March 21, 2011

This is not a war for democracy—
Stop the criminal bombing of Libya!

Emergency demonstrations across the country

Click here for details about demonstrations

By Brian Becker
National Coordinator, ANSWER Coalition

March 19, 2011 anti-war demonstration in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C., March 19.
Photo: Bill Hackwell

Rubble at the site of the main govt building in Tripoli, 03-
Rubble at the site of the main government building in Tripoli
following an airstrike by foreign forces.

The same global powers that used the force of arms to colonize Africa, suction out its natural resources and enslave millions of its people are now raining bombs and missiles down on the continent’s largest oil producer.

A great irony in the vicious and yet cowardly attack on Libya is that the same exploiters and enslavers of Africa explain their most recent act of mass violence as motivated by a tender concern for democracy and freedom for Libyans.

On Libya’s eastern border is Egypt, where the U.S. government financed, armed and cheered on the Mubarak dictatorship until the very last days of the tyrant’s hold on power. Even during the people's uprising at Tahrir Square and elsewhere, the spigot of U.S. “foreign aid” kept flowing to Mubarak. After Israel, Egypt’s torturers were the second-largest recipient of this “aid.”

The U.S. government is at war again. How could they get away with launching another war when they tell us the country is so broke that vital public services must be slashed and public workers must be fired in massive numbers? In just the first days on the war, they have spent hundreds of millions of dollars launching cruise missiles, dropping bombs, flying fighter jets, and maneuvering battleships and aircraft carriers.

The people of the United States are opposed to the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and would openly oppose a third U.S. war in a Muslim country. So President Obama, Secretary of State Clinton and Secretary of Defense Gates are going out of the way to assure the country that all the bleeding will be exclusively from Libyans.

When U.S./NATO forces destroyed Serbia and broke up Yugoslavia in the 1999 aerial war, they dropped 23,000 bombs and missiles on Yugoslavs and not one U.S. soldier died.

As they did in the 19th century, the colonialists—who have now morphed into modern-day imperialists—bribed or coerced some indigenous elites to function as their partners and clients. Today, the so-called Arab League provided some early cover to mask the imperialist character of the operation.

As U.S. planes drop terror bombs in the center of Tripoli, CIA-operated drone aircrafts are carrying out missile attacks on villages in Pakistan, and Pentagon forces are bombing the people of Afghanistan. Tens of thousands of U.S. troops still occupy Iraq after a war that took 1 million Iraqi lives.

The dominant force practicing terrorism in the world today is the U.S. government, the Pentagon and the CIA.

Washington's goal in Libya is to have the U.S.-backed rebel leadership of Libya's civil war take power in all of Libya or, as an alternative, to become a new governing power in the oil-rich eastern part of the country.

The cheerleaders for this "democracy movement" went from right-wing Republicans to some liberal Democrats. It is a repeat of the political alignment that led to the first Iraq war in 1991 and the Yugoslav war in 1999. In this case too, they were joined by some in the U.S. anti-war movement, including some self-described "socialists," desiring to show their "democratic" credentials and wanting to accommodate to liberal mainstream public opinion. By their cheerleading for a rebellion whose leaders demanded foreign intervention, and focusing all their fire on the Libyan government, they only contributed to confusion in the weeks leading up to the onslaught against Libya. They are embarrassed about their position now that the imperial carnage is clear for all to see.

The United States needs a real anti-imperialist movement—a movement that can resist the lies and demonization schemes that the corporate media churns out to justify military aggression. That’s why the ANSWER Coalition is mobilizing a movement in the streets that extends a hand of solidarity to the people of Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine who have both suffered and resisted the terrorism of the greatest war machine in human history. Please join us in the streets in coming days in demonstrations across the country.

For analysis and information on U.S. strategy toward Libya, read the articles below:

After Libya declares ceasefire, U.S. government lays bare its imperialist ambitions

U.S. progressives must tell truth about Libya and impact of foreign intervention

Emergency demonstrations to say
“Stop the bombing of Libya”

Demonstrations will take place across the country between Wednesday, March 23 and Saturday, March 26. Please see below for details.  If you are planning an action in your city, click here to submit your information.

