Arab Communist and Workers Parties say
"A bitter outcome of American policies"
Humanity in various continents and countries received with utmost condemnation the suicidal attacks in New York and Washington. For as much as these attacks spread fear, horror and a state of deep frustration inside America, they also created an atmosphere of anger and condemnation outside it because of the thousands of innocent people who fell victim to this aggression. But condemnation does not mean refusing to view this terrorist act in its reality, as being in one main aspect, a bitter outcome of American policy itself. On the other side, it is a consequence of the tremendous resentment and anger which have been escalating all over the world, against injustice, oppression, exploitation and recklessness towards human beings; as well as against growing poverty and misery throughout the world. The US administration's reaction to this event and its subsequent acts have indicated elements of confusion, arrogance and lack of rationality. It considered what happened the beginning of a new kind of war which the forces of evil have declared against the forces of good, and pledged to wage a long-term crusade until it achieves victory. It called upon states of the world to join an alliance with it against terror and against states and centres that harbour terrorists and offer them assistance. All this without arriving at a clear specification with regard to responsibilities. Its behaviour has thus become close to settling scores with all its opponents, employing the suicidal attack itself as a means to proceed with the same policies, i.e., the policy of control over the world and subjecting it to American interests to the exclusion of others. The US administration is therefore deliberately ignoring the real factors which led to this catastrophe, first and foremost the policy of impoverishing nations and plundering their wealth, obstructing the institutions of international legitimacy, supporting the Israeli wrongdoing at the expense of Palestinian rightness, and the arrogance of power and attempts at hegemony and exclusivity. Here lies evil and the source of reactions to it. The biggest example on this are the acts of blackmail and crimes committed by the government of the world criminal Ariel Sharon, using the attacks in the US as a pretext, claiming that its aggression against the Palestinian people represents its own contribution against terror. This complex situation requires that all honest people in the world work hard for the rejection of these American aims and support the idea of convening an international conference within the framework of the United Nations, which has been called for by Syria and is currently adopted by Egypt and other countries. Such a conference can put forward a comprehensive definition of international terror that makes a distinction between it and legitimate acts of resistance. Only then can an international alliance be established against terror — after reaching agreement on its definition, its forces and instruments. This alliance will definitely be under the supervision of the UN and its exclusive responsibility. The danger that US action might go beyond reacting to the perpetrators of the attacks, raises the need for utmost vigilance on the Arab level, in defence of Arab interests in general and the Palestinian people in particular. The United States and the world will continue to be exposed to terror as long as the current policies of Washington remain, and as long as injustice, aggression and usurpation continue; until the dawn of a new world order in which justice, harmony and equality prevail among peoples. Jordanian Communist Party Syrian Communist Party Iraqi Communist Party Lebanese Communist Party Sudanese Communist Party Egyptian Communist Party Palestinian People's Party September 20, 2001.