As we near the 11th year of the US government's brutal colonial war of occupation against the people of Afghanistan, North Americans around the country are celebrating the reported killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan on the 1st of May, 2011, while others are questioning the US government's actions.
The Uhuru Solidarity Movement calls on North Americans and Europeans to see the world from another perspective – the point of view of oppressed people who are struggling for national liberation from US and Western imperialism. We call on the Euro-American population to join in solidarity with the masses of humanity. When African, Arab, Indigenous, and other oppressed peoples are victorious in the global struggle against exploitation and colonial domination, then we can come together as a human family and celebrate the dawn of a new world free from oppression and suffering.
We call on progressive Euro-Americans to join USM and register for the upcoming June 4th and 5th National Convention of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement in Philadelphia, PA, “Resistance is the Future! Solidarity with African Liberation” where the topics of the genocidal wars in Afghanistan and Iraq will be discussed along with the brutal war against the African community right here.
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On May 1, 2011, the US government announced that Osama bin Laden had been killed inside Pakistan by Navy Seals in a heavily fortified compound just a mile from the Pakistani army’s principal military academy. The CIA operation was carried out by 25 Navy Seals under the command of the Joint Special Operations Command.
If the murder happened the way the U.S. said it occurred, without the knowledge of the Pakistani government, which is doubtful, then it was a unilateral act of war that violated the sovereignty of Pakistan where the US military is slaughtering men, women, and children with unmanned drones on a regular basis.
Bin Laden's corpse was reportedly “buried at sea” in a sealed cement box, with others killed in the attack. Now that the evidence has been dispensed into the ocean, it is unknown whether the body actually belonged to Osama bin Laden. If it was bin Laden, the method of urgent disposal destroyed all evidence that would have revealed the real circumstances surrounding his death. Already the U.S. is having to admit that he was unarmed, retreating from the initial statement that bin Laden engaged them in an armed struggle.
Regardless of these suspicious circumstances, the news of bin Laden's death, along with the supposed birth certificate presented by Obama to quash suspicions that he was not a “true American,” were intended to boost support for the increasingly unpopular president in this period of US imperialism 's ever-deepening decline. Moreover, the death of Osama bin Laden was intended to reassure North Americans that the wars of occupation against the people of Afghanistan and Iraq were justifiable.
Imperialism in decline attempts to rescue itself at the expense of oppressed peoples
This was the act of a desperate imperialism in collapse enacting one more ploy to attempt to save itself at the expense of oppressed peoples of the world.
In the face of the growing resistance on the part of millions of people throughout the Middle East and Africa, the killing of Bin Laden was supposed to be an act of vengeance from a world power in decline, an attempt to intimidate oppressed peoples everywhere who are standing up for liberation, justice and control of their lives, land and resources.
While many North Americans celebrated this act of war and white nationalist aggression, there were many who questioned and denounced it as yet another brutal attack on the peoples of the world.
Osama bin Laden's relationship with US goes back to the 1970s
Osama bin Laden is the Saudi-born figurehead of al-Qaeda who was accused of masterminding the bombings of the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11, 2001. To this day, the US has failed to provide any real evidence that bin Laden played an operational role in the 9/11 attacks. The US government emphasized bin Laden's supposed involvement in 9/11 to justify a military invasion of Afghanistan where bin Laden and the al-Qaeda network were based at the time.
The reality is that the relationship between the US government and bin Laden goes back to the 1970s when, under the James Earl Carter administration, the CIA trained and armed bin Laden and other Muslim resistance fighters to overturn the Soviet-backed leftwing government of Afghanistan. This covert operation was led by Carter's national security advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski, who still acts as advisor to the Obama administration.
US wages brutal colonial wars against oppressed peoples of the world
Under the guise of hunting down Osama bin Laden and waging a “war on terror,” the US government carries out a vicious campaign of brutality, terror, and slaughter against the people of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and most recently in Pakistan.
US troops have mutilated, raped, tortured, and murdered thousands of Afghan men, women and children. Under Obama, the US has launched missile strikes targeting Pakistani children with unmanned drones. US soldiers in Afghanistan, as part of a self-described “Kill Team,” photographed themselves gunning down civilians and posing in photos with their severed limbs and mutilated corpses, similar to how white people in the US would send postcards and collect body parts after carrying out the lynchings of Africans.
At the same time, the US is engaged in numerous “Other Wars,” as described by the Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations, such as the permanent war against Africa, the war against Mexicans and other Indigenous peoples, and the war of police occupation against the domestically colonized African community right here inside US borders.
More recently, the US has been waging a military invasion of Libya as part of an overall strategy to increase its colonial grip on Africa's resources. The US invaders have spilt the blood of hundreds of Libyan civilians, and the US even murdered the son and grandchildren of the Libyan leader, Colonel Gadhafi, in an effort to assassinate Colonel Gadhafi himself.
Imperialist white power is responsible for 500 years of terror against colonized people
The US government, in spite of its vocal protestations against “terror,” is indeed the greatest purveyor of terrorism on the planet earth. Neocolonial puppet president Obama, Hilary Clinton, Brzezinski, the Bush family, and the entire US government represent a continuous, 500-years-long history of terrorism against colonized and oppressed peoples for the material benefit of the general European and North American population.
