Challenging Imperialist Blockade, by Adel Samara, Occupied Palestine

First of all, I like to tackle the subject from a different angle, i.e. to substitute the term New World Order by Renewing Internationalism. It is because, at least until now, the term World Order was coined and applied by imperialism albeit covered by bourgeois ideology in politics, human rights, and academic discourse.

Before analyzing the US war of the blockade against Cuba, Venezuela, Iran, and Syria, etc, I like to remind all of us of some important points which are highly related to the topic of the discussion:

First: The blockade was launched against the socialist revolution in USSR following the October revolution 1917 and later against most socialist countries around the globe. In the case of USSR, the imperialist military invasion was launched directly against the USSR and when the military invasion failed the enemy continued its war through an economic blockade.

Ironically, the imperialists called the USSR and later Eastern Europe the regimes of Iron Curtain, but in fact, it is the blockade which gradually encouraged the former socialist countries to develop economic policies for their own i.e. separated as much as possible from the so-called World Order which was and still is a capitalist order. This military invasion and economic aggression were the premises which later on Samir Amin used to develop his theory of delinking. But the invasion itself and the Civil War (in Russia) in addition to the Tsar’s participation in the First Imperialist War (1914-1918) and the imperialist’s invasion and economic blockade cost the USSR a lot if not most of the real and expert communists in the Communist party.

As a result of those forms of war, the USSR paid a high price in material and human losses: lot of civilian victims in addition to famine and diseases. The goal was to terminate the socialist regime, and if not to block its development as long as possible.

The policy of terminating socialist and progressive regimes all over the globe was ignored by the ruling classes in the core capitalist countries. Imperialist aggressive blockade policies against many other countries, i.e. North Korea as obvious examples.

Second: While boycotting is a progressive policy adopted by the colonized peoples, unfortunately, the opposite is the case in many countries of the periphery. For instance:  

a.     The Zionist settler’s leadership in Palestine early in 1918, i.e. thirty years before the creation of the Settler Zionist Ashkenazi Entity (ZAE) based on the eviction of our people from our Homeland was agitating their consumers not buy Arab products.

b.     Foreign trade of many countries which are now under US trade blockade/aggression have s a strong trade relationship with the US and the imperialist Triad!

Blocking Development

It is necessary here to explain the imperialist blockade in its larger context as a policy or even a strategy of Polarization to block the periphery’s development and to keep its economic practice working in harmony with the logic of the interests of the center not for its’ own.

This strategy includes the imperialist aggressive goal to fight any new pole which might compete with its colonial interests. That is why the trade war has been launched especially against China.

As for the blockade aggression against the countries which we are discussing, it must be noted that US imperialism insists on not allowing any country of a progressive, Self-Reliance, nationalist progressive and developmental regime to stand and serve its people. Those countries are considered out of the US hegemony and must be subjugated.

The imperialists are, first of all, motivated by their colonial interests in those countries even were those countries did not adopt radical strategies i.e.:

       Development by Popular Protection DbPP

      or Delinking

To elaborate, the trade relationship between imperialism and the countries under discussion, still in the range of Unequal exchange which is mainly for the benefit of the center. But still, the center is worried that the orientation of those countries will or might end by adopting Development by Popular Protection and delinking which will liberate their economies from the domination and exploitation of the capitalist center.

In addition to the aforementioned, the imperialists are worried that the progressive policies of countries blockade might expand to their neighboring countries which will threatens imperialist aggressive interests.

What really matters for imperialism – as a high, but might be not the highest, stage of capitalism – was never and never will be be human rights, dictatorships, totalitarianism, democracy, women, ethnicities…etc, what matters for imperialism is accumulation and accumulation.

Accordingly, imperialism as an enemy of humanity looking towards at the world in general, and the societies of the countries we are talking about in particular, as spaces for profit, stealing, plundering, and in the best cases unequal exchange.

For imperialism, peoples do not count, and their suffering and poverty, life deterioration, life expectancy, diseases, illiteracy…etc are never considered by the criminal imperialists despite their false propaganda through their huge media apparatus.

