[Marxism] (APISC - Stan Goff) Worldwide campaign against US bases proposed
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Wed Apr 6 12:08:15 MDT 2005
Worldwide campaign against US bases proposed
by Stan Goff (via Ned) 6:15pm Tue Apr 5 '05
At the Asia Pacific International Solidarity Conference in Sydney, Australia last month, I met with people from 21 different countries around the world. We agreed on further integration, coordination, and expansion of an international struggle against these bases by activists in the "host-nations" to further undercut US power over the rest of the world makes strategic sense.
Getting in touch - worldwide campaign against US military bases
Filed under: General, Imperialism, Military, Gender, Ecology & Env Justice, Repression & Resistance - Stan @ 7:52 pm
At the Asia Pacific International Solidarity Conference in Sydney, Australia last month, I met with people from 21 different countries around the world. There is general agreement among this overwhelmingly socialist gathering that (1) American imperialism in its present form is the most destructive determinative system in the world today, (2) that the US could not retain its current con trol over that system without the threat or exercise of globally projected military power, (3) that the US is undergoing a military crisis in Iraq that has temporarily undermined its capacity to intervene militarily in other regions, at least if that intervention requires the deployment of signficant ground forces, and (4) that the further integration, coordination, and expansion of an international struggle against these bases by activists in the "host-nations" to further undercut US power over the rest of the world makes strategic sense.
A great deal has already been written by a formidable list of analysts and commentators about this crisis, so I won't waste the space here regurgitating it. I will simply say that I agree with it for the most part. But there are two other aspects of such a campaign that are equally intriguing.
First, this type of campaign has the capacity to mobilize a number of consituencies. Anti-imperialists are only the most obvious. But as the experience of those countries where campaigns have succeeded shows, military bases distort and interfere with local economies, create sexual exploitation zones for poor women, damage the local environment, and put on display American impunity under status-of-forces agreemens (SOFA) that immunize US troops from local laws.
Secondly - and this is related to the first point - the coalition work that develops around this kind of campaign could create a hothouse for political consciousness, including the demand for meaningful national sovereignty. It's a short step for participants from opposing the base to questioning the policies of their central bank, their external debt, and their own comprador bougeoisie. So there is also a great potential for strengthening and-or regrouping the left, and doing so in a way that brings class struggle, the struggle for women's soical emancipation, and the fight for environmental justice together.
Off the top of my head, I can think of Diego Garcia (Marutius), Okinawa (Japan), Grafenwoehr and Ramstein in Germany, Incirlik in Turkey, Rota in Spain, Sasebo and Misawa and Yokota in Japan, Guantanamo in Cuba, Roosevelt Roads in Puerto Rico, the naval base in Guam, Souda Bay in Greece, Sotocano in Honduras, the new base in Ecuador, Comalpa in El Salvador, Tres Esquinas in Colombia, Taszar in Hungary, Lajes Field in Portugal, Aviano and Naples and Sigonella in Italy, Osan and all the others in Korea, bases in Aruba, Curacao, and Aruba, bases in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, bases all over UK - this goes on and on.
The key, it seems, would be to put increasing pressure on the national governments that continue to acquiesce to these bases (Cuba is an exceptional case). That's what worked in the Philippines and Vieques.
There is a listserv dedicated to this conversation at http://lists.riseup.net/www/info/nousbases, and there is also the International League for People's Struggle campaign, "Yankee, Go Home!" at http://www.ilps-news.com/central-info-bureau/events/yankee-go-home/communique/.
Global Women's Strike, the international network inspired by Selma James, seems a likely candidate for such contact, and their web site is at http://www.globalwomenstrike.net/.
The Military Toxics Project is at http://www.miltoxproj.org/.
I feel confident that others will have more ideas and contacts.
It would be interesting to envision a collaborative international conference starting in a year and meeting every two years to act as a movement accelerant.
Feel free to use the comments section here it that makes sense to brainstorm this.
More on APISC 2005 and Stan Goff and his BringThemHomeNow.org campaign via http://www.APSC.net.au/ and http://www.greenleft.org.au/back/2005/621/
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