American attitude concerns SACP

2018-02-21 06:01

Patrick Bosiame, provincial spokesperson, South African Communist Party (SACP):

The SACP in the Northern Cape is disturbed to see the political attack on Venezuela and Cuba by the American regime.

It is ironic that it is this same government that refused to implement sanctions against Apartheid South Africa saying that it would “hurt the very people it was meant to help”.

The American government has long interfered in South and Central American politics, overtly and covertly.

That President Donald Trump picks up the baton in this blatant disregard for the will of the people of these independent nations should not be surprising. Our error would be to see his action as maverick and the behaviour of an individual out of control.

He is completely under the control of capital and the true captains of America. We must see his action as representative of the American regime for as long as the regime refuses to distance itself from Trump’s comments and remove him from office.

Trump reflects what many of these right-wing senators and powerful players in the American economy think and feel, but are too guarded to say in public.

In short, they are able to implement policies they have long prepared and kept in waiting. Trump is their scapegoat. Western Democracy is a fallacy. What the United States calls a multi-party democracy is also a farce – there are really only two parties and actually both are very much alike.

Their foreign policies remain the same and they differ mainly in domestic matters and not even fundamentally.

Trump presents an opportunity to push ahead with their “America First” mentality, while we stand aside bemused that it is the workings of a single individual.

Many were fooled when Obama came into power.

Progressive thinkers and nations were so enamoured that a black man could be voted in in a country with a past littered with legislated racial discrimination that we failed to notice that, mostly, he continued the policies of the previous governments.

In fact, under his command, America had more troops on foreign soil than at any time before. The divisive and interfering methodology in countries and regions where America had vested interests continued under the guise of rescuing people.

Every country where they have claimed to intervene in the interest of the people has been left in ruins and the people in much worse conditions, most having to flee.

Obama was given enough space to express himself and assert some sort of semblance of power and Trump will be provided that illusion too.

However, when any president steps too far, they will be reigned in and so will the policy changes that have their personal trademark.

Obama’s situation was tragic, because he did show understanding and there is no reason to believe that some of his gestures were genuine expressions, such as extending a hand to Cuba.

However, for the most part he played the role required of him. The same could be said of any other modern-day American president, whether a Kennedy or a Nixon.

Trump is no accident and neither was Obama. Each was required for the times that they were in. The powers in America have stunned us each time into inaction, each time for different reasons. Under Trump we are so stunned into disbelief that we fail to see the policies getting passed under our noses.

Trump was supported by senators, business and by a large part of the American population manipulated into voting for him.

Political commentators failed to read the situation (even misjudging the early showing of support for Bernie Sanders as some sort of indication of a significant move to progressive, socialist thinking).

Our task is to constantly ensure we read the situation right and to expose oppressive behaviour. In war time, laying siege to a city was part of military strategy. That America lays siege to nations through sanctions and sustains a barrage of disparaging comments meant to humiliate and demoralise, should be seen as acts of aggression not dissimilar to war-time activity.

The SACP pledges its support to the people of Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua and all peace-loving people of Latin America.

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