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was no corner of the known world where some interest was not alleged
to be in danger or under actual attack. If the interests were
not Roman, they were those of Rome's allies; and if Rome had no
allies, then allies would be invented. When it was utterly impossible
to contrive such an interest why, then it was the national
honor that had been insulted. The fight was always invested with
an aura of legality. Rome was always being attacked by evil-minded
neighbors, always fighting for a breathing space. *The whole world
was pervaded by a host of enemies*, and it was manifestly Rome's
duty to guard against their indubitably aggressive designs.
Joseph Schrumpeter, "The Sociology of Imperialism,"
*Two Essays by Joseph Schrumpeter* (NY: Meridian, 1955).
While the U.S.
President dines with princes and monarchs, and traipses to London
to support his closest political ally (Tony Blair), the people of
England gather in truly impressive numbers, to proclaim their steely
opposition to the man who claims to speak for what he calls, 'the
unions, to antinuclear groups, to Muslim groups, well over a quarter
of a million people filled Trafalgar Square to denounce the Bush-Blair
alliance, and, in the words of many of the speakers, send a message;
"Go Home Bush!"
a Member of the European Parliament (Greens), spoke for many when
she said, "While Bush may have the support of Tony Blair, he
does *not* have the support of the British People!"
Member of the House of Commons (Scottish National) blasted the "disastrous
leadership" of both George Bush and Tony Blair in Iraq. "Half
the world fears Bush," he argued, "the other half loathes
Lucas argued that the demonstration was the "largest"
single, workday protest in London's history.
Bush, who often
claims to love democracy, went out of his way to avoid the voices
of working Britain. He wouldn't even speak to Parliament, for fear
that some heckler would embarrass the 'head of the free world.'
Thus, he attended a few, well-staged
photo ops. What was largely unseen, however, was the virtual army
of cops thrown up as a barrier between him and the people of Britain.
The real tragedy
is that millions of Americans only received passing glimpses of
the vast anti-Bush march in London. With some estimating the number
at over 350,000 people, complete with a papier-mâché,
gilded, 15-foot statue of Bush brought down,
the average American could only see the ridiculous spectacle of
hundreds of reporters stationed to spy the whereabouts of pop star
Michael Jackson, but the latest figure of entertainment masquerading
as news in America.
thousands of average, everyday Britains gather to protest the coming
of an American President; in a nation said to be 'our closest ally',
no less, and it gets 15 seconds of reportage. Three live hours is
dedicated to the possible appearance of
Michael Jackson in handcuffs! And yet, we wonder why Americans know
next to nothing about foreign policy!
a Labour M.P. from the House of Commons, dismissed the claim that
the marchers were (as the U.S. press is fond of claiming) 'Anti-American.'
"We send a message to the American poor," said Corbin,
"to the 40 million who are
without health care, our message: Stand with us against your government!
Stand with us against this ghastly war!"
head of the largest union in Britain (called the T & G) called
Bush and Blair, "Lunatics!", and exhorted the throng to
demand, "Bush Go Home!" (several times!).
In the ill-fated
Iraq Adventure, the voices of people in the nation said to be the
American's "closest ally" bodes ill for its success. The
demonstration revealed that the war has not diminished the antiwar
sentiment amongst the British. One wonders, how does the average
Turk feel about it? The average French person? The average Saudi?
The average citizen of the world?
corporate control over the world's media, we may hear or see less
of those voices; yet we cannot deny they are there, in vast numbers,
away from the cameras of capital.
they are there; and they are growing. Where are their counterparts
among the Americans?
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