ILPS Commission 1 condemns US aggression on Iran

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Support for General Qassem Soleimani, top commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards-Quds Force (IRGC-QF), is nowhere best exemplified by this sea of humanity recorded during his funeral along with other victims in the drone attacks believed to have been implemented by the US. (Photo courtesy by CNN)

MANILA, Philippines — The International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS) Commission 1, on the cause of national and social liberation against imperialism and reaction, on Tuesday condemned in the strongest terms the long history of U.S. aggression towards Iran and this latest atrocity involving the brazen violation of Iraq sovereignty.

According to a statement of ILPs Commission 1, on January 2, 2020, the Pentagon confirmed that the drone strike at the Baghdad International Airport that killed nine Iranian and Iraqi officials was an implementation of U.S. President Donald Trump’s order to murder General Qassem Soleimani, top commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards-Quds Force (IRGC-QF).

Consistent with the imperialist policy of inflicting regional instability, Trump has also decided to send thousands of troops to West Asia (Middle East) and threatened to bomb Iran’s cultural sites.

West Asia occupies a particular importance in the US hegemonic project. Profitable and guaranteed access to West Asian oil entails political and military control of the region.

Iran, however, has been an obstacle to this U.S. imperialist quest since post World War II.

In 1953, the U.S. orchestrated a coup d’état that overthrew democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh.

He gained the ire of western oligarchs after his policy to nationalize the much sought-after Iranian oil industry. British imperialism imposed economic sanctions on Iran followed by Mossadegh’s ouster through covert operations by the US Central Intelligence Agency. After more than two decades, the Iranian Revolution in 1979 ousted the US-backed Shah of Iran, the last of the Persian monarchs.

Soleimani’s life history was shaped by the U.S. imperialist political and military strategy that spans the globe against which Iran had and continues to resolutely defend itself as a sovereign nation.  Born in 1957 to a humble background, Qassem Soleimani left school in his teens and became a construction worker.

He joined the military during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s. After his long and excellent military service, he was appointed as commander of the IRGC by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Soleimani is not the terrorist that the US depicts him to be. He is hailed in Iran and other Arab countries as a master strategist against known terrorist groups such as the Islamic State, Al Nusra and Al Qaeda.

Iran’s assertion of economic and political independence from US imperialism since 1979 also entailed a defensive military strategy strong enough to compel powerful nations to deal with Iran’s nuclear program.

On July 14, 2015, the Iran Nuclear Deal was signed between Iran and the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council— the United States of America, China, France, Russia, United Kingdom—plus Germany and the European Union.

The deal was for Iran to undertake a significant reduction and elimination of its stockpile of low to medium-enriched uranium within 15 years.

Three years into the deal, U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out and declared anew harsh sanctions on Iran’s economy. Now under the pretext of Iran’s nuclear program, US imperialism, through its terrorist actions, is trying to convince the world that the destruction of Iran is justified.

ILPS Commission 1 has enjoined   its organizations, allies and all peace-loving, anti-war and anti-imperialist peoples to organize global protests against the unrelenting U.S. attacks on Iran.

“No nation in the world has come forward to support the U.S. in its current criminal conduct. We are one with all the peoples of West Asia who are opposing U.S. imperialism. We affirm expressions of solidarity with Iran and condemnation by the American people of US President Donald Trump’s illegal and criminal order to assasinate Suleimani and murder several more in his convoy on Iraqi soil. The weakened and increasingly isolated position of U.S. imperialism in West Asia should be an opportunity for the global movement working for peace based on justice to build a strong and broad anti-imperialist and anti-war international solidarity,” their statement said. (CurrentPH/STACY ANG/JGo)

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