THE WAR IN KOREA IS A WARNING SIGNAL to all the peoples
of the world who long for nothing more than an assurance of peace.
In every part of the world, the imperialist powers that triumphed in the
Second World War laid the powder barrels for the explosion of the Third
World War. Now one of these powder barrels has exploded. If the war in
Korea does not immediately touch off the Third World War, it is only because
neither of the two rival imperialist blocs is as yet prepared for it.
But now that shooting has started in Korea, the conquest of this small
country is precisely one of the steps needed in the preparations for the world
war, and the conflict in that country does and can do nothing but bring the
world closer to the outbreak of the global war.
THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE WAR IN KOREA does not fall upon the shoulders
of the Korean people. It is not their war. They and their land have been
made the pawns in a bigger war, its innocent and helpless victims.
It is not our war, either, the war of the people of this or any other country.
The responsibility for it falls entirely upon the shoulders of the two big
powers in whose interests it is being fought. It is these two powers, the United
States and Russia, with their allies and satellites as accomplices, which committed
the great crime against the Korean people at the Yalta and subsequent
The black history of imperialism contains no episode that surpasses the
partition of Korea in the cynicism with which the interests and opinion of a
people were ignored by their foreign traducers. A knife was drawn through
the living body of Korea at the 38th parallel. Neither of the two powers that
thus divided the spoils even pretended that this division was needed by the
Korean people or corresponded to any interest they might conceivably have.
The line aribtrarily cutting the country in two parts, each capable of
living without the other, was drawn with the shameless proclamation that the
mutilation of this country was required by the interests of two other countries.
It is only a logical development that today the war in Korea is not in the interests
of its people, its national sovereignty and democratic aspirations, but
is required only by the conflict of interests between the powers that cut it in
The country once divided, both the United States and Russia installed
puppet regimes over the people, in the South and the North respectively.
Struggle between them for supremacy was as inevitable as the division of the
country was unendurable. But the war that broke out and is now raging is not
who are already urging that a preventive war be launched against Russia by
inundating it quickly with atom bombs.
THE INDEPENDENT SOCIALIST LEAGUE, therefore, protests against the ravishing
of Korea by the two imperialist rivals. We urge the labor movement of this
country, which has remained disgracefully silent in face of the Korean events,.
to proc1am its complete independence from the imperialist policy of the. American
government, as it has already rightly proclaimed its complete hostilIty to
the policy of the Stalinist regime, and to renounce all responsibility for the
course of either camp in the Korean war.
The program of social legislation which the labor movement has I?ade
the center of its political fight will necessarily be undercut as the war sltua·
tion develops, along with democratic and civil liberties, as long as labor subordinates
its own interests to U. S. foreign policy. The "fair deal" which labor
has dreamed of establishing under capitalism cannot even be fought for successfully
while labor has no policy independent of the existing "Fair Deal" of
the Truman administration, which has steered the country into the present
Unless the powerful labor movement adopts,an independent policy of .its
own, .based upon militant 'opposition to all imperialism and an aggressl~e
championing of a genuinely democratic policy all over the ~orld, peace wlll
remain the precarious interlude that it, is today, and the Third World War,
with all its horrors and barbarism, will prove to be inevitable.
If it does adopt and pursue such a policy, it can become the rallying center
of all the peace-loving peoples of the world and a powerful guarantee of
that peace which we must have in order to solve the problems that face us all.
POLITICAL COMMITTEE, INDEPENDENT SOCIALIST LEAGUE