Abu-Jamal's Radio Broadcasts
the Rest of the World Thinks
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If the U.S.
media is any measure, there are millions of Americans who probably
couldnt give a rat's patoot about what people in the rest
of the world think about the Americans. In true imperial mode, they
dismiss the ideas and arguments of foreigners, as if they are irrelevant,
or oddly enough, traitorous.
there are some among us who do care about what the rest of the world
thinks about the Americans, and understands that no empire lasts
forever, and that no nation can long antagonize the majority of
peoples of the world.
What the rest
of the world thinks, we think, is important.
While this is
not a scientific method, this is a brief sample of editorials from
papers from throughout the globe. Their opinions may surprise you.
leftist Aftonbladet of last December came the prediction that the
Bush Administration would seek to undermine the credibility of the
U.N. weapons inspectors:
The U.S. administration
had its reply ready well before the dossier was presented... The
United States will as quickly as possible subvert the credibility
of Hans Blix and the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and
With the rise
of the anti-war Franco-German Bloc, one would not be surprised in
the fact that media from these countries oppose U.S. efforts in
the Middle East. But this was so, even in conservative journals,
like Le Figaro of Paris, which, in an editorial scripted by Reynaud
Girard (Dec. 7th), it was wondered why the calls for war are welling
rather than ebbing:
Are UN resolutions
meant to apply to weak nations and be ignored at will by the powerful?...
To date the Iraqis have complied with the U.N. resolution to the
letter... One might have expected that such cooperation from Iraq
would have lessened the tension in the region. Strangely, this is
not the case.
Germany, the left-wing Die Tageszeitung (Dec. 11) noted the queerness
of the president seeking the approval of those who generally oppose
his Iraq policies:
Bush can wage
war on his own; he doesnt need yes men for that. But Bush
is a peculiar sort of character: he actually wants to be urged to
war by all the nay men of the world... The Security Council has
now understood how to delay a war by putting all possible obstacles
in the way, only to let one happen... when Bush wants it.
In the Asian
hemisphere, a small, relatively weak ally of the United States voices
an interesting, and often unheard perspective that hints at the
hypocrisy that lies behind the whole disarmament process. An editorial
in the New Taiwan Weekly (a liberal journal) featured the opinion
of Luyao, who wrote in November last:
The five standing
members of the Security Council, especially the United States, are
the biggest manufacturers of nuclear and biological weapons. What
right do they have to criticize others?
from a 'staunch' U.S. ally, eh?
from the Communist Party weekly in Havana, Granma International
(Dec. 12) came the feeling of imperial inevitability:
At this point
it seems nothing can prevent a war whose only justification will
be the arrogant expansion of imperial domination and the domestic
agenda of the Bush administration... in its effort to maintain a
climate of fear at home.
What the world
thinks is important, for the U.S., despite its out-sized power,
is only 6% of the worlds population. It needs the rest of
the world, whether it acknowledges it or not. It needs them economically,
socially, and culturally.
The rest of
the world cannot be an imperial footstool for the Americans.
They are also
important in their own right, for they bring enrichment and distinctiveness
We would do
well to listen to them, and perhaps-- just perhaps, learn from them.
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