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Philippine progressives and revolutionaries condemn attack on Libya

Statement by staff |
March 22, 2011
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The leadership of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) issued an important
press statement, March 22, opposing the war on Libya. The NDFP is the huge Filipino united
front organization that’s fighting for democratic rights and to free the Philippines from foreign

The statement, entitled “Why no ‘no fly zone’ over Gaza? National Democratic Front of the
Philippines condemns imperialist war of aggression against Libya and the Libyan people
” rejects
the military moves made by the U.S., UK, France and their cohorts.

The statement notes, “Under the pretense of protecting the lives of Libyan civilians, these
imperialist powers are violating the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of Libya
and are in the process of destroying the lives and property of the Libyan people. Deceptively
declaring that they are undertaking a so-called humanitarian intervention, they repeat the
imperialist wars of aggression in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

“They aim to set up a puppet government and take over control of Libya's rich oil, gas and
other natural resources. For this purpose, they are coddling and supporting a traitorous and
retrogressive opposition group that brandishes the flag of the former King Idris.”

The statement contrasts the western powers treatment of Israel with that of Libya, noting “The
imperialist powers collaborate with the Zionists in flouting UN resolutions. They refuse to lift
a finger to save the lives of Palestinian civilians: the mothers, children, elderly who have been
subjected to brutal and massive invasion and massacre by the Israeli armed forces in December
2008, January 2009 and to the present day. ..Why is there no ‘no-fly-zone’ over Gaza to protect
the Palestinian victims of Israeli aggression?”

The statement also points out that the western powers have rejected a number of peace
initiatives stating, “Instead of the ‘no-fly-zone’ which has opened the way for the current
imperialist military intervention, the peace plan offered by President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela
and supported by Cuban leader Fidel Castro and four other Presidents of Latin America, which
Libyan leader Moammar Qaddafi has accepted, ought to be carried out. This peace plan
has suggested former US President Jimmy Carter to lead the peace delegation. There is also the
appeal of Qaddafi to the UN Security Council for an emergency session and for the UN to send a
fact-finding mission to Libya.”