Step Up the Anti-War Struggle!

November 21, 2005

The Republicans and Democrats are throwing mud at each other over the war in Iraq.

Political opportunism, absorbed with this wrangling and posturing, claims that "there is a split in the ruling class" and that Congress is "answering the demands" of the people to stop the war. On this basis, opportunism's strategy for the anti-war struggle is to phone Congress so as to convince "more" representatives and to vote in more Democrats in 2006.

But the fact is that the "debate" in Washington, D.C. is not between pro-war and anti-war factions. It is an argument amongst the warmakers over how to win the war.

For example, on November 15, the Senate voted 79 to 19 in favor of a resolution calling on Bush to make regular quarterly reports "to explain to Congress and the American people its strategy for the successful completion of the mission in Iraq." The New York Times advertised this as a "vote of no confidence on the war in Iraq." The Democratic Leadership Council, the leading policy-making group in the party, called it a "stinging, bipartisan rebuke to the Bush administration." The DLC underlined that they demanded a "strategy for success" in Iraq.

But this is not all. To see the meaningless of the Democrats "stinging rebukes" of Bush, we must remember that all their posturing against the war was part of debating an amendment to a $491 billion military funding bill (including another $50 billion in emergency spending for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan) which passed the Senate by a vote of 97 to 0. Similarly, a resolution calling for immediate withdrawal from Iraq was rejected by the House of Representatives in a vote of 403 to 3.

The "debate" between Republicans and Democrats is only over the best military tactics for winning the war. These two parties can never and will never "split" over the aims of the war because both parties represent the monopoly capitalist class, the class which is waging the war in Iraq to begin re-colonizing the oil-rich and strategic Middle East.

The Republicans and Democrats are at each others' throats because they cannot stop the liberation struggle of the Iraqi people nor quell the massive anti-war struggle of the American people. The capitalists' dogfights aim at 1) shifting blame for losing the war in Iraq and 2) trying to buy more time with public opinion at home by creating illusions in an "official opposition" to the war.

The people have no interest in becoming cheerleaders for any side in these capitalist dogfights. Not even for a second can we afford to tone down our anti-war struggle or entertain illusions in any of these warmakers. Our anti-war struggle is not aimed at a "new strategy for winning in Iraq." Our demand is for the immediate, unconditional withdrawal of all U.S. and foreign troops.

The way forward is to intensify our mass struggles and strengthen our own independent organization.