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Monday, 16 November 2015 14:33

Resolution on Paris, Beirut, Afghanistan and the Middle East Recent Acts of Terrorism


Working class solidarity against imperialist wars is needed, now more than ever


The Manila Socialism Conference participants express our solidarity with the people of Paris and Beirut who were targeted in acts of terror by ISIS forces in the past few days.


In Paris, coordinated bombing and shootings at six separate locations on November 14 killed 129 people and injured 200 others. In Beirut, 43 people were killed and more than 200 injured in two suicide bomb attacks just 24 hours earlier.


We condemn these acts of violence.


In the same breadth we also condemn the October aerial bombing by the United States of the hospital in Kundus Province in Afghanistan, which killed at least 22 people and injured 37 and which was condemned by Doctors Without Borders as a war crime.


We also note that the West did not respond to the same degree following the immediate aftermath of the bombings in Beirut and Afghanistan. But people’s lives matter as much in Paris as they do in Beirut or Syria or Iraq or Afghanistan. We abhor this racist selective grief and outrage; Third World lives do matter!


These latest acts of terror must not be allowed to justify ongoing and new imperialist wars, tougher anti-refugee and anti-immigrant laws and anti-democratic “security” laws and repression of democratic rights.

The rise of terrorist forces such as ISIS and Al Qaeda is a direct result of decades of imperialist intervention and wars in the Middle East.


Without the US crime of the war against Iraq — which, by the measurements used by Western governments themselves, left more than a million innocent people dead — there would be no ISIS, no “Al Qaeda in Iraq". Without U.S. funding and intervention in Afghanistan there would be no Al Qaeda.


The kind of extreme fundamentalist terror represented by ISIS was unknown prior to the invasion and occupation by the US and its allies.


It's the people in these predominantly Muslim countries who have suffered and continue to suffer the most at the hands of these fundamentalist forces, resulting in millions fleeing for their lives.


It's also the women and men in these countries, who are in the frontline of the resistance against fundamentalist forces; not the imperialist powers with their aerial bombings, as Western media propaganda would have us believe.


The Kurdish resistance to ISIS with its democratic, multi-ethnic and feminist revolution in Rojava serve as a counter-example to Western imperialist military intervention in the Middle East. These resistance fighters show the way forward: to defeat ISIS, as illustrated by the recent Kurdish-led victory in liberating the city of Shinjar; and to building a democratic, secular and progressive Middle East – an outcome that ongoing Western imperialist intervention has failed to achieve.


Furthermore, we condemn any attempts by governments, the corporate media and others, especially in the West, to use these attacks to whip up anti-Muslim hysteria and racism, including the incitement to violence against Muslims and refugees.


Working class solidarity is needed more than ever, against imperialist wars and interventions, as well as far right, racist and nationalist forces seeking to exploit these events to build support for their politics of hatred and fear.


Manila Socialism Conference

November 15, 2015




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