In fact, the struggle of oppressed peoples for national liberation and control over their land and resources has historically been characterized as “terrorism” by the white ruling class. Recently a prosecutor in a US war court regarding the use of military commissions at Guantanamo compared Al Qaeda to the Seminole Indians in their style of warfare against US targets. The CIA's codename for bin Laden was “Geronimo.”
In another example, International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement President Diop Olugbala was placed on a terrorist watch-list compiled by the Israeli-based Institute for Terrorism Research and Response (ITRR) for InPDUM's work in exposing the US war on the African community and defending the democratic rights of African people everywhere. The label of “terrorism” has always been used by white power to demonize and discredit the struggle against colonial oppression.
US colonizes Afghanistan to plunder its resources
The US war against Afghanistan is not a war against “terrorism” but a war to colonize Afghanistan under US control for the benefit of US business interests in the Middle East. It is part of the global imperialist strategy to keep the masses of the nonwhite world separated from their resources and denied control over their own land, lives, and destinies.
US imperialism in crisis has become desperate for the oil and other resources of the Arab world and Southern Asia. U.S. control over these resources is essential if the US is to maintain its position as the world's leading imperialist power. As the rising economies of China, Russia and Japan increasingly pose a threat to the global supremacy of the US economy, control over the resources of the Middle East would give the U.S. unrivaled power to advance the interests of white power and parasitic capitalism.
One of the most lucrative resources in Afghanistan is opium, but in 2000, prior to the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, the Taliban had almost completely eliminated the export of opium and banned its production.
Since the US invasion began in 2001, Afghanistan has gone from no opium trade to providing 93 percent of the world's heroin exports, including about 60 percent of heroin exports to the United States where the massive profits are laundered through Wall Street banks.
US wages war against African community colonized within US borders
Meanwhile, in the African community, small-time drug dealers are locked up en masse for participating in an illegal drug economy imposed on their communities by the same vicious imperialism that economically under-develops and systematically oppresses the African community and other oppressed peoples around the world.
The relationship between the war against the people of Afghanistan and the African community in the US has even deeper implications beyond the role of the illegal drug trade. In both cases, the US colonialist-capitalist North American state wages colonial wars of occupation to undermine their struggles for national liberation and self-determination.
This is how the United States was born and this is how the US continues to keep itself alive. Would the United States exist if not for the enslavement of African people and the ongoing genocide of Africans, Arabs, and other oppressed peoples throughout the world? As Chairman Omali Yeshitela of the African People's Socialist Party says, “No, No, No, and a thousand times: No!”
Parasitic capitalism is dying
Osama bin Laden may be dead, but the US government has already made it clear that their so-called “war on terror” is far from over. This is because the US government's colonial wars never really had anything to do with bin Laden. In the words of Chairman Yeshitela, US imperialism is a dying system that is thrashing about in a death-bed agony of endless wars. Bin Laden may be dead, but the real cause for celebration is the fact that US Empire is on its last leg. White power is collapsing.
The most terroristic, violent, brutal governmental entity on the face of the planet earth is inching closer and closer toward its inevitable demise. The oppressed peoples of the world – from Egypt to Detroit, from the Arab masses in Afghanistan to the African community in St. Petersburg, FL – are rising up in a righteous and powerful resistance to white power and imperialism.
USM calls for solidarity with the oppressed peoples of the world
Our solidarity lies not with the parasitic capitalist economy of the US government but with the just struggles of the oppressed.
The Uhuru Solidarity Movement is an organization of Euro-Americans and other allies of the African Liberation Movement who recognize that we do not have to passively accept the role of complicity prescribed for us by the white ruling class. Complicity with imperialism is not a sustainable option. It will lead only to further death, destruction, and chaos.
For Euro-Americans who strive to build a new world of peace, justice and freedom, the only sensible stance is to reject the system of imperialism and actively organize in material solidarity with the national liberation struggles of the African community and oppressed peoples around the world! We say that it is not enough to call for “peace”; we must unite with the demand for VICTORY TO THE OPPRESSED PEOPLES OF THE WORLD! Victory to the people of Afghanistan! Victory to the people of Iraq! Victory to the people of Palestine! Victory to the people of Libya! Victory to the African community in the US and around the world! Down with U.S. Imperialism!
We invite you to join us at the upcoming national convention of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, where featured speakers such as Chairman Omali Yeshitela, leader and founder of the Uhuru Movement and Chairman of the African Socialist International, will be presenting on topics such as the growing resistance of the people to US war against African people and oppressed peoples worldwide and the role of Euro-Americans in solidarity with the African Liberation Movement.
The convention, titled, “Resistance is the Future! Solidarity with African Liberation,” will be held on June 4-5 in Philadelphia, PA. We call on you to register for this historically significant national convention and take a stand on the side of oppressed people in the just struggle for freedom and self-determination!
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VICTORY TO THE OPPRESSED PEOPLE OF THE WORLD!
VICTORY TO THE PEOPLE OF AFGHANISTAN!
SMASH COLONIAL VIOLENCE!