The Government is Already Ignoring the Vote

Reprinted from The Worker, newspaper of the Workers Party, USA.

The overwhelming defeat of the Republicans in the November election was another declaration that the American people demand an immediate end to the war in Iraq.

The voice of the people was even more resounding in the 164 communities in which ballot initiatives gave people the opportunity to directly vote yes or no on the war. In virtually every community, the people demanded the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq; for example, in Cook County, IL, 80% voted to end the war, 72% in Milwaukee, etc.

Thus it is the elementary responsibility of the new Congress, on its very first day, to immediately end the war.

But, in the wake of the elections, the Democratic Party is emphasizing that it is seeking "common ground" and "partnership" with Bush; the Democrats have emphatically said they will not cut off funding for the war. Of course, none of this is surprising, since from the beginning, the Democrats have helped Bush organize the war.

What we can expect is that the Democrats and the government are going to increase their posturing. Both Bush and the Democrats are pretending that removing Rumsfeld will somehow change the character of the war. They are going to huff and puff about "mistakes." They are going to "investigate" abuses. They are going to talk about "timetables" and "new strategies," etc., ad infinitum. And all the while, the war is going to continue.

All the empty talk is blowing smoke in the eyes of the people.

The capitalist warmakers are losing the war because of the resistance of the Iraqi people; the warmakers are extremely isolated in the U.S. because of the mass struggles and independent initiatives of the people. The Democrats and the new Congress are going to try to slow down the opposition, to divert our attention with their empty words. They are desperately trying to buy time for the war.

This posturing must be denounced as part and parcel of the war program.

In these conditions, it is more important than ever that the people step up their struggles to demand an immediate, unconditional withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq. So too we must step up our struggles against every front of U.S. imperialism's so-called "war on terrorism" - against the war in Afghanistan, against the U.S.-Israeli war on Palestine, against U.S. pressure and threats against Iran, Korea and everywhere.

We cannot win the peace by asking the warmakers to do the right thing, much less by relying on them. Rather, we must keep the initiative in our hands and build up our own independent, anti-imperialist organizations.

Only the peoples can stop the wars!

We can and we will!