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Capitalism’s Conspiracy of Terror

By Bonnie Weinstein

Fight Back

Fightback!:
A Collection of Socialist Essays

by Sylvia Weinstein


The terror of war is the modus operandi of U.S. capitalism, and has been from the very beginning. When the first white man set foot upon this continent he did so not only as the representative of European imperialism—England, France and Spain—but armed with weapons of mass murder far more advanced than the hunting implements used by the indigenous peoples who inhabited this land for millennia.

The onslaught by these imperialists was relentless. Every means of slaughter was used to steal this land including biological warfare—small pox tainted blankets—and the massive slaughter of game that the indigenous people depended upon for survival. Bounties were paid to settlers for the scalps of indigenous men, women and children who were in the way of these conquering marauders. Soon after, the Black slaves of Africa were brought over to further enrich the colonial conquerors and establish their dominance on this continent. This is how the United States was born.

Throughout its history, from its very inception, the U.S. government has carried out mass violence against indigenous inhabitants, slaves, and the working class. Every war, every battle, every invasion, every massacre carried out by this country was waged against the innocent while the commanders of capital and their generals sit in safety and fill their coffers with wealth beyond reason.

This is the way of war. It is not natural. It’s not human nature. It is the nature of capitalist imperialism because war and the sale of weapons of mass destruction are a source of great profit. And it is waged at the expense not only of the masses who are attacked but also those who are the cannon fodder for their imperialist armies.

War is a vehicle of terror and oppression. It never brings peace, only unending war. The sum of all the wars in the history of humanity has come to what we are witnessing today—a world in chaos.

We have come to the end of the line. The commanders of capital are waging a worldwide war against humanity and each other with the aim of keeping the U.S. on top. But even with the most powerful arsenal, their wars are not being won; they are just killing more and more of the innocent and devastating the planet.

War crimes are inevitable because war, in and of itself, is a crime. The capitalist class will do whatever they think will work to put themselves on top. They have poisoned, they have napalmed, they have used nuclear weapons, and they have carried out clandestine operations to make themselves appear to be the victims.

Bloody massacres have never stopped them because it is not their blood that is shed—it’s our blood—the blood of the working class that is shed.

What the Iraq war has brought

In an April 17, 2018 article in the New York Times by Margaret Coker and Falih Hassan titled, “A Ten-Minute Trial, a Death Sentence: Iraqi Justice for ISIS Suspects,”

“The 42-year-old housewife had two minutes to defend herself against charges of supporting the Islamic State. Amina Hassan, a Turkish woman in a flowing black abaya, told the Iraqi judge that she and her family had entered Syria and Iraq illegally and lived in the Islamic State’s so-called caliphate for more than two years. But, she added: ‘I never took money from Islamic State. I brought my own money from Turkey.’ The whole trial lasted ten minutes before the judge sentenced her to death by hanging. Another accused Turkish woman entered the courtroom. Then another, and another. Within two hours, 14 women had been tried, convicted and sentenced to die.”

This is the glorious victory the U.S. war on Iraq has brought. Our government is rooted in the blood of the innocent. History will NOT absolve them! We can’t trust a word they say. They lie, cheat, murder and steal with abandon. They routinely carry out mass murder, torture, deceit and terror. It’s how they rule. World domination is their only goal.

In another article in the New York Times by Gardiner Harris dated April 19, 2018 titled, “Trump Administration Seeks to Expand Sales of Armed Drones,” the article states,

“The biggest change announced on Thursday involves the sale of larger armed drones like the Predator and the Reaper, which have been the workhorses of the fight against insurgents in Afghanistan and the tribal regions of Pakistan…Under the old policy, only Britain, France and Italy were approved to purchase armed drones…As more countries are approved, ‘the risk is that countries may be more willing to use military force when they can do so without risking their own people’…The Obama administration was also enthusiastic about foreign weapons sales, which soared during its tenure. Direct weapons sales declined in the first year of the Trump administration from the year before and are now roughly half the level seen in 2011, the first full year of the Arab Spring.”

War is big business for the U.S. They will sell weapons to their allies who will wage war against their own people while the U.S. capitalists make more money and more weapons of mass destruction to sell. It has nothing to do with justice, freedom or democracy, which was what the Arab Spring was about. The goal of these wars is to bomb countries back into the dark ages. This allows the U.S. to make natural resources, such as oil, freely available for exploitation by U.S. corporations without fear of retaliation.

They must be stopped!

Humanity’s history of cooperation

Humanity has not always waged war. War is relatively new to human history. Humans have roamed the Earth for three million years. Relics of war are only about 6,000 years old. So for two-million-nine-hundred-and-ninety-four-thousand-years people lived in peace and cooperation with one another. That is how language developed, trade roots were established and humanity flourished. Cooperation is essential to the development of humanity. War is the road to human annihilation.

What we have to come to terms with is that these wars will continue until we, the working class and all of our allies finally bring an end to the capitalist system so that no one ever profits from war again.

It is essential that we bring an end to this violence and terror that permeates every aspect of our society. It is essential to all life on the planet that we bury these weapons of mass destruction and tear down the borders between us. War is the antithesis of humanity. Humanity depends upon cooperation, sharing, peace, justice and equality. That is what we do best and have done for millennia. We must end capitalism to end war. We must end capitalism to survive into the future. We must end capitalism to bring peace on earth. That is what a socialist revolution is all about.