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View from the LEFT: US ‘imperialism’

ISIS and other extremist Islamic groups have arisen as a product of US intervention and assistance.

By: Express News Service |
August 20, 2014 3:42:55 am

Talking about the US air strikes in Iraq, the CPM journal, People’s Democracy, has claimed that “US imperialism is once again intervening in Iraq in a duplicitous manner”.

“The ISIS and other extremist Islamic groups have arisen as a product of US intervention and assistance. It was during the US occupation of Iraq that al-Qaeda took root in northern Iraq. It is these forces which were supported and encouraged in Syria in the fight against the Assad government by the US and its allies… The ISIS rose as a military force in the Syrian civil war and has now crossed back into Iraq,” an editorial in the latest issue has said.

Accusing the US of being “caught in a web of contradictions of its own making”, it writes: “The US military interventions to outset the secular Arab governments first in Iraq and later in Libya have been accomplished by financing and supporting the Islamist forces and sectarian militias.” Emphasising that the US must “stop this military intervention in Iraq”, the editorial concludes that the “ISIS can be isolated and checked only by the forces of secular nationalism”.

New government

The CPI’s New Age has accused the government of representing the “combination of corporate, right reactionary ideology and the worst forms of communalism”. “The Narendra Modi government has within two months bared its true intentions. It has shamelessly pushed through the economic policies that were also implemented by the previous regime… Similarly the government is surrendering to pressures from multinationals whose cause is being promoted by Washington, whose top bureaucrats and politicians have become most frequent visitors to New Delhi”, an editorial alleges.

“As the external policies of the country are an extension of the domestic, particularly economic policies, there is reflection of this in the so-called ‘neutrality’ of the Modi sarkar over the brutal and inhuman attack by Israel on Gaza. While the world has denounced the brutality and stark violation of human rights by aggressive Israeli forces, our foreign minister wants to remain neutral as we have diplomatic relations with both parties,” it says.

Questioning the prime minister’s style of functioning, it has argued that he is “making all-out effort to concentrate power under him”. “His style of functioning reflects as if he is not the prime minister under the parliamentary democratic system but running a presidential form of government. For the purpose, even basic parliamentary democratic norms are being openly flouted, risking the annoyance of his own ministers. There is a real danger to our democratic set up,” it concludes.

Independence Day speech

Analysing Modi’s Independence Day speech, CPI(ML) weekly ML Update has said the PM “delivered a sermon or asked rhetorical questions, but artfully avoided speaking of the government’s own accountability” on a range of issues like rape, sex-selective abortion, farmer suicides and communal violence.

“In Modi’s speech, there was a marked silence on the promise of ‘achhe din’, which each of his electoral speeches had harped upon. Far from the promised relief, change and new vision and policies, what Modi’s government, and his I-Day speech are doing is simply to repackage old, unfulfilled schemes as a brand new vision of development,” an editorial states, dissecting each element of the speech.

“The people of India will not be fobbed off with rhetoric anymore. They will be looking at the government’s policies and actions on the ground. And attempts to repackage and rebrand price rise, land grab and exploitation of cheap labour by Indian corporations and MNCs as ‘development’, as well as the politics of communalism and patriarchy being pursued with the blessings of the Central government, will not impress them,” it concludes.

Compiled by Ruhi Tewari

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