EKS leaflet: The Agenda of the Turkish Bourgeoisie: War, Terror, Chaos and Barbarism

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We are publishing below the text of a leaflet that we have just received from the comrades of the EKS in Turkey, taking position against the threat of war on the border with Iraq.


Once again, the upsetting news of more workers' children being sacrifices for the  brutal war in the South East came. The bourgeoisie and their media started screaming for more blood and chaos as always. As a result, people are now looking for "terrorists" in the street. But why did this happen?

Because the bourgeois state is in a state of crisis which hasn't been openly apparent for a long time. The economic reason at the bottom if this is the fact that the workers in Turkey have no more blood for the bourgeoisie to suck and if that isn't enough, as in the Turkish Airlines yesterday and more strongly in Türk Telekom and Novamed strikes today, they are beginning to resist. Increasing international debts and capital which is becoming more and more fictitious is getting more fragile on the "money market" as it is loaded on workers' backs. The bourgeoisie is pumping racism to continue this situation, thus Kurdish workers are exploited for a cheaper price and Turkish workers are left to miserably degenerate in the streets. The political consequence of this situation is the battle cries we always hear which aren't a solution to anything. The ideological walls of the bourgeois state are cracking every day. The more the outrage workers live in becomes questionable, the more capital will push society into degeneration, decay and decomposition and loses it's social validity which gave it it's meaning in the first place. The response of the bourgeois politicians to the latest massacre is the following.

For the nationalist wing of the bourgeoisie, the issue is, as always, the "conspiracy" organized by the United States. According to them, if the Turkish Armed Forces invade Iraq, "terror will be eradicated". In reality, only three years has passed since the United States itself wanted working class boys from Turkey to go fight other workers in Iraq, however the Turkish bourgeoisie was unable to do this because of their inability to convince workers to go to war and because of their incapability and weakness. The truth is that the Turkish bourgeoisie has always aligned itself with the United States and the Turkish Armed Forces are standing ready to kill workers in Lebanon and Afghanistan if necessary. Thus, contrary to the lie the nationalist wing of the bourgeoisie is trying to make workers believe, there is no conflicting interests between them and American imperialism, quite the contrary there is common interests and the Turkish Armed forces are armed executioners of this alliance. What is more is that not only will any massacre to be done in Northern Iraq will cause more soldiers to die and more "civilians" to be forced into concentration camps and massacred in battlefields, but also it will be countered with more bombs exploding in major cities.

The Islamic and liberal wing of the bourgeoisie is unreliably approving the war with as always. Of course the fact that they have doubts about how the "operation" will take place is only an expression of them trying to get the permission they are trying to get from the United States. For this, they have no other choice but to wait "patiently" to have a compromise with Barzani and Talabani and to massacre the workers in the living sites they'll point to.

As for the left wing of the bourgeoisie, they aren't doing anything other than whining from their high rostrums. Of course they are not interested in hunger, misery, poverty and death of workers. They are bending their rhetoric more and more in front of their masters to protect their position. In short, they prove the pointlessness of the parliaments to us again.

As a result, workers in Turkey too are pulled in the dead end of the the cycle of more war, destruction, terror and chaos that is awaiting the Middle East by the bourgeoisie who neither cares about their lives nor their deaths. Because capitalism can only postpone the execution of  it's unsolvable crisis by dragging humanity into more destruction.

The response of the proletariat keeps enlightening the way forward as we saw in the Telekom strike. A single strike which has been going on for only several days was enough to make the bourgeoisie tremble. Only if workers enter into solidarity with their class to spread those struggles and if workers say no to war internationally can the capitalist massacre be stopped. The way to stop the war and the massacres is not to deepen and widen them but to build class solidarity across borders which reaches every military battlefront. The enemy is not class brothers and sisters in other countries but the capitalists right here, sitting in their warm houses!

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