Step up the struggle against imperialism, fascism and war
This year marks 70 years after the United States of America dropped atom bombs on the twin cities of Japan, Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6, 1945 and on August 9, 1945 respectively.
More than three lakh men, women and children died within a period of two months after the explosion of the bombs, nearly half of them on the very days that the bombs were dropped. Generations thereafter continue to be affected by the long term effects of the radiation from the atomic explosion. The US imperialists can never be forgiven by the people of Japan and the rest of the world, for this grave crime against humanity.
The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki took place at a time when Japanese imperialism, having lost the war, was already on the verge of surrender to the allied forces led by the Soviet Union and the US. The conditions for its surrender had been created by the struggle of millions of people in China, Vietnam, Korea, Burma, Malaya, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Laos and Cambodia. They were created by the great contribution of the Soviet Union, which had sent a million strong Red Army to liberate Manchuria (part of China) from the Japanese yoke, in August 1945. The US had already carpet-bombed most of the cities of Japan, causing terrible destruction and death. Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which had been spared carpet-bombing till then, were chosen as targets for the atomic bombs, not because there were any military targets there, but with the precise aim of testing the impact of the atom bomb.
The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was meant to send a clear warning to the socialist Soviet Union and the peoples of Europe and Asia, who had risen up in struggle against fascism and imperialism, that US imperialism would now take on the mantle of fascism and lead world imperialism in crushing the revolutionary and liberation struggles of people in all parts of the world. The diabolical activities of US imperialism since the end of World War II confirm this.
The use of the atom bomb in World War II provided legitimacy to the dangerous arms race that followed. In the name of safeguarding their national interests, various big powers spent untold sums of money to develop newer and more sophisticated weapons of mass destruction, to the point where the world as a whole has been held hostage to the prospect of a nuclear holocaust. The chief driver of this militarisation has been US imperialism. In the years since Hiroshima, US imperialism has shown an even more blatant disregard for the lives of other peoples, launching countless wars on the most flimsy pretexts, and experimenting with newer and ever more deadly forms of weaponry, nuclear as well as chemical weapons, germ warfare and biological warfare.
Following the end of World War II, US imperialism launched a savage onslaught on the sovereignty of nations and peoples, to extend and consolidate its position in Europe and Asia. It brutally crushed the revolutionary uprising of the Greek people. In Western Europe it set up military bases, to crush any possible uprising of the working class and people and to threaten the Soviet Union and other People's Democracies. US forces partitioned and occupied Korea. They occupied Japan and continue to occupy a military base in Okinawa, despite the opposition of the Japanese people. Following the defeat of the French colonialists in the heroic liberation struggle of the Vietnamese people, the US imperialists marched in to take their place, occupied South Vietnam, and waged one of the bloodiest and longest wars in history, killing millions of Vietnamese people, until they were finally defeated and thrown out in 1975.
The Cold War period saw US imperialism being fiercely contested by the social imperialist Soviet Union, in crushing the revolutionary and national liberation struggles of the peoples, in an attempt to re-divide the world between these two superpowers. The end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union have been accompanied by an intensification of US imperialism's fascist and warmongering activities. In the name of "clash of civilisations" and "war against terrorism", US imperialism launched a savage attack on people of the Muslim faith, in many countries in Asia, Europe and even within the US itself.
The breaking up of the Yugoslav Federation was followed by the military occupation of Afghanistan. The brutal military invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003, was carried out by the major western imperialist powers under the leadership of the US, using the false propaganda that Iraq possessed "weapons of mass destruction" and was a "threat to humanity". The demonising of North Korea and the daily threats and sanctions against that country, the crippling sanctions imposed on Iran, coupled with the threat to all other countries that try to build their own relations with those countries, are other examples of how US imperialism has sought and continues to seek to impose its dictate on other countries.
US imperialism has sponsored and even militarily backed rebel forces of many variants, in order to destabilise the regimes and bring about regime change, in Egypt, Libya, Syria, etc., thereby thrusting these nations with ancient civilisations and developed modern economic and political systems into chaos and anarchy. It has carried out a coup to set up its puppet regime in Ukraine, imposed brutal sanctions on Russia together with other European imperialist powers and is raining death and destruction on the people in eastern Ukraine who are resisting the US imperialists.
Hiroshima and Nagasaki remind us that the peoples of the world can never be safe as long as stockpiles of nuclear weapons continue to exist, as long as the arms race continues unchecked, and as long as capitalism and imperialism, which are the source of wars of conquest and domination in today’s world, are not rooted out from the face of this earth.
US imperialism has armed itself to the teeth with nuclear and conventional weapons of mass destruction that can destroy the whole world ten times over. This bloodthirsty imperialist power, which was the first and only imperialist power to actually carry out a nuclear bomb attack, is currently engaged in imposing stringent conditions on Iran, in the name of "preventing Iran from making nuclear bombs", in exchange for lifting some of the economic sanctions that have created innumerable hardships for the people of that country. Together with a handful of big nuclear powers, it has arrogated to itself the right to decide which countries should be “allowed” to have a nuclear program, even for civilian uses such as meeting its own energy requirements.
Hiroshima and Nagasaki highlight precisely that it is the U.S. imperialists who have used nuclear weapons against the people of Japan and are openly threatening to do so against the other peoples. The working class and freedom loving peoples of the world have never submitted to the fascist terror and blackmail unleashed by the US imperialists. They have fought, and continue to fight against imperialism, fascism and war, for revolution and national liberation, for the right to chart their own course, free from imperialist threats and dictate.
On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, CGPI calls upon the working class and peoples, to continue relentlessly on the path of struggle against imperialism, fascism and war, to step up the struggle against the ruling classes in these countries, who are colluding and contending with US imperialism, and threatening to engulf their nations and peoples in devastating wars for re-division of the world.