Washington, D.C.
Saturday, March 26
12 noon
White House (Pennsylvania Ave.)
Contact: 202-265-1948, [email protected]

Los Angeles, California
Thursday, March 24
5 p.m.
Westwood Federal Building
11000 Wilshire Blvd.
Contact: 213-251-1025, [email protected]

San Francisco, California
Wednesday, March 23
5 p.m.
New Federal Building
7th and Mission Sts.
Contact: 415-821-6545, [email protected]

New Haven, Connecticut
Saturday, March 26
11 am p.m.
141 Church St.
Contact: 203-903-4480, [email protected]

Naples, Florida
Friday, March 25
4:30pm to 5:30pm
Corner of 41 and Pine Ridge Rd.
Sponsored by Veterans for Peace

Chicago, Illinois
Thursday, March 24
5 p.m.
Federal Plaza (corner of Dearborn and Adams)
Contact: 773-463-0311, [email protected]

Baltimore, Maryland
Thursday, March 24
5 p.m.
McKeldin Square (SE corner of Light St. and E. Pratt St., by the flag pole nearby the Inner Harbor)
Contact: 443-759-9968, [email protected]

Boston, Massachusetts
Saturday, March 26
1 p.m.
Park St. Station (Park St. and Tremont St.)
MBTA: Red or Green lines to Park St., Orange line to Downtown Crossing
Contact: 857-334-5084, [email protected]

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Friday, March 25
4:30 PM
Mayday Plaza - Cedar Ave. and 3rd Street South
Sponsored by Anti-War Committee, Emergency Committee to Stop U.S. War in Libya, Mayday Bookstore, Students for a Democratic Society (U of M), Twin Cities Peace Campaign, Women Against Military Madness.
Contact: 612 827-5364, [email protected]

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Saturday, March 26
New time: 11am - 1pm
UNM Bookstore
Contact: 505-268-2488, [email protected]

New York City, New York
Wednesday, March 23
5 p.m.
Times Square (in front of the recruiting center)
Contact: 212-694-8720, [email protected]

Cleveland, Ohio
Friday, March 25
Federal Bldg, Lakeside and E. 9th, 4pm march to public square
Sponsored by the All-African People's Revolutionary Party
Contact: Zizwe: 216-269-9850  Don: 440-623-0492

Greenville, South Carolina
Wednesday, March 23
5 p.m.
Federal Building, Washington & Church Sts.
Sponsored by Malcolm X Center for Self Determination
Contact: 864-242-3039

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Saturday, March 26
10 am
Rt. 278 & Beach City Rd.
Sponsored by Hilton Head for Peace
Contact: 843-681-4010

Austin, Texas
Wednesday, March 23
6 p.m.
6th and Lamar
Contact: 512-577-4749, [email protected]

Seattle, Washington
Saturday, March 26
2 p.m.
Westlake Park (4th and Pine)
Contact: 206-568-1661, [email protected]

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
March 24, 2011
11:50 to 1 p.m.
16th St. & Wisconsin Ave.
Sponsored by Casa Maria Catholic Worker Community
Contact: Don Timmerman 414-342-0158


El Salvador
Wednesday, March 23
Sponsored by Comunidades de Fe y Vida= COFEVI de El Salvador, Coordinadora Nacional Monseñor Romero, Movimiento Popular y Social de El Salvador
Contact: Rev. Ricardo Cornejo - 503-7614-5031

Vancouver, BC, Canada - New Event
Saturday, March 26
2 PM
Vancouver Art Gallery (Georgia St. side)
Sponsored by Mobilization Against War & Occupation (MAWO)
Contact: - [email protected] - 604.322.1764 | F 604.322.1763

Vancouver, Canada
Tuesday, March 22
U.S. Consulate
1075 W.Pender Street
Sponsored by Mobilization Against War & Occupation
Contact: 604-322-1764, [email protected]

If you are planning an action in your city, click here to submit your information.

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