It’s widely accepted these days that the Vietnam War was lost, not Asia, but in the USA.
The huge anti War demos of the time gave the leftists and defeatists in the US government the “mandate” they needed to gift Vietnam to the communist forces.
The demos were of course organised by the Communist Party USA, the Socialist Workers Party and other allies of the North Vietnamese.
The US left has been using the same tactics with the Iraq War. Mass mobilisations in order to give their allies in the US Congress and Senate the “excuse” they need to close down the war effort.
This Saturday, the 27th of January, the US far left have organised what they hope will be the largest rally of the war.
From the Communist Party USA’s Political Affairs
MASSIVE ANTI-WAR MARCH PLANNED FOR JAN. 27 IN D.C.;
PROTESTERS WILL URGE CONGRESS TO STAND UP TO BUSH
Peace March Expected to be Among Largest Since War Began
MoveOn.org, National Organization for Women, Labor Unions Mobilize Members
Buses and vans coming from 30 states and 111 Cities
Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Jr., Members of Congress, Military Families, and Soldiers to Speak
Americans angered by Bush’s plans to escalate the Iraq war will flood the streets of Washington on Saturday, January 27, in a massive national peace march organized by United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ). Marchers will call on Congress to listen to the voters, not Bush, by using its power to end Bush’s war and bring the troops home. The last three national marches organized by UFPJ each attracted between 300,000 and 500,000 people.
MoveOn.org has called upon its 3.2 million members to join UFPJ, describing the march as potentially a “turning point for the war” comparable to how “Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington in 1963 was a turning point in the fight for equality and civil rights.” The National Organization for Women (N.O.W.) is mobilizing its chapters to participate. Local antiwar groups in cities and towns across the nation are mobilizing.
What is United for Peace and Justice?
According to UFPJ’s website;
With more than 1,400 member groups under its umbrella, United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ) is the nation’s largest grassroots peace and justice coalition. Since its founding in October 2002, UFPJ has spurred hundreds of protests and rallies around the country, including the two largest marches against the Iraq war.
Members of UFPJ include;
Black Radical Congress-founded by the Communist Party USA
Committees of Correspondence for Democracy & Socialism -breakaway from Communist Party USA
Communist Party USA
Democratic Socialists of America-Marxist, works with Communist Party USA
Freedom Road Socialist Organization -Maoist
Freedom Socialist Party
Green Party of the United States
Institute for Policy Studies -founded by and linked to Communist Party USA
International Socialist Organization -Trotskyist
League of Revolutionaries for a New America
National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression– Communist Party USA front
Lawyers Guild -founded by Communist Party USA
National Network on Cuba
National Youth & Student Peace Coalition-led by Communist Party USA member
Progressive Democrats of America -works with Communist Party USA
Socialist Party USA -Marxist
US Peace Council -Communist Party USA front
Veterans For Peace -Communist Party USA aligned, probable front
Young Communist League -Communist Party USA youth wing
Young Democratic Socialists of America-radical socialist
Z Magazine and ZNET-radical socialist
Is there a pattern here?
Who leads United for Peace and Justice? The two main leaders of the organisation are;
Cagan is co-chair of United for Peace and Justice. She is also co-chair of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism-formed in 1992 as a breakaway group from the Communist Party USA.
Her CCDS bio, describes her thus;
From the Vietnam war to racism at home, from nuclear disarmament to lesbian/gay liberation, from fighting sexism to working against U.S. intervention. Leslie has put hundreds of thousands of people in the streets in many of the country’s largest mobilizations. Ending seven years as Director of the Cuba Information Project, Cagan coordinated the largest U.S. delegation to Cuba for the World Festival of Youth and Students in 1997.
This commission is charged with co-ordinating “peace” activity within the US and laising with foreign organisations. For example LeBlanc represented GFPJ at the Japanese Communist Party organised World Conference against A and H Bombs, in Nagasaki in August 2003.
Of course, like all communist parties, the CPUSA is not anti-war; it is anti “right wing” war. The war is being used to help bring about a change of government in the US. LeBlanc explicitly states this
in a report to the CPUSA’s National Committee of June 24th 2006.
