MANIFESTO

OF THE EASTERN BUREAU OF THE ECCI

AGAINST THE WAR IN MOROCCO


8 June 1925 Inprekorr, v, 93, p. 1264, 12 June 1925


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The Painleve-Briand-Caillaux Government has launched a war in Morocco that Herriot had for months been preparing, in agreement with the Resident General Marshal Lyautey. The imperialism of the left bloc, concealed behind symbolic gestures of peace, is now seen to be as dangerous as the imperialism of the national bloc.

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The proposals for negotiations made by Abd el Krim were systematically rejected by Lyautey and Herriot, who organized a blockade of the Rifis.

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Events in Morocco in 1907-11 and the stroke at Agadir were the forerunners of the great battles of 1914-18. The robber campaign now being conducted by France against the Rif again threatens to provoke serious international complications. Italy and England, as well as France and Spain, are interested in plundering Morocco.

France is waiting for Spain's defeat to annex the Rif area.

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England and Italy are awaiting a suitable moment to claim their share of the booty for the sake of their national prestige.

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The socialist leaders, who belong to the left bloc and support the Government, are equally guilty with Herriot of preparing the war, and with Painleve of launching it and carrying it on. They are the same as they were in 1914, giving an ideological cover to the imperialist adventure of the left bloc.

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and helping to spread lies about the peaceful and legitimate character of the events in Morocco.

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If the democrats and social-democrats of the left bloc do not demand the complete destruction of the Rif Kabyles as openly as do the reactionary imperialist clique of the national bloc, that is only for tactical reasons and with the object of the better deceiving the broad masses of peasants and workers, who are opposed to the war.

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The war in Morocco will be long and murderous, and will provoke new conflicts and new international complications between the rival imperialists. England will resist to the utmost the establishment of a French Gibraltar on the conquered Rif shores, and is intriguing in Spain to prevent an understanding between the two countries.

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Italian imperialism is exploiting these events to demand Tunis; it is condemning French ambitions in order to mask its own desire for colonial expansion and to conceal the preparations it is making to this end in Tripoli.

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The horrors of the last war will be as nothing in comparison with what may now be unleashed on the world by murderous imperialism and militarism.

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Comrades!

Workers and peasants!


The Communist International warns you of the danger and summons you to call it to a halt. On you alone does it depend to put an end to this slaughter. Unite and organize, and raise such a protest that your criminal governments will retreat and hasten to conclude peace with the Rif Kabyles.



 

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