In the News March 22
23rd Anniversary of NATO Bombing of Yugoslavia – March 24, 1999
Statement of CPC(M-L), March 25, 1999
The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) vigorously condemns the criminal aggression unleashed against Yugoslavia by the aggressive NATO military alliance under the auspices of the U.S. imperialists and other big powers. CPC(M-L) condemns the Chrétien Liberals for involving Canadian planes and forces in this criminal action and demands that Canadian forces be immediately withdrawn, that Canada get out of NATO and that NATO be dismantled.
Canada calls itself a peace-loving nation. It presently has the chair of the Security Council. It is duty-bound to support the established principles of international law. This means Canada must oppose the use of force or threat of the use of force in international affairs, foreign interference into the internal affairs of sovereign nations, and the creation of pretexts under the guise of high ideals to justify what cannot be justified.
This aggression under the auspices of NATO marks the first time in its fifty-year history as an aggressive military alliance that NATO has attacked a sovereign country in outright violation of established principles and international law. The use of NATO is also to circumvent the United Nations Security Council so as to bypass the veto power of both Russia and China which oppose the use of force against Yugoslavia. Furthermore, historically the control of the Balkans has been central to the control of Europe. The U.S. is seeking to establish its hegemony over all of Europe, while the other big powers in Europe, especially Britain, Germany and France are seeking to establish their own prerogatives over Europe in contention with U.S. imperialism. The contention of the big powers over control of the Balkans so as to control Europe escalated into World War One. They are seriously endangering the cause of world peace once again, besides committing barbaric crimes against the peoples of the region.
CPC(M-L) also calls on the Canadian workers, women and youth to condemn the Hitlerite propaganda of the U.S. imperialist chieftain William Clinton and the likes of Tony Blair and Jean Chretien who declare that the aggression is a “moral imperative” to “bring peace and stability” to the region, “avert a human catastrophe” and “defend human rights.” It is the interference of the big powers which is behind the suffering of the peoples of the region. They are the ones which finance, arm and incite different factions so as to make sure their interests are served.
A precondition for peace in the region is to demand that the big powers withdraw from the region and leave the peoples to sort out their affairs themselves. It is a big lie that when the peoples are left to sort out their own problems themselves, they resort to fratricidal war; it is an integral part of the Hitlerite technique that if you repeat a lie often enough, it will be believed.
It is important that the Canadian people think things out for themselves and take an active stand in opposing these Hitlerite lies and the use of pretexts to carry out wanton aggression and slaughter and create the conditions for a third world war. The peoples of the Balkans played an extremely heroic role during World War Two against fascist aggression, contributing in no small way to defeating the axis powers and bringing the war to an end.
It is the peoples who are decisive in establishing peace and they must be left alone to sort out their problems themselves. So long as the peoples play a passive role, the big powers will continue to dictate their fate and create the danger of another slaughter of worldwide proportions. Peace will only come to the Balkans when all the imperialist forces are thrown out of the region and the peoples are left to settle their affairs themselves without foreign interference.
Demonstrate Against this Aggression and Canada’s Involvement and Demand
that the Norms of International Relations Be Upheld by Canada!
NATO and All Foreign Powers, Out of the Balkans!
End Canadian Involvement Now!
Leave the Peoples of the Balkans to Settle Their Own Affairs!
Get Canada Out of NATO! Dismantle NATO!
(TML Daily, posted March 22, 2022. TML Weekly Archives)