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Workers Vanguard No. 1060

23 January 2015
The closing date for news in this issue is 20 January.

Workers Vanguard

“National Unity” Crusade After Paris Massacres

France: Down With “War on Terror” Repression!

In the wake of the horrific murders committed by jihadists in Paris, U.S. secretary of state John Kerry visited France to make a show of embracing French president François Hollande. Signaling how the French ruling class intends to capitalize on the recent shootings, the Socialist Party (SP) head of state likened them to the 11 September 2001 attacks, which in the U.S. led to a vast expansion in the state’s repressive arsenal and a qualitative diminution in democratic rights. In that spirit, the war criminals in Washington will host a February 18 global “security summit” with the French and other bloodstained imperialist powers. Kerry and fellow White House officials have already taken part in high-level talks with their European counterparts to pave the way for a renewed “war on terror” crackdown.

Kicking its machinery of repression into high gear, the Hollande government arrested scores for statements and protests it deemed as apologizing for terrorism while pouring troops and more cops onto the streets. With the war drums beating louder and faster, Paris dispatched an aircraft carrier group to launch bombing raids over Iraq, escalating its involvement in the U.S.-led war against ISIS.

Moves to ramp up the “anti-terror” crusade in Europe are further fuel for a rising tide of racist hysteria directed against dark-skinned people and immigrants. Far-right parties spewing anti-immigrant vitriol have been climbing in opinion polls in France, Britain, Austria and the Netherlands. In Germany, the racist national-chauvinists of Pegida have held weekly rallies in Dresden of up to 25,000 people.

Contrary to imperialist propaganda, Islam holds no monopoly on fundamentalist terrorism. In the U.S., the countless bombings, arson attacks and assaults against abortion clinics, including the assassination of eight people since the early 1990s, were carried out in the name of biblical injunction. Of course, such anti-woman violence does not count as religious extremism in a country where Christian fundamentalists wield substantial political influence. (read on)

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About the ICL




V.I. LeninLeon TrotskyThe International Communist League (Fourth Internationalist) is a proletarian, revolutionary and internationalist tendency committed to the task of building Leninist parties as national sections of a democratic-centralist international. Our aim is the achievement of new October Revolutions—nothing else, nothing other, nothing less. The ICL bases itself on Marxist historical, dialectical materialism and seeks in particular to carry forward the international working-class perspectives of Marxism developed in the theory and practice of the Bolshevik leaders V. I. Lenin and L. D. Trotsky and embodied in the decisions of the first four Congresses of the Communist International as well as key documents of the Fourth International such as the Transitional Program (1938) and "War and the Fourth International" (1934). We also look to James P. Cannon, a leader of the early American Communist Party who was won to Trotskyism and went on to become a principal founder of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP), working in close collaboration with Leon Trotsky. The origins of the ICL are in the Spartacist League/U.S., which began as the Revolutionary Tendency in the SWP and was bureaucratically expelled in 1963. Our ICL "Declaration of Principles and Some Elements of Program" was modeled on the Declaration of Principles adopted at the 1966 founding conference of the SL/U.S.

Adopted at the Third International Conference of the ICL in early 1998, the declaration presently exists in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, German, Russian, Polish, Italian, Turkish, Indonesian, Greek and Tagalog. In this post-Soviet period, marked by a deep regression of proletarian consciousness, we continue to be guided by Trotsky's statement that "the task of the vanguard is above all not to let itself be carried along by the backward flow; it must swim against the current." Reforge the Fourth International, world party of socialist revolution!