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(en) UK Solidarity Federation - DA #27 - Voice From Inside

From worker-a-infos-en@ainfos.ca (Flow System)
Date Mon, 23 Jun 2003 11:36:10 +0200 (CEST)
Rom Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>

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The most famous of all current political prisoners, Mumia Abu- Jamal,
has been busy writing some excellent articles on the war, justice,
media and propaganda. Here is an extract just so you get the idea.
> The battle for empire
By the time this is read, the flames of Baghdad may be cold; the
bombing may have faded into memory.
By the time these words are heard or read by others, the war in Iraq
may indeed be over. In this age, with the naked power of the United
States military, there is no telling. It may be so. But if so, it can only
be said to be an end to one war; there is little serious question that it
is the beginning of other wars.

It may be the precursor of other imperial wars, with laser-guided
targets training their cold, green metallic sights on North Korea, or
Iran, or Syria, or ...?

It may be that the adventure in Iraq has sparked other wars against
other Western targets.

What is virtually certain is that this is not a war to stop other wars
(remember ‘World War II’? Our parents and grandparents
foolishly called it ‘The War to End All Wars’ - uh huh), but a
war that will make the waging of more wars far more certain, and far
less containable.

Once more, Arab people have been humiliated by the West, under the
propaganda fig leaf of ‘human rights.’ We are assured, by the
voices in the Pentagon, as well as the White House and their
sycophants in the media, that this is a ‘War of Liberation.’
Any honest student of history can cite a half dozen examples of
foreign nations claiming to invade another nation for their own good, to
‘liberate’ them. When the US fought Spain for Cuba and
Puerto Rico, they claimed the right to ‘liberate’ it from Spanish
cruelty. The US wanted to make it into a colony in which to expand
American slavery. Americans even supported an armed invasion of the
island of Cuba, headed by a Cuban rebel and mercenary named
Narciso Lopez, for whom they raised money, and some 600 Americans
(mostly Louisianans).

Governments often offer up pretexts to cover the real reasons for war.
Those who fight the wars, or even those who support the wars for
patriotic reasons, rarely know the real reasons.

In this age of the Internet and widening literacy, however, more and
more people are able to pierce the veils of state propaganda, and
therefore able to do the historical and economic research to perceive
the real reasons behind the Iraqi Adventure.

The safest site in all of Iraq is most certainly the areas around the oil
fields of Rumaila. What does that tell you? This is not about
‘weapons of mass destruction’; it’s not about
‘liberating’ Iraq; nor is it about bringing democracy to the
Middle East. It’s about gaining the oil in the desert. It’s about
the expanded American Empire, which has no real competitor in the
realm of military might.

It’s about a New Colonialism... a kinder, gentler,
‘democratic’ colonialism. There never was, in this world’s
history, a kind, gentle rule of one people over another people. Rome
was feared; not loved. America is no different.


If that has whetted your appetite, try these:

- essay on Iraq

media and propaganda

- downloadable pdf book, "Imperialist wars: anti-war commentaries".

email: iacenter@action-mail.org
check out: www.mumia2000.org
donate at: www.peoplesrightsfund.org

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