By Worker Wire Services.
Within the international Communist Movement, there is this disturbing trend within the camp that sides with the imperialist forces such as NATO, the E.U., the U.S. State Department, and the CIA. This bloc will tell you that they are anti-imperialist. They will say they oppose both Western and Eastern imperialism, but this is incorrect. Since the counterrevolution in the Soviet Union in 1991, there has been a unipolar power imbalance in the world.
Since then, the U.S. empire took its seat at the throne and has been dictating its neoliberal policy upon the subordinate world. The U.S. calls this a “rules-based” order, in contrast to international law. The rules-based order assigns U.S. finance capital as the arbiter of global decision making. Consider the following example: on February 23, 2022, U.S. President Biden condemned Russia’s Special Military Operation (SMO) in Ukraine. The US state condemned the SMO as being a direct violation against a sovereign nation. However, the next day, February 24th, the US carried out airstrikes against Al-Shabaab in Somalia. While Al-Shabaab is an Al Qaeda offshoot in Somalia, the justification for the continued US involvement in Somalia was based on the Authorization for Use of Military Force of 2001. This Congressional Resolution was adopted in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks. It was the AUMF that was used to justify the 21 years of endless war in Afghanistan and Iraq, and later in Syria, Libya, and many other countries in the Middle East and Africa. The Authorization for Use of Military Force of 2001 allows the US to decide to go to war on the pretext of anti-terror.
When has the US War on Terror ever stopped terrorism? The answer is never. This is because the US military industrial complex does not desire to end terrorism. American private military contractors profit immensely from war. Since 2001, the US has spent nearly $12 trillion on military spending, the majority of which goes to private military contractor stakeholders, at U.S. taxpayer expense. In short, the U.S. imperialists love war and do not wish to stabilize their targets. If they did, those trillions of tax dollars would go towards education, healthcare, infrastructure and other social programs which would eliminate the conditions for the terrorism in the first place. At this point, it is quite obvious that the US and only the US dictates its will upon the world.
A new bloc led by Russia and China, which former U.S. President George W. Bush dubbed the “Axis of Evil”, has been working to actively defy the US claim to the world throne. With the understanding that the US holds dominion over the world and that these countries seek to end that dominion, it should be obvious that critical support for the opposition to imperialism is a must in the Communist Movement.
However, this position seems to be rejected by certain groups within the Movement, such as the Communist Party of the USA (CPUSA) and the Greek Communist Party(KKE). These parties take an ultra-left position where they believe it is beneath them to critically support the bourgeois governments in their fight against US hegemony. Here lies the irony of “opposing both sides of imperialism”: the US already is in the seat of power. The US, being controlled by the minority capitalist class, bases its power in the disunity of its opposition. So when the ultra-left say they oppose both sides, in reality they are trying to save face while objectively splitting up the opposition to the sole holder of world dominion.