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Power to the Peaceful Message

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[Col. Recorded 9/3/03]

Long Live John Africa.

On a Move and greetings to all assembled for 911. It is the fourth anniversary of this event and for many of us that is in itself is a reason to celebrate the growth and expansion of our struggle.

For most however 911 means something else. Forever in the American mind 911 will be day of shock of disbelief of sorrow and of loss. Like a flash photo image superimposed on the retina the specter of planes circling like metal
vultures, the twin towers of midtown Manhattan repeats itself in the minds eye revealing itself over and over again.

What American political media and economic elite’s have done with Nine-eleven however should be cause for concern to all of us. For the shock and sorrow and yes the rage born from the flames of nine-eleven have been used by these elite’s to reward the very culprits who brought nine-eleven into being. Those elite’s have bequeathed billions if not trillions more to the military industrial complex that armed, trained, and justified the mujhadeen in Afghanistan in the first place.

The late Pakistani scholar Ekbar Ahmed in his last book “Terrorism: there’s and ours”, points out that the entire Muslim world was mobilized to fight the evil empire as Regan called the former Soviet Union. Ahmed wrote quote “I have seen plane loads of them arriving from Algeria, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, even from Palestine, where at that time Israel was supporting Hammas against Al-Fata Yasser Arafat’s faction of the PLO. These people were brought in, given an ideology and told that armed struggle is virtuous and the whole notion of jihad as an international pan Islamic terrorist movement was born. The U.S. has spent billions in producing the bin laden’s of our time.

In 1986 I visited the camp they hit in Zahawa Afghanistan, it was a CIA sponsored camp, Ahmed writes. There in the poverty stricken dusty mountains of Afghanistan the beginnings of 911 were born. What we saw in the second week of September 2001 was mearly what the late Malcolm X called the chickens coming home to roost.

Deep down in our hearts away from the polls, away from the politicians we know this.

We really do.

Then along come the oil barrens, the Rumsfelds, Cheneys and the boy king Bush, bomb Iraq they say. Americans are looking at a new colonialism that will leave a taste as fowl in the mouth as the last one. Vicious, rapacious greed, priming the pump of war, a war that will enrich the few by raising oil prices. Impoverish the many and so the seeds of Islamic and Arab hatred that will last into the next century.

If you are against the empire of war, hatred, greed and new colonialism join us.
We are growing.

I thank you all.
On a Move Long Live John Africa.

Free the Move Nine, and Free the Angola three.

To freedom for us all this is Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Copyright 2003 Mumia Abu-Jamal


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