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The Threat to World Peace

by John Maryon

BRITISH and US imperialism pose the greatest danger to world peace. With over 750 military bases in 70 countries and with a total military expenditure exceeding $750 billion, the USA spends more than the next nine top-spending nations combined. The tearing up by America of the Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty and withdrawal from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty along with abandonment of the Open Skies treaty have made the world a far more dangerous place.

Imperialist hostility has intensified as it begins a new Cold War against People’s China and Russia. The reckless and stupid decision to launch the AUKUS trilateral nuclear submarine pact will further increase tensions in the Pacific region and makes a total mockery of all non-proliferation aims.

Even so, the imperialists still use part of the non-proliferation treaty as an instrument to bully and threaten others. Hostility is focused on Iran and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). The DPRK has had no choice but to develop its own independent nuclear deterrent. It threatens no-one but it has enemies close by. US warships are stationed off its coast, and thousands of US troops with their missiles are located in the south of Korea and in Japan.

Unlike the USA, the DPRK has rejected first use of nuclear weapons in a conflict. The New Communist Party proudly stands by the DPRK and condemns all the imperialist threats against the peace-loving state.

The USA is the only country to have ever used nuclear weapons on a civilian population. It has made threats against others that do not have them. Britain, like the USA, is a major arms supplier and maintains a military presence in a number of sensitive areas to escalate tensions – notably in the South China Sea and Black Sea regions.

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People’s China is a permanent member of the Security Council and is the only one to advocate the complete prohibition and total destruction of all nuclear weapons. It calls for a halt to nuclear proliferation and urges work towards universal nuclear disarmament. The USA with its vast stocks of nuclear weapons, spread round the world, may be in breach of the non-proliferation treaty. China also calls for a pledge not to be the first to use nuclear weapons, for all nuclear weapons to be withdrawn to their home territory and for the banning of all space weapons.

The NCP supports the efforts of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and other peace movements that advocate unilateral nuclear disarmament by Britain. No-one would have any interest or reason to attack Britain. Communist policy also advocates the immediate scrapping of the Trident weapons system that forms part of the US global nuclear strategy. The NCP also demands the immediate cancellation of the insane AUKUS project.

Money spent freely on the new imperialist cold-war strategy is urgently required for vital projects and services such as helping the NHS, improving education, council-house building, the prompt repair of potholes and greatly improved pensions. The NCP calls for new priorities and new thinking to build a better and safer world.

Britain has obediently, meekly and without any conscience whatsoever supported US imperialism in its quest for world hegemony. Under a cloak of hypocrisy, it is the imperialist powers who have become the real purveyors of genocide as they attempt to terrorise and bully weaker nations throughout the world. NCP policy calls for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all British overseas bases, the end to foreign military ‘training’ schemes and to the occupation of all countries by imperialist powers.

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The NCP calls for justice in the Middle East. We call for acceptance of the Palestinian Right of Return and an end to the oppression of the Palestinian people. Successive US administrations have posed as peacemakers whilst actively supporting those who deny basic human rights. China has made repeated proposals for peace in the Middle East, calling for Israel to exercise restraint, lifting of the blockade and supporting a two-state solution. Communists also call for imperialist occupation forces and their stooges to be withdrawn immediately from Syria.

Following the end of the Cold War against the USSR the Warsaw Pact was dissolved. NATO, which had always claimed to be a defensive organisation, remained and embarked upon aggression to destroy Yugoslavia and later the Libyan government, whilst expanding eastwards to threaten Russia. The Labour Party shamefully remains an enthusiastic supporter of NATO and the actions of the USA, and many of its leading members are bitterly anti-Chinese.

An important corner-stone of NCP policy is the struggle for peace. The NCP condemned the imperialist-engineered coup that overthrew the democratically elected government in Ukraine and brought ultra-nationalists into power. The NCP supports the people’s republics of the Donbas in the face of the fascist threat from Kiev.

The NCP also condemns the use of drones by the USA and Britain under the pretext of combating terrorism. Sovereign borders have been violated for acts that have not only killed terrorists but also hundreds of innocent civilians, to be brushed off as collateral damage. A number of important leaders have been targeted. Iranian general Qasem Soleimania was assassinated at Baghdad International Airport by a US drone attack whilst he was on his way to meet with the Iraqi prime minister.

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As the crisis of imperialism deepens the struggle for markets and influence intensifies and the USA becomes more aggressive. President Eisenhower’s warnings of the dangers from the Industrial Military Complex have been ignored. Vast profits are made from the sale of arms and lobby groups have a vested interest in stoking tensions. War correspondents are frequently prevented from going into the field of battle and are forced to rely on reports from ‘experts’ who may sanitise war and the horrors inflicted.

“Above All We Treasure Peace” was a Soviet slogan from the period of peaceful co-existence; a call which the NCP is proud to be associated with. The important task now is for the Labour movement to re-assert itself in the struggle for peace, especially in the face of US-stoked tensions around Ukraine and Taiwan. The NCP demands major cuts to military expenditure and the switching of resources to peaceful and civil projects in order to build a better world in which we may all live in peace.