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Slaughter and Blind Terror in Paris : Capitalism is Imperialist War ! (November 14th, 2015)

More than a hundred deaths, hundreds of wounded persons, it is a real carnage that the Parisian population has just suffered yesterday night. It is the last dramatic episode of a series of bloody and barbaric bombings around the world, amongst them the recent bombings Ankara, Turkey, and the downing of the Russian flight over Egypt. They respond to the massive and brutal military intervention of the main imperialist powers in Syria. At their turn, these attacks are going to be used as a pretext to re-launch even more the imperialist war and rivalries, in particular in the Middle East, with the result of more people killed, more misery and populations forced, for their very survival, to flee the war and to migrate. One more time, the macabre reality comes to confirm the classic position of the working class movement and Marxism : Capitalism is war. No peace is possible as long as this society of misery and death is not overturned.
Looking forward to a more elaborated stance on what has just taken place in Paris, we republish our past position on the attacks against Charlie Hebdo and the kosher store of January 7th, 2015 in Paris in which we affirmed that
“the further that capitalism falls into economic crisis, imperialist rivalries and war, the more that terrorism will develop and hit innocent people” Capitalism’s reality has just very much confirmed our past statement.

The IGCL, November 14th, 2015.
PS (Nov. 15th). Readers and comrades can also refer to the ICT article Paris Attacks: Barbarism, Barbarism and Still More Barbarism and to the International Communist Party’s Attacks in Paris: Capitalism is responsible. Class war against capitalism! in "prises de position".

Terrorist attacks in Paris : No to Terrorism, No to the Capitalist State!

Just 4 hours after the slaughter of several famous journalists, the murderous attack against the satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo is already heralded as the French September 11th. Calls are growing for national unity, to ’unite’ behind the democratic state for defending the Republique. France’s President, F. Hollande, was immediately at the scene calling for national unity in face of "an attack (…) committed against a newspaper – that is against freedom of expression – against journalists (…) against the spirit of the Republique". ’Democracy’ has declared war on barbarism: "we need a national fight against Islamism " said a distinguished Left journalist (Serge Moati). The slogan is launched: ’Defend democracy and the Republique against islamo-fascism’. In mere hours after the attack, the Socialist Party is already calling for "a Republicans’ March" aimed at leading the population to participate en masse. All the world leaders, Obama, Cameron, Merkel, Putin, etc. denounce the attack and Islamic terrorism. The war against terrorism, declared at the time of the Ottawa (Canada), New York and Sydney attacks these last months, is about to play out again with the population called upon to back their democratic state against the terrorist and totalitarian danger. The anti-Islamic and anti-Muslim propaganda campaigns will intensify just as street demonstrations and ’counter-demonstrations’ on this question are being advanced in Germany. It is a genuine warlike climate that the bourgeoisies of all countries, particularly North America and Europe, are trying to impose. And undoubtedly for us at this hour this last attack marks a step in setting up a great ideological and political offensive at the international level against the working class in order to impose an atmosphere and logic in defense of the state, national unity and preparation for war.

Clearly we denounce these barbarous acts 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 measure – and moment – of imperialist war and, at the same time, against the working class through generalized terror and the means of repression for which these bloody actions provide the justification; and above all through the ideological and political spin designed to draw in whole populations behind their state and bourgeoisie in the name of national unity and the defense of the ’democratic’ state.

For the working class, the ’option’ of ’democracy against Islamo-fascism’ is a trap. Islamic terrorism is produced by democratic states and exacerbated imperialist rivalries – ’Human Rights Watch’ clearly revealed how the FBI recruited and used unbalanced Muslims (as well as others) to commit ’lone-wolf’’ attacks. It is not Islamism confronting the working class but the capitalist states of which the majority, above all the main ones, are democratic. These terrorist provocations and the anti-terrorist and anti-Islamic campaigns are fully part of state policies used against the working class.

The further that capitalism falls into economic crisis, imperialist rivalries and war, the more that terrorism will develop and hit innocent people. Only the working class can drive back war and terrorist threats by developing its struggles in defense of its living and working conditions. Only through the destruction of capitalism can it pose a solution to this march to war that the bourgeoisie everywhere attempts to impose on mind and body.

The proletariat can’t fall into this bourgeois state trap - to line up ’either with it or against terrorists’. This would play into the hands of its archenemy, which it now must fight more than ever.

No to 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.