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(en) Daybreak! #3 editorial against war (and the authorities that benifit from it)

From <daybreak@dojo.tao.ca>
Date Tue, 12 Nov 2002 04:58:19 -0500 (EST)


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As you read these words the storm of war has likely already broken. The 
self-described progressive media is full of explanations of why the 
current war is unjust and unnecessary. As anarchists we must oppose 
the type of thinking that insinuates that war, which kills and mutilates 
millions of people and is the best example of the violence and 
callousness which governments and authorities operate under, is ever 
fought in the name of freedom or justice. 

War is a terror and a nightmare. There can be no arguments about this. 
Governments cynically manipulate the population so that the rich people 
who run them can make a little more money, and gain a little more 
power, a little more oil. How many dollars do they make for every person 
who is mercilessly slaughtered in the name of whatever they're trying to 
make us believe we should die for now? 

Some leftists will tell us that the reason for war is because the American 
people are thirsty for blood and not as aware or interested in justice as 
the old 60's peace movement or the young fodder for whatever socialist 
group is currently trying to dominate the anti-war movement. Instead of 
telling Americans how brainwashed they are (in comparison to your own 
enlightenment), try and understand why people support wars. Is it 
because we're thirsty to see people suffer and die? Or to alleviate the 
boredom and loneliness of our society? Or because everything around 
us is telling us that only war will bring peace? People want to do the 
right thing and they want peace. They know that leftists will never bring 
any type of peace (for fuck's sake, they can't even get along with each 
other). Peace in a world of capitalism and authority is no more peaceful 
than war and no less violent or destructive. 

So we are only given the choice between constant War and a society 
based on violence, and as anarchists we choose neither. We choose a 
world where war is not necessary, where the alienation we feel is 
supplanted by having meaningful lives in tolerant and supportive 
communities. We choose a world where a true democracy of every 
person and community replaces the violence the rich use to dominate 
and control other people. We cannot justify any war regardless of the 
specifics because we know that a world without war is possible and 
imperative if we wish to survive as a species. 

No more boring demonstrations at Federal buildings- they're useless 
and everyone knows it. No more professors speaking to students in 
elite teach-ins- if they want to talk set them up on a street corner and let 
them blabber away. Anarchists call for direct action, both against the war 
and against the entire system of authority that makes war inevitable- 
sabotage, draft evasion, whatever is possible. No more compromise 
with the murderers that want to send us and the people and world we 
love to our deaths! We want action in any way that will help bring this 
system, loaded down with so many mutilated corpses, to a halt.


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