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Issue #1796      September 27, 2017

Trump’s declaration of war

CPA statement

Last week, US president Donald Trump addressed the United Nations and made a declaration of war against a number of UN member-states. In a dictatorial diatribe that paid lip service in passing to the UN’s peace-keeping mission, the leader of the biggest nuclear weapons power presented a picture of the world where each country stands alone in pursuit of their own interests to the exclusion of all others.

Trump addresses the United Nations.

The declared subjects of the declaration of war – grouped together as “rogue regimes” – are North Korea, Iran and Venezuela. Beating the drums of war, Trump announced to the 193 UN-member states that the US will be spending “$700 billion on our military ... our military will soon be the strongest it has ever been.”

“We live in a time of extraordinary opportunity”, he stated. “But each day also brings news of growing dangers that threaten everything we cherish and value. Terrorists and extremists have gathered strength and spread to every region of the planet. Rogue regimes represented in this body (UN) not only support terrorists, but threaten other nations and their own people with the most destructive weapons known to humanity.”

In reference to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), Trump threatened to spark a nuclear conflagration: “The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”

Aside from this outrageous threat to annihilate an entire country, such an act would inevitably escalate a chain reaction leading to world-wide catastrophe: the destruction of life on earth.

There is no such thing as “limited nuclear war”.

Israel, the military arm of the US in the Middle East and itself a global pariah for its abuse of human rights, is playing a wider role beyond the Middle East in the strategy to escalate US hegemony. Thus in praise, following Trump’s diatribe, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had never heard “a bolder or more courageous speech” at the UN.

Throughout his speech Trump peddled successive versions of the Big Lie:

“In America we do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone ...”

“In America the people govern, the people rule and the people are sovereign.”

“In foreign affairs, we are renewing the principle of sovereignty.”

And: “The United States of America has been among the greatest forces for good in the history of the world and the greatest defender of sovereignty.”

Alluding to developments since the conclusion of WW2, the lie then became an insult to the intelligence of the international community: “It is an eternal credit to the American character that even after we and our allies emerged victorious from the bloodiest war in history, we did not seek territorial expansion ...”

On terrorism, without giving details, Trump stated ominously, “I have also totally changed the rules of our engagement in our fight against the Taliban and other terrorist groups.” The US has launched airstrikes, two land invasions, and drone strikes around the world since the September 11, 2001 attack in New York City, after which – under cover of the “war on terror” – former George W Bush proclaimed “endless war”.

The most blatant hypocrisy from Trump was the constant reference to the sovereignty of nations. Even without recounting the US history of successive violations of the sovereignty and independence of nations around the world, the speech over and over again threatened the destruction of these two fundamental tenants of the UN, targeting North Korea, Iran, Syria, China, Russia, Venezuela and Cuba, the latter two demonised in the language of the cold war as “socialist dictatorship”.

Further, he continued, “From the Soviet Union to Cuba to Venezuela, wherever ... socialism or communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure”.

Australia has a central role in the strategy being played out in the power shift of global spheres of interest. US spy bases in Australia direct attacks to their targets in conflicts, with preparations for war in the region increasingly evident in the growing US military presence in Australia’s north, targeted not only at North Korea but also China.

The vision of self-interest and ultra-nationalism expounded in the Trump speech is the belligerence of an imperialist power looking to reconfigure power toward the New World Order pronounced by the US towards the end of last century. Globalisation, the term used to define this phase of imperialism, was to be the means by which this new order was to be delivered.

To achieve this new form of world slavery, the ruling class in the US and its sycophantic allies, such as Australia, will use all means available to them: military power, economic control and domination, political and ideological manipulation and terrorism.

Nonetheless, there are sharp contradictions and antagonisms between the main capitalist groupings. Each wants to dominate and strives to protect its interests while trying to expand their “spheres of interest” and take more of the markets.

The New World Order is about imposing the world-wide domination of capital by a system going deeper into crisis at every turn.

The CPA – in concert with the overwhelming response of the international community – calls for negotiations on an equal basis to resolve differences between nations and condemns any moves to increase tensions that could lead to conflict.

See Statement by the Tudeh (Communist) Party of Iran.

Next article – Editorial – Australia’s tragic energy fiasco

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