[A-List] Libya is not Egypt and all rebellions are not Revolutions!
james.irldaly at ntlworld.com
Sun Mar 6 11:49:57 MST 2011
To: All Alliances, Brother and Sister Organizations
Progressive and Socialist coalitions and world wide press
From: The All African People Revolutionary Party
Date: February 27, 2011 (Anniversary of the courageous battle the
Oglala Sioux nation to protect and defend Wound Knee , 1973)
FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION
Libya is not Egypt and all rebellions are not Revolutions!
Hands off Libya, hands off Africa-the Masses will dictate the Revolution!
Revolutionaries must be vigilant observers and mindful of the
components of revolution versus reform or simple rebellion. We must
also never be quick to take sides or forget our history and the role
and objectives of Imperialism over the interest of the Masses of the
What we have seen in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya today is a reflection
of the continued development of the class struggle in Africa.
President Kwame Nkrumah provided a rich and comprehensive analysis in
his book ‘Class Struggle in Africa’ to lay our political foundation
for understanding what has and is happening today. He correctly stated
that the proletariat in Africa although relatively small will be the
base for building a socialist revolution. He also correctly stated
that although america and europe are the most industrialized in the
world, their working class is the most embourgeoised thus the most
socially and politically backward. Why would the west and europe be so
interested in the rebellions occurring in North Africa and the Middle
East today? Could it be the oil and geo political imperialist
interests for continued global domination especially to protect the
imperialist strongest ally zionist israel?
That is exactly the intent of the imperialist powers in supporting
these rebellions amongst the growing educated and working class
population in Africa and the Middle East. The global imperialist
economies rely on the material and human resources and potential
capacity of Africa, the Middle East and the americas and therefore the
potential of the working class movements becoming socialist
especially within Africa would topple the financial markets of america
and europe and end the welfare that provides security and sustenance
Although the rebellions in North Africa namely, Egypt, and Tunisia
and in the Middle East are making headway, and even have had partial
success in removing imperialist puppets like Hosni Mubarak and the
Tunisian president Ben Ali, which they should be congratulated for,
it does not guarantee the dismantling of the feudal or neocolonialist
regimes that continue to hold power. No matter how much imperialist
ideology and their mass media attempt to make everything appear to be
about this individual head of state or that individual leader, the
neo-colonial servants defending the illegitimate foreign interests of
u.s. and european imperialism is much more extensive and elaborate
than one person. The masses of workers, women, men and youth must
continue to organize themselves into a force for permanent socialist
Once, Egypt stood as one of the most anti- imperialist nations in
Africa. ‘In the early 1920s, industrialized areas in Africa like
Egypt, South Africa, Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia had strong working
class movements and this is where Africa’s first communist parties
emerged. By 1962, it was estimated that Africa held at minimum 15
million industrial workers and these organized workers played a
significant role in the liberation movements.’(Class Struggle in
In Egypt, President Gamal Nasser represented the aspirations of the
Egyptian, African and the oppressed masses of the world. Egypt’s
membership in the Casablanca group with Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, Seku
Ture of Guinea, and Modibo Keita of Mali put them in the forefront of
the struggle for One Unified Socialist Africa.
But since the death of President Nasser, the global imperialist led
by america and israel has been relentless in pushing its plans for geo
political domination of that region, which includes the long standing
colonization of Palestine for israeli interest and allowing the Suez
Canal to become the waterway for imperialist war maneuvers and the
imperialist military gateway to impose its will against Africa and the
Middle East as demonstrated in Somalia, Sudan, Iran, Iraq and
On the other hand, Libya has been for many years staunchly anti
imperialist since its revolutionary coop in 1969 when Col. Gadhafi and
the cadre of the People’s republic created the present state of Libya
bringing the Jamahiriya (“State of the Masses”) to power.
Where Egypt had exploited its working class and failed to develop the
country or provide resources to its people, making only its elite
including military leaders rich with billions of dollars in aid paid
by the imperialist, revolutionary Libya at its birth in 1969 had
nationalized its oil and used it in the development of the country.
The Libyan people benefited from the wealth of its nation the
provision of public education, medical care, housing and full
participation in all aspects of Libyan life. Libya is Africa’s
leading anti imperialist force and she supported many of the movements
throughout Africa and the world. Libya has been on course towards a
socialist state through the Jamahiriya.
Egypt continued to exploit its masses deterring any collective
formation of opposition outside of its unions. It treated its Nubian
and peasant populations like a slave force while making rich the
military and police force which along with the chosen tribal or clan
leaders, they became the petit bourgeois class that defended the
imperialist and zionist interest.
Committed like its flag to make green its economy and the neglected
Sahara desert, Libya worked towards the technological development of
the country and its people benefited. The real battle for Libya has
been against its global imperialist enemies who have gone to no
lengths to plant agents and conspirators to overturn the revolution of
the People. We know the zionist and their imperialist partners
continue to plot and conspire to control both the politics and
economics of North Africa and the Middle East. Is there any doubt why
Benghazi was chosen as the base of revolt since the Libyan oil
industry is controlled from that region?
