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Power of Protests
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now everyone is cashing in on the 'war against terror'. When Macedonian
cops gun down seven Arabs, they announce that they are participating
in the global 'war on terror'. When Russians massacre Chechens,
they are now prosecuting the 'war on terror'. When Israel fires
at Arafats headquarters, it says it is participating in
the 'war on terror'. Must we all be hijacked into Americas
dangerous self-absorption with the
crimes of 11 September? Must this vile war between Palestinians
and Israelis be distorted in so dishonest a way?"
Robert Fisk, "The Lies Leaders Tell When They Want to Go
to War," Independent , UK (3/30/02)
There was something
glorious about the millions of people around the world, from Britain
to Bombay, from Moscow to Minneapolis, from Paris to Pittsburgh,
over 600 cities according to some reports, all united in opposition
to the war aims of the Bush Regime in Washington.
be little question that to most of the peoples of the world, the
Bush Regimes arguments have dismally failed. Even with the
support of the Administrations most trusted member, General-cum-
'Foreign Minister' Colin Powell, the claims of the government have
fallen like leaves in Autumn. Indeed, the reports to the United
Nations by weapons inspectors, Drs. Hans Blix and Mohamed El-Baradei,
delivered a slap to the Americans, causing the usually calm Sec.
Powell to adopt an uncharacteristic
non-diplomatic tone in clear frustration at the gist of the reports.
Even with the
considerable closet support of the corporate mass media, and the
residue of Sept. 11th, the Bush Regime has to go back to the drawing
boards, to find some key that will (in the words of Shakespeare)
"let slip the dogs of war!".
The U.S., driven
by the petro-hunger of the vast reserves under Iraqi lands, threatens
to break the UN, and indeed fracture NATO, in order to achieve its
imperialist, 'sole Superpower' objectives: which is to destroy any
entity that does not openly acknowledge its hegemony. Only the power
of the People, as demonstrated by the vast, militant, funny, and
vibrant protests around the world, can place a stopper into the
bottle of War for Empire.
It is a splendid
beginning; but it is only a beginning.
For the Bush
Regime that is in 'power' is not representative of the people; if
we are honest, we have to acknowledge that none of them do!
They are protecting
the interests of the Money Power that rules in the closed rooms
in Washington. There, one need not pretend to be a part of a 'democracy'--
for the ruling hand in Washington, in both Democratic and Republican
administrations, is 'corporatocracy' the unrelenting rule
of capital. If people really want Peace; if they want to transform
this infernal addiction to war that drives every administration,
then they must begin to organize to deeply transform this political
order, starting from the bottom, ending at the top. That really
means the end of the 'strategy' of 'the lesser evil' in American
politics. It means voting, yes; but voting for what people really
want, and really need. It means seeing both major parties as traitors
to democracy, as wards of the same corporate interests who want,
not only war-- but War Without End for generations, to protect
their swinish wealth and opulence.
It means Change.
In a word, revolution. It means that, or it means nothing.
It means washing
away the deep American addiction, not only to oil, but to hierarchy,
the need to obey one's 'leaders'. It means social transformation.
The mass demonstrations
around the world were more than a rebuke to the Bush Regime in D.C.;
it was a tacit rejection of the U.S. media, which, through its heated
repetition, martial music, and strategy of demonization, served
as a whorish handmaiden of political, corporate elites. It meant
that millions rejected the programming pumped through the propaganda
mills owned by capital.
That too, is
a good beginning. But it cant be an end.
Media that serves
the wealthy few, and ignores the daily tragedies of working people,
and non-working people, who are suffering in every state of this
alleged 'union', should be left alone, to wither on the vine.
To quote an
'unelected dictator' (King Dubya); '...it's either for ya, or aginst
A true Peace
Movement must do more than march; it must fight!
It must fight
for a better world against the forces of greed and narrow interest;
it must fight for the Right to Peace, in a nation deeply dedicated
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