Volume III, Number 17. 15 September 2021.
The Filipino people join the American people in remembering the thousands who perished in the deadly acts of terrorism in the United States on September 11th 2001. We reaffirm our condemnation of those acts of terrorism which unleashed violence aimed at countless civilian lives.
The Bush government pointed its fingers at Osama Bin Laden and the al-Qaeda group, who were once themselves allied and served US wars of intervention in Afghanistan and the Middle East. The acts of terror of September 11th marked the start of a bigger and more vicious war of terror.
US imperialists used 9/11 as justification to erode the American people’s democratic rights and mount a global war of terror.
‘Homeland Security’ has become equated with invasion of privacy, infiltration of communities, surveillance on political parties, SWAT raids, violent repressions of protests and war against immigrants and refugees. The USA Patriot Act served as legal cover for unleashing wars of intervention and aggression and the exercise of unilateralism. The US arrested hundreds of ‘terror suspects’, including children, imprisoned them and subjected to the worst forms of torture, inhuman treatment, illegitimate military trials and murder by apparent suicide.
The US has spent an estimated US$7.18 trillion in various wars since 2001. It maintains at least 750 military bases in 80 foreign countries with 220,000 troops stationed permanently. It has since carried out ‘counterterror operations’ in at least 85 countries. Estimates put the number of lives lost at 900,000 and the displacement of 37 million people, as a consequence of US wars since 2001.
Since 2001, the US has regarded the Philippines as its ‘second front’ in its global war on terror. It has maintained hundreds of military personnel in various bases across the country. In exchange for US military aid, the reactionary Philippine government enacted in 2007 the Human Security Act, recently amended as the Anti-Terrorism Law of 2020, which undermines basic democratic rights and is now being used as a weapon for intimidation and suppression. The National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict was conceived in line with the US Counterinsurgency Manual.
The US is the biggest arms supplier of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. American troops directly participate in combat operations and are involved in the killing of civilians. US-supported drone surveillance and aerial bombing campaigns unleash terror among the rural population where these are disproportionately used against guerrilla units of the New People’s Army.
Despite its recent defeat in Afghanistan, US imperialists have no plans to put an end to its endless wars across the globe. The past 20 years is a continuum of the US policy of waging war in line with its economic interests and geopolitical strategy – from Vietnam to Kosovo, to Kuwait and Iraq, from the Middle East to the African continent – resulting in the massive loss of lives, destruction of property, socioeconomic crises and outright violations of national sovereignty.
The oppressed and exploited people around the world, including the American people, must firmly stand and demand an end to the US global war of terror. They must demand the dismantling of US military bases around the world, the abrogation of one-sided military treaties, and an end to foreign military support for oppressive regimes, US military intervention, overseas military operations, and drone warfare being conducted by the US in different parts of the world.
Excerpted from ‘End the 20-year global war of terror of the US imperialists’, Communist Party of the Philippines. 11 September 2021.