This is worth reading in its entirety. It demonstrates just how much influence the Communist Party USA has on the “peace” movement and the US Democratic Party.
Here are some extracts;
I will discuss two points we, the Party and Left, need to address in the next months: 1) the need for an active, vibrant peace movement in the lead up to Election Day, and 2) Party District and Club initiatives to strengthen the impact of the peace movement in defeating the right in November.
After the past few weeks, the peace movement has a running start. We have political momentum to encourage both new and incumbent candidates to speak out against the war and challenge the rightwing Republicans.
The media spin has been that the Democrats are split on the war. The real story is that 85% of the Democrats in Congress voted for withdrawal and are in step with the majority public opinion. Eight months ago, two Democratic senators were for withdrawal; two months ago it was four. This past week 39 Democrats in the Senate voted for withdrawal and the need for non-military support for the reconstruction of Iraq.
The debate in the Congress and the shift among the Democrats is breathtaking. The peace movement is a movement that must make the links between the war policies and the domestic.
The peace movement is making progress in turning the politics of protest into a real political shift for ending the occupation.
As the Republicans make the defense of the war in Iraq the centerpiece of the midterm elections, the peace movement response must be targeted and vigorous. The highest priorities are helping elect Democratic and peace candidates….
Linking political action with building a vibrant movement is a critical contribution of the Communists and the left.
The movement is also critical to generating excitement on the streets for defeating the right. The main obstacle to empowering the peace majority is that over 50% of the people donÂt vote! Mass demonstrative actions and educational work can activate the stay-at-home-vote.
The movementÂs role is to respond to the daily stream of war mongering and new rationales for the occupation and to guard against new preemptive strikes against Iran, Venezuela, and Cuba or on the Korean peninsula.
The movementÂs efforts in the midterm elections are geared to defeating the Republicans in November and quickly moving into action with the new Congress. No Honeymoon. We need to help develop tactics that result in a more organized, stronger, broader movement post election.
As a result of protests and an emphasis on Congressional pressure campaigns in the years since the Presidential election, the movement has had a big impact on the political terrain of the midterm elections. Think about it. WeÂve shifted the position of the Democratic Party presidential candidate on the war. Kerry now believes that his vote in support of the war was the worst vote he has cast in his Senate career.
Now is not the time to sit out the elections, its time to step up! ThatÂs the spirit the Party must bring into the peace movement organizing.
The peace movement needs more Congresspeople like Kerry, Feingold, Boxer, Inouye and Menendez, who are willing to stand firm and fight for a deadline for withdrawal.
Either way, the peace movement must see itÂs main task between now and November is to shift the majority in Congress away from the Party of war. And then post election to exert the power of protest and congressional pressure campaigns to bring the troops home.
We are active in a cross-section of peace groups and local and national coalitions. Our contribution can be great.
First, Party peace activists discuss on District and Club levels a list of peace activists to meet with to discuss our outlook and assessment of the elections and ways to move peace groups into action. We are also doing this on the national level.
Although not all of our activists openly represent the Party in coalitions, it is still important to have these discussions with other activists.
The end objectives of our involvement in peace movement activity leading up to the midterm elections is:
1) To broaden the circle of people in the peace movement who are familiar with the Communist PartyÂs outlook on the elections and the need to defeat the ultra-right.
2) To deepen the understanding of the role of movements in political empowerment.
3) To strengthen basis for recruiting new Party members.
4) To energize the peace movement with tactics that move mass protest and majority opposition to the occupation into political action.
The Democratic Party and its candidates are only as strong politically and economically as the mass movements behind them. The greater participation of the Party and Left, the more effective the movements are, the more likely we can deliver a blow to the Right in November.
With our collective efforts in the targeted congressional races and our mobilizations in the streets and in the halls of Congress, the mid term elections can become a turning point in ending the occupation of Iraq.
Saturday’s march may not just be a turning point for the Iraq War, but may effect the outcome of the 2008 US presidential elections and the political direction of the entire West.
Who says the communists have no influence in the US anymore?