Forwarded from Nestor (Berube)
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Tue Sep 17 09:17:21 MDT 2002
Chuck Grimes (quoted by Louis Pr), sayeth to Prof. Berube:
"To be anti-war in the US context is to be anti-imperialist, because all US
wars are imperialist. Ever since the middle of WWII, the US
has pursued nothing but imperialist wars, in which the closing chapters of
WWII set the stage in Asia and Western Europe."
Grimes is a mild person, indeed. Let us forget the criminal war waged
against the First Nations and mixed Mexican-Indian cultures (do you think
that Gerónimo is an originally American Indian name?). Let us also forget
the war on Mexico or the interventions and aggressive invasions to Central
America and the Caribbean (which date back even before the American Civil
War; for example William Walker, in the name of the United States, invaded
Nicaragua and established slavery there!). Let us forget all the beautiful
and great deeds of the Ravaging Eagle in the far past.
Let us stick with the classical definition of imperialism, such as
described by Hobson and thematized by Lenin. The United States of America
is an imperialist nation since, at least, the early 1890s. Thus, whatever
the United States of America does in the field of international policies is
international imperialist policies. So that the undisputable starting point
is _not_ World War II, nor its preparatory years (when the USA forced
embargo after embargo on Japan until the Japanese bourgeoisie had to become
a sworn enemy of the USA!). The starting point is the "splendid little war"
of Teddy Roosevelt, that move whereby the USA established their grip on
Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. 1898 at the very least. From that
year on, the United States of America is an imperialist nation and even the
eventual "good will" missions by the United States will imply death and
destruction on whoever accepts those missions as honest gestures of kindness.
The hard fact is that the United States of America cannot but kill, maim
and harass foreign populations. Because that abstraction, "the United
States of America" is, in fact, the armed branch of the American
bourgeoisie. And the American bourgeoisie has important overseas interests,
as great as (and maybe far greater than) their domestic interests. The
American State is designed in such a way as to foster and protect those
interests, be it at home or abroad. And, of course, this protection must be
given _especially_ when the mobs, either at home or abroad, contest those
interests. Thus "humanitarian interventions". Humanitarian!
This is what serious people define as imperialism, Prof. Berube. Failure to
acknowledge this implies failure to understand why the very mention of the
name of the United States of America spells hatred and derision the world
over, professor Berube.
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