Greens and Socialists Unite to Oppose War

by | Apr 2, 2003

Largely unreported in the mainstream press of America is the unified opposition to the war for regime change in Iraq from both the Greens and worldwide Socialists. The same person could have written their public statements for the way they mirror one another. This only serves to underscore what observers of these political groups have […]

Largely unreported in the mainstream press of America is the unified opposition to the war for regime change in Iraq from both the Greens and worldwide Socialists. The same person could have written their public statements for the way they mirror one another. This only serves to underscore what observers of these political groups have long known; the Greens are merely another element of Socialist opposition to Capitalism.

In September of last year, the Green Party of the United States issued a statement, declaring their opposition to the invasion of Iraq. Under the aegis of the United Nations which authorized the expulsion of Iraq from Kuwait, the pilots of the US and allied nations have been repeatedly attacked while guarding the “no-fly zones.” In the twelve years that have passed since then, Iraq has ignored seventeen UN resolutions to disarm and threw out the UN inspectors until forced to let them return.

There has been zero evidence that Iraq has ever ceased its efforts to acquire weapons of mass destruction, but according to Tod Sloan, co-chair of the party’s International committee, “If President Bush and Congress truly care about the security of the US, they will work with the United Nations to address any threat by Iraq through peaceful, diplomatic means.”

The Greens/Green Party USA, a separate group, is even more vociferous in its condemnation of the conflict. “Greens throughout the world condemn the US government” trampling on human rights and international law to kill thousands of innocent Iraqis, for the sake of oil and imperial design.” It called for “a worldwide consumer boycott of selected corporations. Already, international boycotts against Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, and other US companies are underway.” The notion that Coca-Cola or McDonald’s are the enemy, along with all other US multinational corporations is a definition of the Socialist point of view.

The World Socialists and Socialist Equality Party sponsored a conference this passed weekend on the subject of “Socialism and the Struggle Against Imperialism and War: the Strategy and Program of a New International Working Class Movement.” If Karl Marx, Lenin, and Stalin weren’t dead, you could bet they would all be keynote speakers. So far as the World Socialists are concerned, the war’s purpose is to “plunder and colonize Iraq.” Nary a word of criticism for Saddam Hussein.

The Democratic Socialists of the USA, in March, chimed in with a statement by Frank Llewellyn, its national director. “This war and those that could well follow it do not flow from any direct threat to the United States.” Apparently 9-11 has slipped his mind. “Bush’s war is a political war in favor of a new ideological doctrine of imperial dominance.” The Red Chinese could not have said it better.

Naturally, Llewellyn believes that “the peace movement should agitate for United Nations’ and not United States’ administration of post-war Iraqi economic and military reconstruction.” We all know what a terrific job the UN has done to contain and eliminate Saddam’s aggressive instincts. Finally, Llewellyn states that “The unilateral attack on Iraq is part and parcel of the Reagan-Bush worldview that conceives of the United States as the sole force for good in the world.”

There hasn’t been a single word from the self-appointed environmentalists concerning the enormous environmental damage Saddam authorized in the Gulf War, setting Kuwaiti oil fields ablaze and dumping thousands of gallons of oil into the Persian Gulf. There is still no word about his latest effort to set Iraqi oil fields ablaze. There isn’t a word about the brutal oppression of the Iraqi people, nor the billions of dollars Saddam personally siphoned from Iraq’s economy.

So Greenpeace, the National Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club and the vast matrix of environmental organizations have all revealed themselves to be Socialists/Communists at heart.

They are a movement whose purpose is to undermine the economy of this nation by pressing for legislation that:

1. Opposes US access vast oil reserves in Alaska;
2. That bans pesticides to protect the health of Americans and herbicides to protect our food crops;
3. That wants to ban ranchers from traditional access to government lands for grazing;
4. That used “endangered species” to bankrupt the farmers of the Klamath Valley;
5. That used “endangered species” to re-introduce predator species throughout the West;
6. That seeks to limit the mining industry from extracting natural resources;
7. That seeks to keep the timber industry from helping manage our national forests;
8. That is acquiring huge amounts of privately owned property to put it off limits to any use.
9. That opposes any use of so-called “fossil fuels” and would limit the individual choice and use of automobiles, SUVs, trucks and off-road vehicles.
10. They have used “environmental” laws to thwart the proper training of our armed forces on bases throughout the US.

There is hardly any element of our economy that hasn’t been under attack by these “environmentalists.” The immediate enemy is Iraq. The other enemy is the environmentalists for whom Socialism/Communism is the guiding agenda behind their varied agendas.

The views expressed above represent those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the editors and publishers of Capitalism Magazine. Capitalism Magazine sometimes publishes articles we disagree with because we think the article provides information, or a contrasting point of view, that may be of value to our readers.

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