No to U.S. Dictate at the United Nations
Defend the Rights to Sovereignty and Resistance
The U.S.-imposed draft resolution on Lebanon is a recipe for more war and attacks on the rights of the people. The resolution under discussion at the United Nations Security Council is aimed at imposing another Israeli occupation in Lebanon while also crushing the resistance. There is no demand in the resolution for Israel to withdraw from Lebanon. There is no requirement for Israel to release the many thousands of Lebanese and Palestinian prisoners, many of them women and children.
There is not even a requirement for Israel to stop its aggression. Instead, Israel is only called on to stop “all offensive military operations,” while Hizbollah is required to stop “all attacks.” The entire U.S.-Israeli war has been waged under the banner of “self-defense,” or defensive actions! What is needed is an unconditional ceasefire now and immediate Israeli withdrawal.
This draft resolution enshrines U.S.-Israeli impunity, while making it illegal for Hizbollah and the Lebanese people to resist. In this manner it is designed to eliminate a main principle on which the UN is based, which is the right of occupied peoples to resist and throw out their occupiers. It also ensures that any UN-armed force sent into Lebanon will not assist the people of Lebanon, as it is based on sanctioning the Israeli occupation and aggression.
President George W. Bush is insisting on this content and refusing to end U.S. backing and funding of Israel. Instead the U.S. continues to send more supplies of bombs and jet fuel. These weapons include illegal depleted uranium munitions and cluster bombs, both repeatedly being used against civilians.
The U.S. is also maneuvering with France, a former colonial power in Lebanon, to neutralize opposition to its dictate while still securing the ability to act with impunity. It is insisting that the main target of the resolution be the resistance of the Lebanese people, while making U.S.-Israeli crimes “legal.”
It is precisely this impunity of the U.S. and Israel that must be blocked. A UN resolution that sanctions impunity and opposes resistance stands directly against the rights of the people and the UN Charter itself. It will solve no problem.
It is the people of Lebanon, waging fierce resistance to defend their rights that is serving as a block to U.S.-Israeli impunity, standing against their crimes against the peace and crimes against humanity. By defending their sovereignty, and insisting that it be respected, by Israel, the U.S. and the UN, they are contributing to the cause of peace and security for the peoples.
It is the resistance of the Lebanese and Palestinians and worldwide support for it that is striking terror in the hearts of the U.S. imperialists and fully revealing both their desperation and their brutality. It shows that it is U.S. imperialism that must end, that it is imperialist war and aggression that must end, and that the resistance is contributing to this necessity.
Yet more war and aggression solves no problem and only intensifies the dangers facing all humanity. The fierce struggles of the peoples to defend their rights, in Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq, here in the U.S. is opening a way forward. It is urgent for all Americans to defend the right to sovereignty worldwide, support the resistance of the peoples and step up the resistance here in the U.S. The U.S. Marxist-Leninist Organization salutes all those taking action today and for the past several weeks and calls on all to carry forward in the months ahead to strengthen the peoples’ forces.
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