Murderous Attack in Paris : No to Terrorism, No to Capitalist State ! (January 7th 2015)

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Jan 9 2015 20:18
Murderous Attack in Paris : No to Terrorism, No to Capitalist State ! (January 7th 2015)

Murderous Attack in Paris : No to Terrorism, No to Capitalist State ! (January 7th 2015)

Only just 4 hours after the slaughter of various famous journalists, the murderous attack against the satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo is already showed as the "French September 11th". The calls for national unity, to « unite » behind the democratic State for defending the Republique, multiply. The French President, F. Hollande, has gone at once to the place and immediately called for national unity in front of « an attack (…) committed against a newspaper – that is against freedom of expression – against journalists (…) against the spirit of the Republique ». War of democracy against Barbary has been declared: "we need a national fight against Islamic" has said a distinguished Left journalist (Serge Moati). The slogan is thrown: "To defend democracy and the Republique against islamo-fascism". Already, a few hours after the attack, the Socialist Party is calling for « a Republicans’ March » aiming at leading the population to massively participate. The whole world leaders, Obama, Cameron, Merkel, Putin, etc. denounce the attack and Islamic terrorism. War against terrorism, already declared at the time of the Ottawa (Canada), New-York and Sydney attacks these last months, is going to be rerun and the populations are going to be called to gather behind their democratic State against the terrorist and totalitarian danger. The anti-Islamics and anti-Muslims propaganda campaigns are going to intensify at the very moment street demonstrations and "counter-demonstrations" on this question are put forwards in Germany. It is a genuine warlike climate that the bourgeoisies of all countries, and particularly in North-America and Europe, try to impose. And no doubt for us at this hour that this last attack marks a step in the setting up of a great ideological and political offensive at the international level against the working class so that to impose an atmosphere and a logic of defense of the State, national unity and preparation for war.

Let’s be clear: we denounce these acts of Barbary and the use of terrorism. It is not a weapon of the working class. And above all, present terrorism is always, directly or indirectly, manipulated and provoked by the States as a mean – and moment – of imperialist war and, at the same time, against the working class: through generalized terror and the means of repression that these bloody actions justify; and above all through the ideological and political utilization which is made of it and which aims at gathering the whole populations behind their State and their bourgeoisie on the name of national unity and defense of the democratic State.

For the working class, the alternative of "democracy against Islamo-fascism" is a trap. Islamic terrorism is produced by democratic States and exacerbated imperialist rivalries – the organization Human Rights Watch has clearly showed how the FBI recruited and utilized unbalanced Muslims (as others sometimes) to commit "alone wolf"s’ attacks. It is not Islamism which do confront the working class but the capitalist States whose most part, above all the main ones, are democratic. The terrorist provocations and the anti-terrorist and anti-Islamic campaigns are all full part of the policies of the States and are utilized against the working class.

The more Capitalism falls into economic crisis and warlike imperialist rivalries, the more terrorism will develop and hit innocent people. Only the working class can make withdraw the war and terrorism threats by developing its struggles for the defense of its living and working conditions. Only, by capitalism destruction, it can oppose a solution to this march towards war that the latter attempts everywhere to impose in minds and in fleshes.

The proletariat can’t fall into the trap the bourgeois State sets for: to line up with terrorists or with it, that is to be with its arch enemy. It must fight against it more than ever.

Noto Terrorism, no to National and Democratic State! Both lead to generalized imperialist war.

Yes to working class struggle against capitalism, its misery, its terror, and its wars!

International Group of the Communist Left, January 7th 2015.

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Jan 9 2015 20:32

Suppose if anything is to come of this is more dusty tracts, more column inches from the febrile imagination of anti-imperialist lefties shoehorning everything into their simplistic one size fits all narratives.