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By the time
these words reach you, the skies over Baghdad may be ablaze with
red light. Not the searing shimmer of the Iraqi sun, but skies aflame
with the bombardments of war.
If that is so,
it has meant that the U.S. rulers have dropped the dingy loin-cloth
of diplomacy, and are embarking virtually unilaterally, without
the fig-leaf of the United Nations, to placate the war wing of the
U.S. government, who, drunk on the wine of power, have opted to
remake the world in their twisted image. They will use the term
'democracy' until it means next to nothing. As they proceed under
the ragged banner of 'democracy', they do so in the face of the
largest anti-war opposition in generations, and in the face of a
frightened citizenry, who, because their minds are numbed with fear,
claim to believe that the basis of this war is that the Iraqis are
somehow responsible for the carnage of 11th September, and that
'Amurrikins' should hit back at those who hit 'em (the racist so-called
reasoning of these folks is the belief that since the jihadis of
9/11 were Arabs, then any Arab country will do!).
This is not,
as the Mad Texan would have you believe, a 'Coalition of the Willing.'
It is, rather, a quasi-coalition of the available. Why not call
it a 'convention of the convenient?' It is a shameful and pale imitation
of the United Nations. It is, perhaps more than anything, a 'bevy
of the bought.' It is the best 'coalition' that money and privilege
can buy. Spanish and British premiers do not a 'coalition' make.
It is also thin
cover for an Empire, which arrays itself in the tattered flag of
'democracy', while ignoring the wishes of millions, if not billions,
of the voices of the people of the world.
Should the bombs
be falling, should that stunt the growth of the anti-war movement?
Some among you, especially the left imperialists, will certainly
argue for this. I would argue otherwise; that the forces for peace
should not shudder at the specter of war. That the need for peace
rises, not diminishes, at the outbreak of war. Indeed, consider
the lessons from the historic Vietnam War. There, protests began
slowly, painfully, after years of long, hard organizing.
The war was
raging daily in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Yet the Movement swelled,
and grew, and deepened, until none of the politicians in the White
House, neither Nixon nor Johnson could withstand the public demand.
Such a movement must be reborn now!
for war are always promoted by the supine corporate media. See it
for what it is, and continue your efforts to bring this imperial
venture to an end.
ago, this writer wrote about "To War for Empire!", and
felt, despite the spirit of this earlier work, that the anti-war
efforts of the people would make a difference in the final disposition
emerging from the Capitol. Apparently, this writer underestimated
the greed, bellicosity, and madness of the Bush Regime. Mr. Bush
called for the evacuation of the Husseins from the Iraqi nation.
Is there any real doubt that millions of Americans believe that
the Bushes should vacate the premises of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?
If people really
believe in the power of democracy, then these days of another kind
of March Madness should mark the deepening, and the flowering of
the anti-war movements, both here and abroad. This is not an end,
but a beginning!
kind of like communal relationships; each has their ups and downs.
Don't be discouraged. Don't give up. To paraphrase the martyred
labor leader, Joe Hill, "Don't mourn....Organize!"
For many, the
very breadth and growth of this movement has been an inspiration.
It may yet have much to surprise us. But what matters is what is
in our hearts. If you believe in it, fight for it!
There is no better way!
Check out Mumia's
"Faith of Our Fathers: An Examination of the Spiritual Life
of African and African-American People" at www.africanworld.com
The Power of Truth
is Final -- Free Mumia!
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