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Nothing Can Justify the Fascism of the Ever-Worsening U.S. War Program

On January-3, the U.S. openly admitted to assassinating a military general of the Iranian nation.

The evidence that this was a deliberate and willful decision is unquestionable and comes from the proud boasting of the President himself. According to the President's statement that day: "Last night, at my direction, the United States military successfully executed a flawless precision strike that killed the number-one terrorist anywhere in the world, Qasem Soleimani.

 

"Soleimani was plotting imminent and sinister attacks on American diplomats and military personnel, but we caught him in the act and terminated him.

 

"Under my leadership, America's policy is unambiguous: To terrorists who harm or intend to harm any American, we will find you; we will eliminate you. We will always  protect our diplomats, service members, all Americans, and our allies."

In a positive and energetic January 8 response, a barrage of missile strikes by the Iranian military on U.S. air bases deployed near its boarder succeeded in achieving the immediate recovery of detente sought by Iran. However, the two ruling political parties in Washington are continuing to spit in the face of the American people, Iran and the world, not only by presenting the assassination as a defensive act, but even by going so far as to depict that type of act, that is well-established and precedentially recognized war crime, as no big deal!

After 20 years of the U.S.-NATO war on international terrorism, the parasitic drive of western imperialism to drag the world backwards into increasing barbarism has reached new lows. Today, not only the principle of sovereignty, but even the elementary concepts of taking prisoners or honoring any modern limit in war, made so famous in 20th century episodes such as the Nuremberg trials, are being marginalized as a distant memory. According to the fascist logic of the political representatives of the U.S. monopoly capitalist class, not even those men in uniform that they declare to be terrorists have the customary rights such as the right to surrender.

These days, the institutional edifice for the U.S. policy of redefining acceptable conduct for the inception and termination of warfare as well as the treatment of prisoners of war, statesmen, soldiers, and civilians is being established initially within the field of U.S. domestic law and extended to international bodies from there.

Arbitrary murder of any country's nationals at any time a U.S. president deems fit became an established power of the U.S. executive branch when President Obama launched the Disposition Matrix database in 2010 to empower the Presidency indefinitely to prescribe the death penalty against anyone it wanted label as a terrorist. This new addition to U.S. executive powers followed the initial 2001 cutting of the ribbon at the Guantanamo Bay torture camp and the declaration of war that same year against any country that might ever be deemed unamenable to U.S. dictate.

The ongoing brutality of the U.S. occupying army in Iraq has already aroused the conscience of humanity. So too, the most recent danger of war on Iran has already been averted thanks to that country's principled response to the targeted killing of General Soleimani. However the aims of the near-term phase of the broad international front against war and imperialism have not yet been achieved. For the accelerated mobilization and advance on the part of the American working class and people's struggle against this war and the entire system of U.S. imperialism, the overriding task is to empower the people - the real motive force of the struggle for peace - by assisting them in building up independent, conscious, and proactive organizations.

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