First Published:The Workers’ Advocate Vol. 6, No. 3, May 12, 1976.
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Today the Angolan people led by UNITA, the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola, are heroically and gloriously fighting for the freedom of their homeland against the Soviet-Cuban army of occupation. The “end” of the war announced by the Soviet aggressors and the obliging U. S. imperialist news agencies only meant that the Angolan people had shifted from fighting a conventional war - in which heavy, sophisticated weaponry including jet aircraft, rocket artillery, tanks and missiles can compensate for a while for a lack of popular support – to the warfare perfected by the Angolan people in their war of national liberation against U. S. imperialist-backed Portuguese colonialism. There is no longer a civil war in Angola. As Comrade Sangumba, Minister of Foreign Affairs of UNITA, points out in the interview below: “MPLA is no longer fighting UNITA and the FNLA, but Cuban mercenaries are fighting the people of Angola on behalf of Russian social-imperialism.” The war in Angola is now the second anti-colonial struggle of the Angolan people – the Angolan people who never ceased struggling for 500 years against Portuguese colonialism are now fighting Russian colonialism. The Soviet aggressors should not be too overjoyed at their “victory” – they have lifted a big rock only to drop it on their own feet!
It is very significant that those Americans who refused to oppose Soviet social-imperialism but instead became the public-relations men and agents for Soviet aggression in Angola, have in fact thereby capitulated in front of U. S. imperialism also. A liberated and totally independent Angola would be outside the sphere of imperialist exploitation and U. S.-Soviet contention. The U.S. imperialists have therefore preferred a colonial government of national betrayal dominated by the Soviet social-imperialists to a truly liberated Angola, Comrade Sangumba points out below that ”the multi-national corporations, which during the struggle against Portuguese colonialism financed the Portuguese colonial army, are now financing the Soviet and Cuban armies. Last week, Gulf Oil paid to the MPLA-Luanda government $102 million and the other multi-national corporations are about to do the same. Thus the U. S. imperialists have colluded with the Soviet social-imperialists in Angola in order to serve the interests of their ever-fiercer contention with the Soviet New Tsars for hegemony in Southern Africa and the whole world. And the U. S. imperialists have not been mistaken in their estimate of the nature of a government of national betrayal. The Communiques from UNITA (reprinted below [not included here – EROL]) show that the government of national betrayal has concluded a shameful deal with the U.S. imperialist-backed racist regime of the Union of South Africa and have pledged themselves to protect South African interests in the Cunene Dam as well as to betray the cause of the Namibian freedom fighters by trying to prevent their use of (UNITA) bases in Southern Angola. It is a lesson written in the blood of the Angolan and Namibian patriots that whoever wishes to oppose U. S. imperialism must, in this day and age, oppose both superpowers, both U.S. imperialism and Soviet social-imperialism.
Angola is a small country, but it is proving to be a great pathfinder for Asia, Africa and Latin America. The victory of the Angolan people will be a defeat for both U. S. imperialism and Soviet social-imperialism. The Workers’ Advocate calls on all progressive people to give full support to the Second Anti-Colonial War of the Angolan people. THE ANGOLAN PEOPLE WILL WIN!