Statement by the Worker-communist Party of Iran (WPI) on the military attack on Libya:
Following the past few weeks’ widespread atrocities by the Gaddafi regime and army against the dissidents and the revolutionary people, the Security Council of the United Nations passed a resolution which specifically enforces a no-fly zone over Libya. Following this, a coalition of Nato forces, namely the USA, France and Britain, has started aerial military attacks against targets in Libya. In this connection, the WPI draws attention to the following:
The military attack on Libya took place at a time when the Gaddafi regime, aided by its army and armed mercenaries, and having attacked the revolutionary people and forces in a number of the liberated cities and recaptured those cities, was about to attack Benghazi, i.e. the main stronghold of the revolutionary people. The military attack by the Western powers stopped further advances by the Gaddafi army and in particular averted a massacring of the people of Benghazi. Clearly, the Western powers are following their own specific interests with this attack, but it should be noted that prior to the start of the Libyan revolution these states had no problem with the Gaddafi regime and that their present opposition to Gaddafi is something that the revolution has imposed on them. In fact, the current conflict between the Western powers and the regime of Gaddafi is a by-product of the advance of the revolution; the revolution should take advantage of this situation for further advances and for overthrowing Gaddafi and his repressive regime. The revolutionary people and forces should not allow the military attack to impede their intervention on the political stage. Furthermore, any attacks on non-military targets, the social infrastructure and civil life, and on residential areas and civilians, should be strongly condemned and an immediate halt to them demanded.
Meanwhile, the recent military action has opened up a field of rivalries and conflicts of the bourgeois blocs internationally, which can take on even wider and unpredictable dimensions. The only way to confront this situation too is the continuation and widening of the revolution to overthrow the Gaddafi regime. The revolutionary overthrow of the regime of Gaddafi and the establishment of people’s revolutionary rule is the surest way to put an end to all the dangers threatening the people of Libya.
Worker-communist Party of Iran (WPI)
21 March 2011