As for geography, in Latin America, Cuba was and still is first directly targeted enemy for the US imperialism as a socialist regime which was never surrendered despite decades of the blockade, direct invasion, the loss of  USSR support, and even a lot of fake left’s campaigns against the content of its socialism. Cuba’s steadfastness will stay as a direct challenge against US imperialism and even all counter-revolution (CR) as a symbol of socialism even in a small one country despite its’ limited resources, tiny population, the blockade, and even its’ geographic location being far from good neighbors.

Venezuela the last the progressive regime in South America especially after the dismantling of Merecusor and the “legal” conspiracy against Lula and Delma in Brazil where the corrupt Tamer left the seat for a copy of Trump and Modi of India as fascists who us, Politicized Religion (PR) for the sake of capitalism, exploitation, colonialism, and finally accumulation. For US imperialism, any form of unity in South America is a Red Line.

Iran – as a regime which adopts independent internal development and one that is building a new relationship with the East and protecting itself by its military might – is now targeted by imperialism and accused of planning to invade the dependent Gulf – Oil- Rental Entities.

 The case of globalized war including imperialist blockade, terrorist war by Arab regimes and forces of PR, Zionist aggression and Ottoman’s colonialism was never limited to Syria alone. The US, (but even the triad US, EU, and Japan) imperialisms as the leadership of Counter-Revolution’s strategy including the ZAE and comprador Arab regimes, are dedicating time and efforts against any form of Arab unity and against Arab nationalism because it is the only real challenge to imperialism, Zionism, and dependent Arab comprador regimes.

To elaborate: here we must consider that the blockade against the aforementioned countries might be the beginning of a global imperialist war. In fact, this war is currently practiced on three fronts:

a. Proxy military wars launched on behalf of the capitalist center by ZAE, Arab regimes, and forces of Politicized Religion, coup d’état as the case of Mali…etc

b. Direct imperialist blockade wars against Cuba, Venezuela, Iran, Syria and many other countries.

c. Global economic war against China, Russia and even trade clashes with many European countries despite the fact that the EU, in the final analysis, supports US aggressive policies.

Humanity must be highly aware that imperialism might launch a global war in an era where other countries are exceeding it in economic development and power.

What’s to be done?

The above narration of the effects of imperialist continuous wars which is really important by itself, but we must tackle it as a motive and duty of how to build revolutionary policies and strategy in a confrontation of antagonistic contradiction nature.

As Marxism, in fact, is an open theory for new contributions in social, economic, scientific and political …etc aspects, all of us are invited to contribute to this development on the bases of:

a. The scientific content of the theory

b. And the world reality especially the events which mainly took place by itself, not by our own will.

Then, how to tackle the events of the current time?

It is time for renewing internationalism to challenge imperialist various wars especially blockade war which is mainly against popular classes.

The failure of socialist regimes has highly attributed the state bureaucracy as socialism from above. The lesson is that, the state as a class tool has failed to achieve socialism because delinking commanded from above did not replace development by Popular Protection which obliges the state to adopt delinking strategy, i.e. our struggle must be beyond delinking as a state decision.

The popular classes must breed their revolutionary party and delegate it to adopt and fight for Development by Popular Protection as a paradigm where people are: investing, producing, and consuming their local/national products. This paradigm is composed of:

  1. An alternative popular economy separated from the state formal economy which integrated with the world capitalist market.
  2. Concentrating on producing local needs through cooperatives.
  3. Challenging consumerism, consume local products, and products of friendly countries.
  4. Obliging the state to follow and adopt the paradigm of Development by Popular protection.
  5. When the people’s struggle reaches a stage when the state adopts Development by Popular Protection paradigm, it will be able to move to adopt delinking and finally towards some form of socialism.
  6. Here delinking while adopted by the state, it comes from below, from the people.

The struggle for Development by popular Protection is the direct social confrontation against blockade, and delinking will be the second stage towards socialism.


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