US Sends Warships, Warplanes and 3,000 Marines to Persian Gulf

페르시아만에 미군 전함, 전투기, 해병대 3,000명 투입

Die USA senden Kriegsschiffe, Kampfflugzeuge und 3.000 Soldaten in den Persischen Golf

EE. UU. envía buques de guerra, aviones de combate y 3000 infantes de marina al Golfo Pérsico

США направляют военные корабли, самолеты и 3000 морских пехотинцев в Персидский залив

EUA envia navios de guerra, aviões de guerra e 3.000 fuzileiros navais ao Golfo Pérsico

No to U.S. sanctions and threats against Iran! Defend Iran in any military confrontation with the U.S. or Israel! No political support for the Mullah regime!

Statement of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), jointly issued by the International Bureau and Internationalist Socialist League (RCIT Section in Israel / Occupied Palestine), 8 August 2023, and

1.           The Pentagon has sent a contingent of more than 3,000 US Navy personnel and Marines together with two warships – the USS Bataan and the USS Carter Hall – to the Persian Gulf. They join a dozen US F-35s, as well as F-16 and A-10 aircraft and Navy guided-missile destroyers that have already arrived in the region in recent weeks and months. This goes hand in hand with a plan to deploy Marines and Navy personnel onboard commercial tanker vessels in the Persian Gulf region, backed up by US warplanes and Navy ships. Tehran responded by saying it was equipping its Revolutionary Guard’s navy with drones and 1,000km range missiles.

2.           The White House claims that the purpose of this deployment is to deter Iranian naval forces from attempts to seize commercial oil tankers. This is utter hypocrisy since it the U.S. which has imposed draconic sanctions against Iran for years and which sizes tankers carrying Iranian fuel. Iran’s actions are basically legitimate measures in self-defence.

3.           It is evident that the deployment of U.S. troops on commercial oil tankers, combined with warplanes and Navy ships, would represent a significant escalation which could result in a war. This would be a development similar to the 1980s – the so-called “tanker war“ – when the U.S. Navy was “protecting” commercial shipping moving through the Persian Gulf. The tragic highpoint of this conflict was the downing of Iran Air Flight 655, a civilian aircraft with 290 people on board, by a missile fired from the cruiser USS Vincennes on 3 July 1988.

4.           The real goal of this deployment is to strengthen the influence and control of U.S. imperialism over the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf and to intimidate Iran, a capitalist semi-colony. This is even more urgent for Washington since it has lost much influence in the region in the past period as the renewal of diplomatic relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia a few months ago, brokered by China, demonstrated.

5.           The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) and the Internationalist Socialist League (RCIT Section in Israel / Occupied Palestine) strongly denounce the deployment of U.S. forces in the region. In case of a military confrontation, we call for the victory of Iranian forces and the defeat of the U.S. (or Israel if it is also involved).

6.           However, we lend no political support to the reactionary Mullah regime. It brutally oppresses its own people, helps the Assad tyranny to drown the Syrian Revolution in blood and aids Russian imperialism in its war of aggression against the Ukrainian people.

Down with imperialist sanctions against Iran!

In any military conflict between the US and its allies against Iran resp. pro-Iranian forces: for the defeat of the imperialists and the victory of their opponents!

Expel the US forces and its allies from the Middle East!

Solidarity wit the Iranian workers and popular masses protesting against the Mullah regime! Support the Syrian Revolution! Long live the heroic Palestinian people fighting against the Zionist state!

For a free and red Palestine from the River to the Sea! For a socialist federation in the Middle Wast

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