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Assata Shakur's Statement on Mumia Abu-Jamal; mp3, 1.35 MBs, 1:38

[Col. recorded 10/11/03]

On a MOVE, long live John Africa.

What everybody knows after the mass protests that were held in cities around the earth over half a year ago, is that the forces of the US government could care less about the popular protests that shook the planet. They could care less because they do not serve the interests of the people, but the privileged. They do not serve the many, they serve the few. They serve Wall Street, Petroleum Row, Harkin Oil and Halliburton. In their heart of hearts democracy is just a dirty word. They don't really care about the latest rounds of protest that are being raised against the war. They have their hands on the levers of power and they don't want to let go. Those who dare to lie to the American people to start a needless war could care less that there are millions of people who oppose it. That's why they chose the vehicle of fear, the spector of terrorism to justify the Iraq attack when every school child now know that the Baghdad government had nothing to do with the events of 911.

But the Bush regime has used that fear, that anxiety, that sense of being under attack to stoke the fires of war and now the US is involved in building and protecting a colony in the heart of the Middle East.

That's why.

It isn't enough to simply say "bring the troops home" as some have said. For to do so only means bring them home today and unleash them on some other unsuspecting people tomorrow. That is the recipe for postponing war, not ending it. War is indeed big business, but it more than that. It is a social tool by which governments have always mobilized larger social forces for their political ends. The ends of government- what has this always been?

Power

Why do you think the Bushites have unleashed the somber Ashcroft upon the American people- a man who lost a senate election to a dead man is now the ultimate arbiter of who may exercise civil rights in this new era?

Students are being thrown because politicians don't like their tee shirts, thousands are locked in dark gulags in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. They're denied lawyers, are being held incommunicato and face torture. When some have dared to file suits against the fundamental violations of human rights, they're told that because this site is in Cuba, the US suddenly lacks jurisdiction. What legalized dribble. If the US doesn't have jurisdiction, who does??

Cuba, the UN?? Clearly, the solution to the egregious human rights violations in Guantanamo Bay will not be found in US courts. Just as the solution to these wars, or empire will not be found in anti-war marches. This is but a beginning not an end. To be truly anti-imperialist means to oppose the soft imperialism of the Democrats and the hard imperialism of the Republicans. Both imperialisms are fundamentally wrong, for they begin with the false premise that Americans know best how other people should live their lives and organize their society.

One cannot believe in self-determination and imperialism. Those two views are incompatible. To be truly anti-imperialist means organizing, not demonstrations, but mass movements that pose an alternative to the deadly status quo. It means believing and fighting for the idea that another world is possible, it means thinking of the peoples of this world as the same as us, not them, it means the renunciation of white supremacy, it means a foreign policy truly based upon simple humility instead of domination, it means real transformation of the way things are done here and that means change; revolution.

It means this, or it means nothing.

For if these steps aren't taken, generations will be plunged into bloody and needless wars-wars fought for wealthy elite based on lies and fear and greed. It means a surrender of your children and grandchildren to wars of ignorance, it means in fact, endless war.

NO TO IMPERIAL WAR, DOWN WITH THE BUSH REGIME

From Death Row, this is Mumia Abu-Jamal

On a MOVE, long live John AFrica

Copyright 2003 Mumia Abu-Jamal


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