush has said the US will "hunt down" those responsible and that there will be no distinction made between "terrorists and those who harbour them." Secretary of State Colin Powell said that the US will especially go after "those nations, those states, those organisations, that provide haven for this kind of activity." This is a set-up, to justify aggression anywhere, against anyone the US deems "guilty." The US already has an arbitrary list of seven countries on its "terrorism" list. These include Afghanistan, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan and Syria. After bombings of US embassies in Africa, the US bombed both Sudan and Afghanistan using their "suspicion of terrorist activity," with the "evidence" afterwards exposed as false. Even greater crimes are now planned and these seven countries are likely to be among the first ones again targeted for aggression.

The ruling circles have also already labelled those participating in the many demonstrations against imperialist globalisation and US-style democracy as "national security threats," and "terrorists." This label has been used to criminalise protest and attack the rights of the people. Now, with the current events, the view is being given that Americans have been "coddled," and that the government must strike a better "balance" between upholding rights and providing security. This is to divert from the reality that US-style democracy does not guarantee the rights of the people nor provide any security for the people. It is to justify that the continued rule of the imperialists and their demand to put all the human and material resources at their disposal be secured and furthered.

The movement that has arisen against imperialist globalisation and US-style democracy is challenging the power usurped by the imperialist rulers and demanding an alternative. The fight for political empowerment, to empower the people themselves to govern and decide is being advanced. The imperialists have attempted to use intimidation and force against all those fighting for their rights but the people have refused to be cowed. Now the ruling circles will attempt to manipulate this tragedy to derail the movement into conciliation with US-style democracy, while also justifying even greater repression. The upcoming demonstrations planned against the World Bank and IMF in Washington D.C., September 29-30 will no doubt be used by the bourgeoisie as a testing ground against the people.

Let all the workers, women and youth of the US step up the fight against US imperialism and stand together with the peoples of the world in the fight for a new world. Let there be no conciliation with US imperialism and its "way of life." It is now more urgent than ever to step up the fight against US imperialism and organise to bring the people to power. This is the way forward!

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