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it is simply amazing to listen to Americans when they call onto
talk shows and voice their opinions. The one-dimensional, narrow
thinking and xenophobia is often quite stunning. If one listens
to such shows, one hears the following thoughts being expressed:
those Spaniards are justa buncha cowards, knowwhatImean? They letta
buncha terrorists push 'em outta the coalition!"
them damned 'socialists' are just doin' the same thing that Chamberlain
did to Hitler; it's the same thing; it's appeasement!"
Spanish over there, they should know that they are just lettin'
the terrorists win! They need to stick with Our President!"
electoral win of the Socialist Party over the Popular Party's resigning
Prime Minister, Jose Maria Aznar, has sent American nationalists
into conniption fits, and into a tizzy of verbal assaults against
the Spanish people.
almost uncritically, that the recent election returns were based
almost solely on the Madrid bombings.
They have presumably
forgotten (or chosen to forget) that the Spanish had among the highest
opposition levels to the Iraq War, nearly 90% against.
Few sane political
parties that wanted to stay in power would have dared to oppose
90% of their populace on anything!
simply utilized basic political ideas to appeal to the greatest
number of Spaniards on a burning issue of the day the War
The first public
comments by the newly-elected Spanish leader, Jose Louis Rodriguez
Zapatero, made his position quite clear: "The war has been
a disaster; the occupation
continues to be a great disaster." (USA Today, 3/16/04, p.
Zapatero announced that his party will keep a key campaign promise
to remove 1,300 Spanish soldiers from Iraq. The Administration
Of the Iraq
War, Zapatero said, "It hasn't generated anything but more
violence and hate." [*Id*.]
In Iraq, meanwhile,
the shattered state, with its puppets of an alleged 'governing council'
(which can be overruled at the slightest whim of Paul Bremer, the
US Overlord), has, as its highest and only credential, that they
are acceptable to the United States. Iraq stands on the brink of
And now, unless
things change drastically, the Zapatero government has pledged to
pull out all Spanish troops, the fracturing of the so-called 'coalition.'
presence in Iraq, founded on the quicksand of false pretenses, can
only be seen as the occupation that it is. It cannot be the midwife
of a democracy that is in tatters
in America itself.
How can America
claim to be waging a war to install democracy, when it openly opposes
the democracy of it's so-called allies? When the Spanish people
overwhelmingly, in the streets of Spain, in their millions, that
they opposed the war; and when polls showed upwards to 90% of them
opposed to the American Adventure in Iraq, what is vaguely 'democratic'
about the Spanish Prime Minister (Aznar)
sending 1300 Spaniards to support such an action?
What ever happened
to 'let the people decide?'
This war, its
relentless push from the defense industries and the oil cartels,
was not done to 'defend democracy,' but to cripple it. In its train
have come the stifling of domestic dissent, the silencing of critics,
the growing state repression against opponents, and a press that
has been remarkable only in its craven servility to their corporate
and political masters.
selected, Bush has ruled like a prince of the blood; an autocrat
born to send thousands of lesser beings to their deaths, to insure
the domination of his class.
He is repulsed
by the very notion of democracy, and regards Congress as a mild
the Spaniards are practicing democracy, in a form far purer than
we have seen in America.
We have little
to teach, and much to learn, from them.
2004 Mumia Abu-Jamal
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