Masters Of War

Come you masters of war You that build all the guns You that build the death planes You that build all the bombs You that hide behind walls You that hide behind desks I just want you to know I can see through your masks. You that never done nothin' But build to destroy You play with my world Like it's your little toy You put a gun in my hand And you hide from my eyes And you turn and run farther When the fast bullets fly. Like Judas of old You lie and deceive A world war can be won You want me to believe But I see through your eyes And I see through your brain Like I see through the water That runs down my drain. You fasten all the triggers For the others to fire Then you set back and watch When the death count gets higher You hide in your mansion' As young people's blood Flows out of their bodies And is buried in the mud. You've thrown the worst fear That can ever be hurled Fear to bring children Into the world For threatening my baby Unborn and unnamed You ain't worth the blood That runs in your veins. How much do I know To talk out of turn You might say that I'm young You might say I'm unlearned But there's one thing I know Though I'm younger than you That even Jesus would never Forgive what you do. Let me ask you one question Is your money that good Will it buy you forgiveness Do you think that it could I think you will find When your death takes its toll All the money you made Will never buy back your soul. And I hope that you die And your death'll come soon I will follow your casket In the pale afternoon And I'll watch while you're lowered Down to your deathbed And I'll stand over your grave 'Til I'm sure that you're dead.------- Bob Dylan 1963

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Hugo Chávez is dead: The fight for socialism lives!


Hugo Chavez
Hugo Chávez is no more. The cause of freedom, socialism and humanity has lost a courageous champion. He died on Tuesday, March 5, at 4.25 pm local time. The news was announced by Vice President Maduro. The President was just 58, and had been 14 years in power. He has been battling cancer for the last two years, but when news of his death was announced, it came as a shock.
Declaration of the International Marxist Tendency
Hugo Chávez is no more. The cause of freedom, socialism and humanity has lost a courageous champion. He died on Tuesday, March 5, at 4.25 pm local time. The news was announced by Vice President Maduro. The President was just 58, and had been 14 years in power. He has been battling cancer for the last two years, but when news of his death was announced, it came as a shock.
As soon as the death of the president was known, people started to gather in the Bolivar squares in the centre of cities and towns across the country. There are many reports of people breaking into tears in the streets or falling silent. Crowds of distraught people gathered outside the military hospital in Caracas where he died. 
The spontaneous outpouring of grief soon turned into a mass demonstration of defiance. As on so many occasions when the Revolution was threatened, the people have taken to the streets of Caracas.
The reason for this outpouring of support and emotion is not difficult to understand. In the eyes of the masses Chávez represents the revolution, their own awakening to political life, the battles waged in the last decade, the feeling that for the first time ordinary working people and the poor were in charge. He represents the man who stood up to imperialism and the oligarchy.
Some superficial bourgeois commentators say that the masses loved Chávez because he ensured improved living standards through themisiones social programs. That of course plays an important role. But it goes beyond that, these social achievements, and they are impressive, were won through struggle, the masses had to mobilise en masse in the streets on several occasions to defend the revolution from the counterrevolutionary oligarchy and imperialism. This is what solidified the relationship of the masses with the president.
Let us not forget that not all were crying last night. In the upper class neighbourhoods in the East of Caracas many were beeping their horns and in Miami, the reactionary escualidos were openly celebrating. The ruling class and imperialism hated Chávez and wanted to get rid of him as quickly as possible, and for the same reasons that the masses supported him.
Demonstrations of grief at the loss of Hugo Chávez were not limited to Venezuela. Throughout Latin America workers and peasant and their organisations expressed their appreciation for the revolutionary leader. Even beyond his own continent, support has been coming from left wing and progressive organisations.
Last night in Caracas and many other cities, the people were chanting: “We are all Chávez ” and “ Chávez lives!” Thousands have gathered in Bolivar Square and marched towards the Miraflores presidential palace, shouting slogans of defiance, “the people united will never be defeated”, “they shall not be back” and “the struggle continues”.
That is the most important thing of all. The masses know that they are in a war, and in war, no matter how many soldiers fall in battle, others will step forward to take their place. Whatever happens, the struggle will continue. That is the message from the streets of Caracas and every other city, town and village.
With all our hearts we sympathise with this honest grief of the people who are weeping openly in the streets of Caracas.  The tears shed by workers and poor people are sincere and express a pure and honest feeling. But as well as the real tears of the masses there are others who are weeping crocodile tears.
The British Foreign Minister William Hague said he was “saddened” to learn of the death, saying Mr Chávez had left a “lasting impression” on Venezuela. The BBC this morning was forced to admit: “He won enduring support among the poor and repeated election victories by using Venezuela's oil wealth to pursue socialist policies.” (BBC News 6 March)
How strange! Those who hated Chávez and did everything possible to undermine him when he was alive  join in a cynical chorus of praise now that he is dead.
The real attitude of the imperialists is expressed by the declarations of Ed Royce (Republican, California), the chairman of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee, who said in a written statement: “Hugo Chávez was a tyrant who forced the people of Venezuela to live in fear. His death dents the alliance of anti-U.S. leftist leaders in South America. Good riddance to this dictator.”
We will have nothing to do with hypocrisy, insincere words and empty rhetoric. We mourn for Hugo Chávez  but we must not be blinded by tears. We must not allow ourselves to be pushed off course. When the mourning is over, the fight must continue. Chávez would expect nothing less. Hugo Chávez was a fighter. If he could speak, his words would be those of Joe Hill, the Swedish-American revolutionary: “Don't mourn. Organize!”

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