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(en) UK, Brochure handed out by greek anarchists in the M20 anti-war demo, London

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Date Fri, 26 Mar 2004 15:15:06 +0100 (CET)

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Peace and War Limited.
The western world propaganda and creation of consciousness:
It is a war for peace (a monstrous reversal, bringing in mind the Orwellian
anti-language), therefore the people under attack do not have the right to
fight back or defend themselves. In order to do this, the people under attack
have to be demonised (i.e. Palestinian or Iraqi=Muslim=Terrorist. This is the
propaganda that takes place in Israel and the rest of the western world).
This creates the second side, that of fundamentalism, which is the one that
appears in the western world. The propaganda aims (and apparently has
managed to a big extend) to criminalize every act of resistance in
people's conscience and identify it with terrorism.

What is wrong with the two sides?
In brief, and because we do not have to say much in order to
explain it, this war happens for oil, in other words for money: This
is the face of western world and the substantial flag under which
the massacre in Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan has been taking
place. But what is the other side? The other side is blurred and
confused for the people of the western world. On one hand there is
the resistance that takes place in Afghanistan, Palestine and Iraq
(to which the western media do not refer), as well as mass
resistance within the West, and on the other hand the spectacular
but rather unsocial "terrorist organizations" as for example
Al-Qaeda. The discourse of the western world authorities (as it is
propagandised through the western media) names its spectacular
enemy "terrorists" and tries to include in this characterization the
Arab world in its whole. At the same time, the so- called "terrorist
organizations" define their enemy in terms of nation. Therefore,
the attacks conducted by both sides are against people and not
against military forces or authorities. For example, the western
world bombed schools and hospitals in Iraq and in the same way
Al Qaeda attacked rail stations in Madrid. In both cases, the
people killed were neither soldiers nor people of power; but
workers and children; both of the attacks were against society.

Neither with the states nor with the terrorists.
We are disgusted because the people killed and injured in Madrid
were innocent. We would add that the people killed and injured in
Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan were innocent as well. One of the
weapons of the state propaganda that takes place in the west is the
question of taking a position in this situation: You are either with
the states or with the terrorists. Our answer is: we are neither with
the states nor with the terrorists. We are with the people, for we
are part
of the people and our common interest has nothing to do with the
interests of our oppressors either they are in Baghdad, London or
Madrid. Internationalism and continuous inner struggle against
any oppressor is the answer we can give against the madness of a
fight for geopolitical and economic profits of capitalists or any
other ruler in any other part of the world.. It is imperative that the
people that live in the western world understand that as long as we
allow this war to take place in our name, death will be the order of
the day. It’s a vicious circle: war and domination breeds
terrorism and terrorism justifies war. The Western capitalist states
seek to extend their domination and to expand their markets.
Fundamentalists seek to establish their own oppressive state of
affairs; same product, different brand…

But make no mistake; war is not an accidental feature of
capitalism, but a substantial one. Capitalist war (which differs
from capitalist ‘peace’ only in the procedure and intensity
of the slaughter) generates profits, displaces non-cooperative
dictators (while enthrones co-operative ones), wrecks public
infrastructure which will then be rebuilt by western corporations,
creates a fabulous weapons-market, demands national unity
rendering ‘unpatriotic’ any form of resistance and class
struggle, expands the empire and its markets. War is spectacle,
creates an external enemy, while obscuring that the real enemy is
capitalism and its destructive processes.

However disgusted we feel towards the Madrid-bombing, we must
not adopt the dominant ideology of ‘anti-terrorism’. For it
is this very ideology, that produces terrorism. In this blood-shed
world, we know our enemies very well, the enemies of our liberty:
capitalism and militarism on the one hand, fundamentalism and
terrorism on the other. And between two horrors, we don’t
have to choose one. We have to subvert both and to fight for
justice. And as long, we, here in the West, support directly, or
indirectly (through apathy) the dominant system which produces
war, no one can ever feel safe. Direct action, solidarity and mass
public struggles are the only way out of a situation which has gone
out of control, turning the world into a huge cemetery and military
camp. We know very well how we got here; it’s time to break
our way out.

As long as representative democracy exists, such wars will be
constantly taking place. As long as we allow bourgeois
democracies to exist and act in our name we will be responsible
for everything they do. Therefore, our answer to the bombing in
Madrid cannot be “smash the terrorists” (as terrorism is a
product of war) but rather, smash bourgeois democracies.

Let’s self organize our needs. Let’s take our lives in our hands.


One year after the invasion of Iraq, the defeat of the Iraqi
dictatorship and the occupation of the country, mainly by USA
and British but also other forces, the looting of the country’s
resources is well under way. At the same time, Al-Qaeda seems to
have shifted the war to Europe. However, instead of producing
another ‘alternative’ and critical news bulletin, we prefer,
especially in a demonstration such as today’s, to talk about a
much wider, but all the same pressing problem, that has to do
with what sort of anti-war movement we want. The latest
terrorism hit demonstrates that on the one hand people in the
western world fall victims to the often belligerent policies of their
elected leaders, on the other hand, people in the middle East have
equally failed to find an alternative to religious fundamentalism,
which seems to be taking over. We chose to refer to the western
world and its failures, because this is where we live.
The existing anti-war movement is using the simplistic logic of
war and peace; the same logic used by the violators of the peace
(that the anti-war movement tries to protect): “War is bad,
peace is good”. The question the movement should be asking
is: Is every peace good?
Peace and security in the western world means exploitation and
repression for large parts of its population and exploitation and
repression for practically everyone but a small elite in the
non-western / undeveloped world. It also means the perpetuation
of the status quo in a society founded on social, economic and
political inequality. Peace means that war is re-located in the
social sphere, waged against anyone threatening the established
social order. The increasing militarisation of the police in all
countries of the ‘developed’ world is a good example. For
some members of the affluent western world, the wealth and the
comfort provide them with the opportunity to engage in struggles,
which, however, are only partial. They are partial because war is
perceived as an isolated phenomenon in relation to other social
phenomena. Following this logic, war is not connected to other
social problems like unemployment, destruction of environment or
the battle for economic expansion of the power blocs. Thus, its
roots are seen as not inherent in a political and social system, but
lying somewhere outside the social sphere. Activists end up
choosing their fronts instead of viewing the struggle in a more
spherical way, recognising there is a common root in our
Equally, the humanitarian logic presumes the victimisation of the
non-western world and then advocates the right to providing the
best solutions, such as humanitarian wars. The discourse of
human rights is bourgeois in its conception (Enlightenment) and
has always served for the justification of the choices made by the
elites that rule us. It is the discourse, which the west uses to
impose its own ideas and conceptions on the non-western world, a
new kind of moral and political crusade. By trying to oppose our
rulers with their own discourse, we end up legitimising it. Instead
the anti-war movement should search for an alternative discourse
through which to act and speak. This one only allows the western
‘activists’ to pacify their guilt and promote values of a
civilisation based on conquest and oppression.
Pressure groups and partial struggles have a further impact; the
separation of a unified social front. Furthermore, the
contradictions and the separation of the issues do not allow us to
see clearly the unity of the problem; this is no other than the
power relations and the hierarchical organisation imposed on every
walk of social, economic and political life.
This in turn raises the question; what sort of society do we really
want? The answer is, a society in which people will inherently and
continuously seek to destroy all hierarchical and power structures
that suppress our human condition, leading to the immiseration of
us all.

‘One never really contests an organization of existence
without contesting all of that organization's forms of
Guy-Ernest Debord

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