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Workers Vanguard No. 1110

21 April 2017
The closing date for news in this issue is 18 April.

Workers Vanguard

Democrats Rally Behind Trump

Defend North Korea! U.S. Out of Syria!

The U.S. imperialist rulers are on the warpath. On April 6, the Trump administration launched 59 Tomahawk missiles at Al Shayrat air base in Syria, directly targeting the regime of Bashar al-Assad. The attack served as a warning to Putin’s Russia that the U.S. is top dog in the Near East. Launched while Trump was dining with Chinese president Xi Jinping, the attack was also a signal to China that its leadership must back the U.S. against North Korea. Within days, the White House announced that the aircraft carrier strike group led by the USS Carl Vinson was being redirected to the Korean Peninsula, where Japanese warships are scheduled to join it in a display of naked imperialist aggression. Then on April 13, in anticipation of a North Korean missile test, the U.S. dropped a 22,000-pound Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb—the world’s most powerful non-nuclear bomb—on Afghanistan.

The North Korean nuclear nightmare conjured up by the U.S. government and parroted by the capitalist media serves to obscure the biggest danger to the world’s masses: U.S. imperialism. Not only is the U.S. the only country to have ever used atomic weapons, incinerating 200,000 Japanese civilians in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, but it also came close to using nuclear weapons several times in the 1950-53 Korean War. In that war, some three million people were slaughtered, the peninsula was devastated and North Korea’s capital Pyongyang was flattened by the imperialists.

Like China, North Korea is a bureaucratically deformed workers state where capitalist rule was overthrown. The aim of the imperialists is to restore capitalist rule. Speaking in South Korea on April 17, Vice President Mike Pence threatened a military strike on North Korea, declaring, “All options are on the table.” In a gibe against Obama, he also reiterated Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s line that “the era of strategic patience is over.”

That era never existed. Whether under Republicans or Democrats, U.S. imperialism’s sole policy toward North Korea has always been to foster counterrevolution on the road to overturning the 1949 Chinese Revolution. Trump’s bellicosity, and his unpredictability, raise the prospect of nuclear Armageddon in the Far East. But his predecessor, Obama, also threatened to attack the North, including with nukes, having several times sent B-2 bombers over the peninsula. The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system that the Trump administration provocatively began installing in South Korea last month had been in the works for months, going back to the Obama presidency. (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, Korean 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!