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The Puppet Makers

recorded 6-18-07

 

1) 2:16 Radio Essay Mp3

 

The Puppet Makers [col.writ. /16/07 (c) Mumia Abu-Jamal

Wherever we look in this chaotic world, we see the U.S. trying to install a network of puppets who owe more to the U.S. than to the people of their own countries.

In simplistic terms, the corporate media pushes the idea of good guys and bad guys, silly  symbols that take us back to the mythic cowboy movies.

In fact, any given leader can be a good guy and a bad guy, depending on when you're talking about. The late Saddam Hussein, now derided almost universally as a dictator, was a prized American ally just a brief time before, receiving a bounty of U.S. arms and yes, weapons of mass destruction.  As long as Saddam was using his weapons against Iran, all was well.

Today, an Iraqi puppet sits precariously on the National throne, a creation of U.S. power as surely as was the late Shah of Iran.

Afghanistan presents an almost identical snap-shot: a 'leader' supported on a throne of U.S. bayonets; in a word, a puppet.

Why is it the business of the U.S. to appoint leaders for other nations?

What's right about that? What's democratic about it?

We don't question it, because it's so deep in National and International experience.

National?

While many people know about the FBI's harassment of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., how many of us know that the government tried to replace him as a Black leader, and replace him with someone who was malleable?

During the 1975 Senate Select Committee Hearings on FBI crimes and misdemeanors against American citizens (otherwise known as COINTELPRO), Senator Walter Mondale (D-Minn.) summarized the January 1964 memo which described this attempt:

    Senator Mondale: That was the memo in which it was proposed that King be destroyed as a civil rights leader, and that the FBI ought to sponsor his replacement by another person not in the civil rights movement?

    Mr. Epstein: That is correct.

    Senator Mondale: and Hoover personally appreciated that suggestion; is that correct?

    Mr. Epstein: He OK'd it. [p.59]

The Imperial instinct, of placing puppets over other people, didn't begin abroad; it didn't start when one crossed the border. It began in the U.S., in an attempt to control and channel a popular movement.

That's because empires begin at home; in essence, they export the methods they use at home, abroad.

(c) '07 maj

 

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A Life in the Black Panther Party*, from South
End Press (http://www.southendpress.org); Ph.
#1-800-533-8478.] 

"When a cause comes along and you know in your bones that it is
just, yet refuse to defend it--at that moment you begin to die.
And I have never seen so many corpses walking around talking about
justice." - Mumia Abu-Jamal

MUMIA'S COLUMNS NEED TO BE PUBLISHED AS BROADLY
AS POSSIBLE TO INSPIRE PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT AND
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