US-NATO get out of Libya, hands off Syria! – group

Migrante International condemns in strongest terms the US-led imperialist war of aggression on Libya. The ongoing air strikes and military intervention in Libya encroach upon the Libyan people’s national sovereignty and right to self-determination and continue to endanger the lives of Libyan nationals and thousands of migrants.

Behind the US-led imperialist war of aggression on Libya is also the ulterior motive to control Libya’s oil and natural gas reserves which Libyan leader Muammar Gadaffi has refused to subject under imperialist powers over the years.

The first US-NATO attacks earlier this year came on the very eve of the anniversary of US war of aggression on and invasion of Iraq in 2003, also justified as a “humanitarian rescue mission” but was enforced for the very same hidden agenda. This time around, the escalation of US-NATO attacks continue as the whole world is set to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks that has spawn US’ so-called war on terror. Ironically, as 9/11’s tenth anniversary nears, the number of casualties of succeeding US wars of aggression in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya has exceeded the number of victims of the tragedy itself – brought about by interventionist wars prompted not by “humanitarian reasons” but imperialist greed for oil.

Imperialist greed for oil is further exposed eight years after the invasion of Iraq as not a single weapon of mass destruction has been found since. Instead, US corporations, oligarchs and other imperialist economies have entrenched upon and exploited the Iraqi oil economy after the fall of Saddam Hussein.

As in Iraq, imperialist powers are taking advantage of the ongoing civil war in Libya through a direct interventionist war. Imperialist governments are clearly in connivance with each other to topple Gaddafi and replace him with a puppet government that would willingly open up Libya’s nationalized oil industry to imperialist control. For them, the invasion of Libya is a strategic move as it is home to the 9th largest oil reserves worldwide and controls the 25th largest oil firm in the world. To topple Gaddafi and replace him with a subservient leader would greatly serve imperialist interests not only in Libya but also in other oil-rich countries in the Middle East-North Africa region.

 Meanwhile, recent statements from the US and its European allies also indicate another threat of an interventionist war in conflict-ridden Syria. Syria presents a different case than Egypt and Libya in that the US has very little direct influence on Syrian President Bashar Assad and his internal affairs. Assad, however, has wider ties with Europe and other Arab nations, thus making it more complicated for the US to maneuver in the region. With the present conflict in Syria, it is now feared that the US will once again take advantage of the leverage to impose an interventionist war with the aim to install a puppet government.

Migrante International also condemns the blatant massacre and threat on the lives of the Libyan people and other residents, including at least 15,000 Filipinos who are still in Libya. Of the total population of Filipinos in Libya, only a little over 14,000 have been safely evacuated to nearby countries and 8,000 repatriated back to the Philippines. Likewise, Migrante International expresses grave concern for the safety of at least 20,000 OFWs who are currently in Syria, 95 percent of them household workers and undocumented.

The Philippine government, in resonance with imperialist forces, chooses to condone the militarist attacks and has declared all-out support for the US-led interventionist war despite the grave and serious threat on the lives of tens of thousands of Filipinos. None other than the Aquino administration and US-led imperialist powers should be held accountable should a single drop of Filipino blood be sacrificed in the imperialist war for oil.

Migrante International calls on overseas Filipino workers, their families and all freedom-loving Filipinos to condemn the imperialist war of aggression on Libya and the Philippine government’s tolerance of blood for oil. Migrante International also demands the immediate evacuation and repatriation of the remaining Filipinos in Libya and Syria.

No blood for oil!

US-NATO get out of Libya! Hands off Syria!

Save the lives of OFWs in Libya and Syria!

Down with imperialism!