Libya like the rest of Africa, must protect its resources and its
people must defend it even with their lives!
We must be watchful of imperialist tactics as their machinations for
domination of Africa has never changed!
The All African People’s Revolutionary Party maintained a strong
relationship with Libya over the last 30 years and we continue to
stand firmly in support of the Libyan people and the revolution of the
Because of Libya’s revolutionary stand in support of African and
indigenous peoples struggles and its position against imperialist
aggression, it was the AAPRP who partnered with other committed Pan
Africanist, nationalist and progressive organizations like the Nation
of Islam and the American Indian Movement to break the ban against
travel to Libya from1985-1990. Libya has been an active partner in
building relationships with all justice loving indigenous peoples
supporting our strategies for liberation, unity and solidarity.
Libya has hosted tens of hundreds of worldwide conferences and
programs to build international solidarity for Pan indigenous
struggles for liberation in its 40 years. Leaders from Africa, Central
and South America such as Daniel Ortega, Fidel Castro, Evo Morales and
Hugo Chavez have all given their revolutionary support and concern for
the people of Libya and President Gadhafi.
And for her anti imperialist and pro socialist stance, she paid a
heavy price. Enduring economic and political embargos and isolation,
the Libyan people persevered and continued to build their nation and
support other revolutionary forces. The American imperialist
government even went so far as to strike Libyan territory by bombing
her while dignitaries including President Rawlings of Ghana were
visiting. Imperialist bombs killed the young daughter of President
Gadhafi’s and injured many others. This was done without provocation
and without apology!
Although over the last few years, Libya has through its own defense,
taken a more conservative position to avoid out right military
invasion from the west, she continued to support Africa’s liberation
and Unity and the worldwide struggle for socialist development. It was
President Gadhafi who took up the mantle held by President Kwame
Nkrumah to call for the United States of Africa. He has been the key
advocate for a united Africa and restructuring of the African Union.
The Libyan people have been on the right side of the struggle for
truth, justice, socialist ideals and the People’s Revolution and
therefore she has always been a target for imperialist aggression.
Leaders from Africa, Central and South America such as Daniel Ortega,
Fidel Castro, Evo Morales and Hugo Chavez have all given their
revolutionary support and concern for the people of Libya and
If we believe in the Socialist revolution and the components of
dialectical change, we know that the people of Libya who have survived
embargos and bans, who have been bombed and ridiculed in the world
wide imperialist press, who have built their nation brick by brick and
with the green book as their guide, committed to revolutionary
ideological and political ideals, will not wash away that history for
western democracy. They will address the contradictions within their
nation and bring forward the Socialist revolution. Political positions
against the masses in Tunisia and Egypt and other issues related to
Africa’s move towards liberation and unity may cause question of
Libya’s leadership but one does not throw out the baby with the bath
water. The people are the foundation of all revolutions and therefore,
we must stand with the People to bring forth the Mass revolution
required to guarantee their existence.
In President Nkrumah’s Class Struggle in Africa, he reminds us, “ the
basis of revolution is created when the organic structure and
conditions in a given society have aroused the mass consent (or
discontent) and mass desire for positive action to change or transform
that society. Socialist revolution is impossible without the use of
force. Revolutionary violence is a fundamental law in revolutionary
The journey for Socialism is not a clear or easy and it comes at a
high cost. The enemy will not surrender unless forced and it requires
the organization, unity and determination of the masses of the people
to bring the enemies of the people to their knees. What we are
witnessing today will require more than a rebellion. It will require
a mass based and well organized long term Revolution. Libyans must be
aware that their independence and liberty is not secure especially
under a pro western style democracy and must resist any capitulation
to change their politics.
Only they can learn that lesson and we believe they are experienced
enough to know who their enemies are. They must also know that until
the rest of Africa is liberated, united and socialist, no territory in
Africa is secure.
Our duty is to support the masses and encourage their full
participation in the Libyan and African revolution. We must also
protest any move towards sanctions against Libya and demand the
imperialist stay out of Africa. Absolutely no military invasion!
This is what distinguishes revolution from rebellion in Africa, a
commitment to rid the continent of all forms of imperialism
(settler-colonialism, neo-colonialism and zionism); to liberate
Africa’s resources for development of its empowered people under a
unified government that moves to protect the people from
We call upon all Pan African, progressive, socialist and pro human
organizations and individuals to voice their opposition to any
Organize mass demonstrations. Send press releases and let the world
know that we will not stand by quietly while the imperialist/zionist
forces orchestrate a military invasion or sanctions against Libya
under any circumstances least of all under the guise of democracy!
We stand with the people of Libyan Jamahiriya to take full
responsibility for the defense of their revolution. At the same time,
we must be vigilant and keep a watchful eye on the continued goings on
in Tunisia and Egypt as imperialist forces in the west also try to use
this media frenzy over Libya while working to reconsolidate
neo-colonial control over those other areas of Africa.
Hands off Africa! No military intervention, no economic or political
sanctions against the Libyan nation!
Africa must be free, united and socialist.
We stand Ready for Revolution
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