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War for Soldiers or for Empire?
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believe that War is Murder. I believe that armies and navies are
the tinsel and braggadocio of oppression and wrong, and I believe
that the wicked conquest of weaker and darker nations by nations
whiter and stronger but foreshadows the death of that strength..."
--W.E.B. DuBois, *Darkwater* (1920)
The War is On in earnest, and "Bombs over Baghdad" is
no longer just a toe-tapping jam by that creative hiphop duo from
People have been dragged, kicking and screaming into a War with
nation that has never attacked the United States, by a government
that has been
itching for a global demonstration of its military prowess from
day one; and now, it has begun.
it has begun, people are being asked by the corporate media to support
the war effort, if only for the soldiers.
Rarely has such
madness been foisted on a people such as this tripe. 'Support
the troops!' is the latest mindless mantra, as if troops ever decided
to fight a war, or indeed, in a democracy, should ever be able to
the very nature of military organization, decide nothing, for isn't
that the very essence of democracy; that civilian, elected authorities
decide? So 'support the troops' really means support the politicians
who are in power, *even if unelected*, for they have decided to
send the troops even if their ideas were boneheaded, stupid,
or just plain wrong. If you deeply believe it is wrong, are you
really supposed to fold up your picket sign, run a weather-beaten
flag up the pole, and paste a false smile on your face?
is not a democracy (This government isn't one either, but that's
another story). There has never been an army where the troops made
military decisions. Those decisions are made by officers; and supposedly
by the politicians who appoint them. Therefore, 'support the troops'
is a subterfuge for supporting the warmongers in Washington who
are hell-bent on sparking World War III.
As bombs burst
over Baghdad, it is comforting to believe that this will be an end
to a pressing American problem; but, in truth, this is but the beginning.
No matter what the outcome in Baghdad, a world full of people will
now view the U.S., not as a 'liberator', but as an invading alien,
who cares nothing for the will of the United Nations, nor that of
any other entity outside of itself.
Before the Iraq
Adventure was launched, prowar commentators were assuring an
anxious public that the Iraqis would greet the Americans with flowers
and kisses. Some kisses. And since when do flowers have the blossoming
aroma of cordite, and gunpowder?
We are witnessing
a New Age of Colonialism; the opening salvo of a New World Order.
This kindler, gentler 'humanitarian imperialism' features the promise
of 'liberation', but what if the natives don't meekly accept such
'liberation'? They will be branded as terrorists by the corporate
media, and the U.S. will 'liberate' them from their bodies.
The ghost of
Vietnam, where 4 million people were slaughtered by the Americans,
gives us some idea of what 'liberating' a people means. During the
War, the saying went, "In order to save the village, we had
to destroy it."
Will the Americans
'save' Iraq, as they 'saved' Vietnam?
announces his true intentions when he invades a nation. They always
give rosy reasons for invasion and conquest. They bring "enlightenment."
They bring 'freedom'. They promise the "Rights of Man."
For 5 centuries such sweet lies justified the ravaging of Africa,
Asia and Latin America. Behind those lies lay exploitation, stolen
labor, man-theft, and brain-numbing brutality. Whole nations have
become stepping stools for other nations, ostensibly, for their
If you really
want to 'support the troops', fight for an end to Empire. For that
way, you support yourself, your future, and your posterity.
Check out Mumia's
"Faith of Our Fathers: An Examination of the Spiritual Life
of African and African-American People" at www.africanworld.com
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