Down with the North Atlantic Terrorist Organisation!
By the Information Bureau of the Revolutionary Internationalist
NATO's attacks against Yugoslavia once more showed what the people
of the world have been experiencing throughout the 20th century: the
imperialists can only rule the world by means of gangsterism. Clothed
in their business suits, they consume human flesh to accumulate wealth.
In their military khakis, they wipe out tens of thousands of people
with their arsenals of death and destruction. When not waging open
wars, the imperialists protect their bloody rule by waging hidden
wars and other kinds of armed suppression against the people in their
semi-colonial countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa and even
against the populations of their own countries, using secret police,
anti-riot police, international police - in short, every type of police.
It is clear that the biggest terrorists in the world are none other
than the imperialist powers themselves. For decades the Western imperialist
powers used NATO as a vehicle for preparing for world war against
their social-imperialist rivals in the Soviet Union.1 Now after the
fall of the East bloc, they are using this massive military machine
to bolster their dominant position in the world. First it was Iraq
that was turned into a graveyard of civilians and children. And now
Yugoslavia. These reactionary wars serve many purposes for the imperialists,
not least of all to remind the people of the world that these gangsters
will resort to any kind of savagery in order to maintain their world
order (this time called a "new world order"), and also to
convey the message that the people have no choice but to lay down
before them. But the people cannot and must not accept this hideous
For the people the world over, it is necessary to begin to draw some
conclusions: as Mao Tsetung said, the imperialists will never put
down their butcher knives. Any illusions that those whose hands are
dripping in blood will ever do anything good for the people must be
cast aside. The duty of the class-conscious proletarians and progressive
strata of the people in the NATO countries is to oppose and resist
The Serbian rulers, Milosevic & Co., are fascist butchers themselves.
Their regime is based upon the brutal oppression of national minorities
within the country's boundaries. But haven't the British imperialists
followed the same policy for hundreds of years in Ireland? Didn't
the US kill millions in Indochina? And inside the US itself, will
NATO protect Blacks and immigrants from being murdered in record numbers
by US cops? Aren't Turks whose backs built so much of post-war Germany
being burned in their sleep by fascist thugs in Germany? Isn't the
treatment of the so-called Arab problem on the streets of Paris often
reminiscent of ethnic cleansing? So what is it that makes these NATO
regimes any better than the Yugoslav one? Nothing! Who would want
to rely on these NATO powers to be protected? Only the ignorant! Any
oppressed people is perfectly able to free itself from oppression.
Indeed, relying on international gangster powers will only bring about
These gangsters claim the purpose of their war is to stop Serbia's
rulers from butchering the Kosovars. But we should not forget the
hypocritical lies the US and its pack have used to justify the bleeding
of Iraq. They claim the imperialist-imposed starvation is to protect
the rights of the Kurdish people. Yet at the same time Turkey's US-trained
NATO army, which has waged a bloody war against the Kurdish people
there for years, has once again been unleashed against them. The latest
chapter of "protecting Kurds" was kidnapping the Kurdish
leader Abdullah Ocalan and delivering him to Turkey's torturers.
There can be no doubt that any genuine revolutionary movement in the
Balkans must strenuously oppose the reactionary chauvinism of the
Milosevics. Only by vigorously opposing all forms of national oppression
and assuring the right of self-determination will it be possible to
unite the proletariat and peoples of Yugoslavia and all the Balkans
against their real enemies - capitalism, imperialism and all reaction.
To think that the world's biggest reactionaries will bring any progress
or light to this corner of the world scarred by generations of imperialist
rivalry is worse than an illusion.
It is high time the US and Western European "civilisers"
were soundly rebuffed. Rise up against this sickening hypocrisy! NATO
has always been a tool for oppression. And the biggest promoters of
reactionary nationalism are not petty tyrants like Milosevic, but
the US, Britain, Germany, France and Russia. It is they who hold the
whole world hostage to their national interests. The proletarians
and people in these countries must rise up against these reactionary
imperialist national interests. Remember the historic struggles waged
by the masses in France against the Algerian war and in the US against
the Vietnam war, and the bold struggles of the youth in Germany in
the mid-1980s against NATO's nuclear missiles, and many others. This
glorious legacy must be proudly reclaimed and its lessons learned.
The internationalist spirit of opposing the military adventures of
one's own bourgeoisie must be consciously upheld, practised
and raised to a whole new level.
Oppose all NATO aggression in Yugoslavia, Iraq or elsewhere, no
matter what the pretext!
Down with the "New World Order"!
1 Originally the statement said that the Western imperialist powers
"created NATO as a vehicle for waging world war against their
social-imperialist rivals in the Soviet Union". As some comrades
have pointed out, NATO was in fact first created as an alliance against
the then-socialist Soviet Union, before it was captured by a new bourgeoisie
and transformed into an imperialist power.