|Stop the War in East Asia!
International Labor Solidarity is the Power to Crush Fresh War Attempts
A fresh threat of war is impending in East Asia. The current global economic crisis, manifestation of death agony of capitalism, has brought about not only mass dismissal of workers but also war. The situation in Korean Peninsula is explosive.
Recently US forces conducted a two-month long joint military exercise with South Korean forces in an unprecedented scale with nuclear-capable strategic bombers, aiming at dominating the air space over the whole Korean Peninsula. Obama administration has made an agreement with the South Korean partner, which allows overall US engagement even in the possible brush-fire war between North and South Korea. In face of these offensives, Kim Jong-un administration of the North Korea accelerates nuclear armament in a quite anti-working class counter measure. It recently declared to break off the truce concluded in 1953, thus desperately driving itself to the brink of war.
As for Japan, Abe administration, shamelessly taking this opportunity, is intent to abolish the current Constitution itself together with its “peace clause” to change Japan into a war state. He is organizing bellicose provocations against Korea and China over the territorial issue, stirring up chauvinism and preparing construction of a new US military base in Henoko (northern beach of Okinawa) and striving for strengthened Japan-US military alliance. His agenda includes also nuclear armament of Japan; he is desperately preparing for restart of nuclear power plants, most of which are now out of operation.
We must squarely confront this critical situation. Those who need war
are capitalist class of Japan, US and South Korea and privileged rulers
of China and North Korea, and those who suffer from war are working people
of the respective countries and all over the world.
Korean Confederation of Trade Unions has already issued a statement on
April 10: “We oppose all attempts of war and are determined to fight against
all the powers which promote in war”. We absolutely support this statement
and declare here that we are also ready to fight against war together
with the courageous brothers and sisters of KCTU and all Korean working
Working class has no national border. Upcoming May Day is the day of international solidarity for the unification of workers across the world as a class and the day of action against privatization, outsourcing, irregular employment, dismissal and the day to confirm the common cause of world working class of abolishing capitalist exploitation and overthrowing capitalist rule. The major power to stop the war and to change the whole world lies in international labor solidarity across nations, nationalities and national borders.
Let’s crush the war by the advancement of working class unity and class struggle labor movement under the banner of international solidarity. Let’s march forward for the radical change of the world today!
May 1, 2013
International Labor Solidarity Committee of Doro-Chiba