Heroin in the 70’s. Crack in the 80’s. U.S. Govt Created Chemical Warfare!
If history is our best teacher then it is feasible to say that the U.S. government and its lackeys among the so-called “rebels”, “Free Syrian Army” and “Al-Nusra” are the ones responsible for the usage of chemical weapons against the people of Syria. This history is, in part, revealed by the U.S. government’s chemical warfare waged against the African population in this country. The presence of heroin in the African community in the 1970’s and crack cocaine in the 80’s were evidence of such chemical warfare.
It is very significant that John Kerry, the same one who was among the most vocal critics of the first Bush regime for its involvement in the drug trade is now one of the most vocal proponents of the U.S. government’s invasion of Syria under the pretense of stopping “chemical warfare”. This is significant because in the late 1980’s John Kerry led a U.S. senate funded special task force to find out the U.S. government and its officials role in the presence of drugs in the U.S. The outcome of that investigation is compiled in a document known as the Kerry Committee report.
According to wikipedia:
“The Kerry Committee report were hearings chaired by Senator John Kerry which found the United States Department of State had paid drug traffickers. Some of these payments were after the traffickers had been indicted by federal law enforcement agencies on drug charges or while traffickers were under active investigation by these same agencies. The Kerry investigation lasted two and a half years and heard scores of witnesses; its report was released on April 13, 1989. The final report was 400 pages, with an additional 600 page appendix. The committee stated “It is clear that individuals who provided support for the Contras were involved in drug trafficking…and elements of the Contras themselves knowingly received financial and material assistance from drug traffickers.”
This is more glaring evidence of the depths of opportunism that U.S. imperialism will stoop to in order to save its own hide. How could John Kerry and the U.S. senate indict the CIA and U.S. government officials for participating in the drug trade in 1989 only to turn around and accuse another government of chemical warfare, an accusation for which it has no evidence?
The presence of heroin and crack in the African community are just two examples of the counter-insurgent chemical and biological warfare the U.S. government has been waging against the African community since its military defeat of the Black Power Revolution of the 1960’s. Since that period there has been an intensification of such warfare being waged against Africans through the education as well as the healthcare system. In fact this warfare was so intense that it was necessary for the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement (INPDUM) to address it in its founding version of the Revolutionary National Democratic Program.
“We believe that the current state of health care in the African community is genocidal. We believe that the high infant mortality rate, famine, diseases from infested waters in many African countries, the curable diseases which African people suffer and die from, AIDS, tuberculosis, asthma, lead poisoning, toxic waste dumps, environmental pollution, Norplant, and the fact that the life expectancy for African people is significantly lower than that of white people, are all evidence of the U.S. and other colonial government’s genocide and chemical and biological warfare against African people colonized within all its borders. We demand reparations from the U.S., Europe and all other colonial governments for this genocide so that the African community can have control over its healthcare facilities, meeting their own particular needs and preventing disease. As it is, healthcare is only another big business benefiting white power throughout the world, and preventative medicine is not in the interest of the medical industry. We demand Reparations to develop African community control of healthcare which puts the power of health into the hands of African workers themselves.” (Point #4 of founding RNDP, written in 1991)
War on Drugs/Chemical Weapons a Justification for Colonial Occupation
It is clear that it is in the interests of U.S. imperialism to instigate a direct armed confrontation with al-Assad and his forces who serve as one of the key obstacles in the way of U.S. domination over that region. This is not unlike the manner in which the oppressed and exploited African community was viciously attacked by the U.S. government through a campaign of counterinsurgency waged against the Black Power Revolution of the 1960’s. The reality is that the African Liberation Movement was defeated in the U.S. only because of the military might of the U.S. government. Struggles like that which Syria is waging right now serve to undermine the ability of U.S. imperialism to attack African people anywhere else on the planet.
Moreover, we must be clear that the chemical weapons industry and the drug economy are both part of the U.S. counterinsurgency, or war to crush the resistance, being waged against African people and Arab people. The effects of this counterinsurgency have impacted the African community in a devastating way. For example stop and frisk and impact zones are counter-insurgent policies of the NYPD that are justified to this day through their prevention of drug activity. The only way to effectively resist and defeat this war is to expose it and build a mass movement for power and victory to the oppressed nations that are victims of such colonial assaults.
Even if the Syrian government wields chemical weapons, U.S. imperialism has no right or capability to intervene and impose its bourgeois moral double standards on the Syrian government and people. If anything it is the U.S. government that must take responsibility for the presence of chemical weapons in Syria, as it was the U.S. government that has wreaked havoc throughout the Middle East for at least the last 100 years, creating conditions for all types of instability for the masses of people in the pursuit of petroleum wealth and absolute political authority. So-called despots, dictatorships and other forms of neo-colonial predators of the mass are all products of imperialism itself.
Likewise, even while drugs exist in the African community, we recognize that their presence is a consequence of the orchestrated actions of U.S. imperialism. There is a long time saying in the African community, that “we don’t own no boats or no planes to bring the drugs in.” The African Peoples Socialist Party took the offensive on the same question when it loudly declared “the white house is the rock house, and uncle sam is the pusher man!” If anything it is U.S. imperialism that should not only be indicted, but put on trial in a tribunal led by the oppressed peoples ourselves through which the consequence of all the offenses it has ever committed would be determined. The oppressed ourselves must gain power.
As revolutionaries and internationalists we must stand in defense of Syria and call for its victory in the struggle to throw the yoke of imperialism off its back! We must expose the U.S. government as the true purveyor of chemical warfare on the planet earth. We must demand the immediate withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Syria, the Middles East, Africa and all oppressed nations.
The highest expression of our will to resist the imperialist wars of aggression being waged against African, Syrian and all oppressed peoples. The International Peoples Democratic Uhuru Movement is the revolutionary mass organization of the African Socialist International (ASI). The ASI is committed to the complete and total liberation and socialist unification of Africans and recognizes such a struggle to be a strategic component of the worldwide socialist revolution.
All African patriots and allies must join INPDUM.
All African socialists and revolutionaries must join the ASI.
Stand in righteous defense of the people of Syria and against imperialism in all its forms!