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U.S. Sanctions Express the Interests of Domination and Exploitation

These days, sanctions and embargoes are an important part of U.S. imperialism's agenda of building up its capacity to continue to wage multiple wars and impose multiple colonial administrations. They are an important feature of the armory of Washington. This policy brings the U.S. Treasury Department very closely to bear on the course of events in all the target countries. And it makes it easy for Washington to increase frictions in the name of enforcement.

As is well known, the act of precluding a nation from trading and competing economically is done in order to create a scarcity of foodstuffs and other basic necessities of life for the people of the country. The aim is to place the target country under the aggressor's dictate by softening it up in order to wrest immediate concessions and eventually facilitate a fatal blow on the battlefield.

The current policy of sanctioning and embargoing multiple enemies in the name of "national security" is directed by U.S. imperialism against the sovereign right of the peoples of foreign states to determine their own economic and political system. This policy attempts to guarantee the interests of the U.S. monopolies by dictating to and punishing other countries which refuse to actively go along with the state terrorism of U.S. imperialism in Iraq, Afghanistan and across the globe.

Some of the world's political systems now being dealt with in this manner include Colombia, Cuba, Iran, Lebanon, Libya, Nicaragua, North Korea, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, Somalia, Venezuela and Yemen.

In order to establish a unipolar world with itself as the sole superpower, the U.S. monopoly capitalist class wants and needs war. This is so that it can extend its economic reach and further shift the burden of the capitalist economic crisis onto the backs of the peoples. This is also so that it can assert its hegemony over rival capitalist groups and imperialist states.

In attempting to assert a U.S. role as ultimate "world leader," the two parties proclaim that "American values" are real and universal and that international ideals and institutions must be molded to conform to them. Although this false and ultra-chauvinist doctrine is put forward as a promotion of "progress," "civil rights," "stability," "free trade," and "the development of the private sector," it is nothing more than a demand that every country accept Western-style political institutions and the dictates of the international monopolies and bankers. U.S. imperialism has declared that it will impose its will and dictate on anybody everybody according to the doctrine of "Might Makes Right."

It is the U.S. state apparatus which systematically bombs cities and towns, destroyed vital economic infrastructure the cultural heritage - in fact, wages war with the specific and declared strategy of targeting, terrorizing and destroying the civilian populations.

It is U.S. imperialism which not only threatens but has used nuclear weapons and other instruments of mass destruction to terrorize nations and to impose its dictate.

It is U.S. imperialism which organizes mercenary armies and paramilitary death squads in Colombia, in Haiti, in the Philippines, etc, to carry out wanton terror and destruction. It is U.S. imperialism, which in South Korea, in Israel, in Iraq and elsewhere, finances and organizes the most fascist regimes and instructs them in terrorizing the peoples of their country.

It is the C.l.A. which carried out and continues to carry out covert operations and destabilization campaigns against Cuba, Haiti, Iran, Korea, the former Yugoslavia, Venezuela, etc.

These barbaric methods reflect the fact that the capitalist-imperialist system in the U.S. is interested in policing the world, trampling on the sovereignty of countries, and forcibly impressing the peoples into the colonial system of imperialism.

In order to win its demands for an immediate end to all U.S. interference, aggression and militarism the anti-war movement of the American people must target the monopoly capitalist class and the imperialist system as the source of war.

We must oppose the aggressive, exploiting aims taken by U.S. imperialism. We must wholeheartedly support the liberation movements of the oppressed peoples and support the just stands of governments which defend the sovereignty of countries and the rights of the people. We must demand a genuinely democratic foreign policy which puts an end to all U.S. military intervention and aggression, withdraws all U.S. troops stationed abroad, and ends the militarization of economic and social life.

While imperialism means war, the whole history of the last 150 years shows that it is peoples and their struggle for liberation which are the decisive force. The American people must not leave the question of war and peace in the hands of the imperialist warmakers and their two parties of war. Rather we must take the initiative and further unfold a powerful movement to stay the hands of the warmakers and overthrow imperialism once and for all.


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