Arm all the Libyan masses; for a revolutionary workers government based on
councils of delegates of workers and militia; down with the imperialist NTC
imperialist agency, the TNC/NTC, is trying to destroy the Libyan revolution
from within. They are trying to set up a Gaddafi regime without Gaddafi. But
the first condition for them to do this is for them to disarm the militias.
Already the TNC are coming with all sorts of bribes and schemes, offering
laptops, money, benefits, with one aim in mind- to disarm the masses.
is a fundamental difference between the TNC and parties of Social Democracy
such as in Germany
in the 1930’s. The Social Democracy had a base in the proletariat while the TNC
was a direct creation of imperialism, without any base in the working class.
Thus the question of a proletarian united front with the TNC could not be
seriously posed. In fact the role of the TNC was to save the Gaddafi regime,
not combat it. When Gaddafi’s forces were at the gates of Benghazi, it was not
obvious that they would win- in fact, the battles for Misrata showed that
Gaddafis’ forces could be defeated- the masses in Benghazi had more heavy
weaponry and planes available- if they defeated the Gaddafi forces the plan for
a ‘no-fly zone’ would have been clearly exposed as an imperialist invasion. The
masses, sensing their own strength, would have more strongly have combated the
TNC (how could the TNC call for Nato intervention when Gaddafi’s forces were
being defeated?). Imperialism did not act to ‘save’ the masses in Benghazi, as some
comrades implied. (They would have been happy for a mass slaughter as in the
DRC, Rwanda and Syria today).
Imperialism acted because they dare not allow the masses to be seen anywhere on
the planet as their own agency of revolution. Imperialism intervened to save
the Gaddafi regime from the masses (as the independent action and organization
of the masses would have destroyed every last vestige of the Gaddafi terror
regime. To imply that imperialism acted to save the masses in Benghazi, is to create a new theory that
imperialism can , under pressure of the masses, act in a progressive way.
it follows from the TNC being an artificial imperialist agency, without a base
in the masses, that the most harsh criticism of it was necessary and every
attempt explored to organise independently from it and against it.
are those who argue that the TNC was a popular front. Then it was necessary to
answer what the base was of this popular front. Surely it followed that there
was support among the militias for the TNC. The guiding question to combat
fascism then follows from this section of the Transitional programme of the
Fourth International: ‘… The émigré
People’s Front is the most malignant and perfidious variety of all possible
People’s Fronts.’…’A merciless exposure of the theory and practice of the
People’s Front is therefore the first condition for a revolutionary struggle
the imperialists used funding and all manner of political instruments to prop
TNC to gain control so that it can now begin to disarm the masses and
re-establish a capitalist regime. A few arms were given to the masses, and only
to the extent to boost the TNC’s profile as combating the Gaddafi regime. The TNC called for a bombing campaign by the
imperialist Nato. The TNC hosted imperialist military ‘advisors’ on the ground.
Imperialism bombed the anti-Gaddafi militias from time to time and prevented
the really weaponry from getting into the hands of the masses; imperialism also
prevented the masses from flying the planes they had against the Gaddafi army.
Thus the fighting was deliberately dragged out so that the masses would be
tired out and weakened. The TNC sent the militia lightly armed and in some
cases unarmed to face the heavy weaponry of Gaddafi’s army. Hundreds, if not
thousands of the militia members were killed off by the Gaddafi armed forces
and mercenaries during this period of deliberate delay. Despite this, some of
us still called for a united front with the TNC under the guise of a ‘defence
of democracy’, while refusing to call for a single cell to be set up of
revolutionary socialists within the militia, nor did they even call to organise
a council of delegates of the workers and militias to co-ordinate the fight
against the Gaddafi regime. This council could have spearheaded the fight
against the TNC as well. As it is, the only structure that was ‘co-ordinating’
the fight against the Gaddafi regime, was the TNC! Was this not a complete
break from the fundamentals of the Transitional Programme of the Fourth
In other words a consistent, merciless campaign to expose the
TNC, its capitalist- anti-worker- anti-immigrant nature, from the time it was
created and had little base among the masses, up to the current period, had to
be conducted. Lean on the ‘democratic’ TNC and ‘democratic’ imperialist Nato
forces against the fascist Gaddafi, the workers and militia were advised by
some of us- we will deal with them later, they said. What ever happened to ‘march separately- strike together’?
The Libyan masses captured and killed Gaddafi despite Nato and
its TNC. We remember the time when the masses dealt with the dictator Mussolini
and hung him from a pole in the middle of Rome.
Such was the hatred of the masses for Gaddafi that he was killed on the spot.
No doubt, if he had faced a formal workers tribunal, Gaddafi would no doubt
have further exposed the deep relation he had with imperialism such as playing
host to the CIA rendition prisons. But it is not for us or anyone to dictate to
the masses the timetable and form of justice meted out. That imperialism
expresses ‘concern’ at the killing of Gaddafi, is more as a reassurance to the
other dictators under their thumb, all of whom are increasingly nervous that
they may be next. Imperialism could not intervene to save Gaddafi as their
agency, the TNC would have been more exposed. As it is, the hold of the TNC is
tenuous and it is more important to
imperialism to have a agency that can control the masses than risk the
overthrow of its main means of keeping the Libyan masses in check.
That the TNC now wants to put on trial those who killed Gaddafi
is part of the reassurance by imperialism to its other puppet regimes and to
the remaining fragments of the Gaddafi regime that imperialism wants to be part
of the ‘new’ capitalist regime. It is part of the campaign by imperialism to
disarm the masses- a necessary condition for a capitalist regime to exist. The terror regime of Gaddafi could exist for
42 years because the masses were physically unarmed. The terror regime could
exist for 42 years because Stalinism and the world’s left isolated the Libyan
masses by portraying Gaddafi as a ‘socialist’.
The TNC is worse than Gaddafi- they are already handing over the
oil to imperialism at a far lower rate than even Gaddafi; the TNC has put the
masses at the mercy of imperialism; the TNC knows who all the progressive
elements in the militia are- they are waging an intense campaign to isolate and
disarm the militias.
The allies of the Libyan masses are on strike in Oakland, are
occupying Wall street, are on the streets of Egypt against the military
dictatorship, are in Greece, Spain, Malawi, Madagascar, South Africa, Botswana,
China, Chile, Bolivia, are in Las Heras, in the pampas, in the streets and
factories of Buenos Aires, in Japan.
From the armed militias to arming all the masses in Libya!
Expropriate all imperialist assets and the local bourgeoisie
without compensation, under workers control!
For councils of delegates of workers (including immigrant
workers) and militia!
For revolutionary workers tribunes to try all the remnants of
the Gaddafi terror regime.
Open the books on all the terror rendition prisons of the CIA in
under Gaddafi; open the books on all the terror deeds of the Gaddafi regime and
its links to imperialism!
For a revolutionary workers government based on councils of
delegates of workers and militia!
Down with the imperialist agency, the NTC/TNC!
For the refounding of the Fourth International with a section in
in the region and internationally.
From Workers International Vanguard League
Affiliate of the International Leninist Trotskyist Fraction
18th Nov 2011