Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton

A Congressional hearing on the attacks against the United States
compounds in Benghazi, Libya, the birthplace of the
counter-revolution, focused on whether former Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton, now a presidential candidate, was negligent in her
duties leading to the death of an ambassador and several Central
Intelligence Agency (CIA) personnel.

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton

These much-publicized hearings were portrayed by the corporate media
and the Democratic Party as a politicized public relations exercise to
damage the candidacy for the nomination of Clinton. United States
Congressman Elijah Cummings, a Democratic from Maryland, repeatedly
came to the defense of Clinton despite questions that were raised
surrounding issues that would fall under the purview of the former
State Department head and principal envoy during the first
administration of President Barack Obama.

Clinton represented the public face of the CIA-Pentagon-NATO campaign
of destabilization, bombing and seizure of Libya.

After the Libyan government under the late Col. Muammar Gaddafi began
a military response to the obvious imperialist-backed war of regime-change, the
Clinton state department engineered the passage of two United Nations
Security Council resolutions which provided a rationale for the
imposition of an arms embargo and so-called “no fly zone” over Libyan
territory and waterways.

These resolutions opened up a pseudo-legal justification for the
massive bombing of the country during March 19 to October 31, 2011.
Reports suggests that anywhere from 50,000-100,000 people were killed
in the aerial bombardment leaving the infrastructure of the state
destroyed, displacing two million people and prompting the precipitous
rise in instability throughout the regions of North and West Africa,
extending throughout the Middle East and Southern Europe.

Libya under Gaddafi was designated as the most prosperous state on the
continent which owed no money to the International Monetary Fund and
the World Bank, utilizing its two million barrels of oil production
per day to fund monumental projects which built schools, hospitals,
power systems, homes and the maintenance of free education and
healthcare.

Today Libya has been reduced to one of the major sources
of human trafficking and terrorism serving as a conduit for hundreds
of thousands seeking to flee to Europe amid the ongoing imperialist
war policy and worsening world capitalist crisis.

The UN envoy to Libya has attempted repeatedly to bring together the
two main identifiable regimes based in Tripoli and Tobruk. Both of
these groups claim to be the legitimate representatives of the
embattled state.

Nonetheless, those who were leading figures under the Jamahiriya
system of the Gaddafi-era have been assassinated, imprisoned or driven
into exile. Members of the Gaddafi family and other officials are
still being held in prisons where no credible judicial structures are
in place to guarantee any semblance of due process.

Communities which defended Libya against the western-backed rebels
have been dislocated, many of whom are of indigenous African origin.
Other groups such as the Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda are openly
operating inside the country, defying even the public rhetoric of the
Obama administration which claims as a cornerstone of its foreign
policy being the “war on extremism.”

Both Capitalist Parties Support Imperialism

Nonetheless, during the Clinton hearings the total destruction of
Libya, the destabilization of North Africa and the Middle East were
never addressed. Whether the war of regime-change against Libya and
other interventions such as the 2003-2011 invasion and occupation of
Iraq were based upon false premises and misguided assessments, never
came into the range of examination.

Although the previous administration of President George W. Bush
framed the invasion of Iraq as a humanitarian war, the actual social
conditions of the people inside the country has rendered them to
extreme poverty and deprivation. Millions of Iraqis have been both
internally and internationally displaced.

The Pentagon is still bombing Iraq under the guise of destroying the
bases of the IS yet the invasion and occupation created the conditions
for such groups to exist and flourish. During late October, a U.S.
soldier was killed in what was described as an elaborate plan to
weaken the IS. However, there is no end in sight under the existing
administration of Obama or the one that will replace it in 2016 to
Washington’s intervention in Iraq.

In Syria, with the Russian-led aerial campaign against the armed
opposition groups supported by the U.S., it has further exposed the
failure of Washington’s policies in the Middle East. Four million
Syrians have been driven out of their homes as a direct result of the
Obama administration’s funding of extremist organizations which have
killed hundreds of thousands of people.

The Democratic and Republican parties in the U.S. advocate imperialist
policies for Africa, the Middle East and throughout the world.
Consequently since 1975, untold millions have lost their lives in
Southern Africa, Afghanistan and South Asia, Colombia and throughout
Latin America, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific.

Domestic Impact of Imperialist War

These policies have resulted in not only the deaths and displacement
of millions but also the driving down of living standards and greater
insecurity and instability throughout large sections of the world.
This global crisis encompasses the western industrialized states
including the U.S.

Such policies of war and economic exploitation cost the working people
of the western countries trillions in wages and tax revenues. The
continuing pursuit of aggressive militarism has diverted tremendous
resources which could have been utilized in the elimination of
unemployment, poverty, hunger, homelessness, state repression and
environmental degradation so prevalent in the U.S.

While the banks drove millions from their homes in major cities,
suburbs, rural areas and small towns in the U.S., facilitating the
closing of schools, the slashing of education and social services
expenditures, under successive Democratic and Republican
administrations, the state continues to propose and approve over $1
trillion annually for defense and homeland security. The state has
attempted to explain these policies as a defensive measure against
“terrorism.” Yet the terror of homelessness, job losses and police
brutality is not even seriously discussed in the Congress or the
Senate.

Who will come to the defense of the nationally oppressed, workers and
the poor among the members of the legislative, judicial and executive
structures of the U.S.? This is more than a rhetorical question but
one whose answer will determine the course of the struggle between
late 2015 and the national elections in 2016.

The working people and nationally oppressed cannot rely on the
Democratic or the Republican parties to represent their interests
within the capitalist-imperialist state. The masses need their own
political party that can develop a program to end wars of
regime-change and dominance and to ensure full-employment, quality
education, universal healthcare, the protection of the environment,
the total liberation of women and all oppressed groups and nations.

Voting for either of the capitalist parties in the U.S. will only
result in the same policies for the majority. During the course of the
campaign for president no candidate for the nomination of either party
is advocating the abolition of private property, national oppression
and economic exploitation and adoption of an internationalist foreign
policy that would recognize the right of oppressed nations to
self-determination.

By Abayomi Azikiwe
Editor, Pan-African News Wire

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