The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
Libya: Stop the Aggression
The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly condemns the aerial bombardment by aircrafts and ship-based missiles on Libya by the Nato forces. The military strikes by the Nato forces comprising France, Britain and the United States are a dangerous act of aggression. The Nato is now repeating what it did in Iraq, which led to deaths of millions of people and large scale destruction. Already forty eight people are reported dead in the attacks on the first day.
Despite the rhetoric about protecting the Libyan people, this act of aggression is a gross violation of Libya’s sovereignty and a calculated intervention in an internal conflict to bring about regime change. The hypocrisy of the Western powers can be seen in their connivance with the Saudi military intervention to crush the popular and peaceful revolt in Bahrain. The West has no compunction in resorting to force to secure its interests in oil-rich Libya and the Middle East.
The Security Council resolution on Libya has been utilized by the Nato for this attack. The five members of the Security Council, which includes India, who abstained on the resolution should immediately demand a review of the resolution. Till then there has to be a halt to the military action by Nato.
The CPI(M) calls upon all the democratic and progressive forces in India to strongly protest yet another military aggression by America and its allies on an Arab-African country.
This statement was issued by the CPI(M) on 20 March 2011. For more information, visit: <www.cpim.org>.