only thing Black that wants to go to war with Iraq is Condoleezza
Rice, and she has told too many lies to be taken seriously.
wonders if Colin Powell, who is brilliant, will ever muster the courage
to quit mouthing the foul script, and say the words he knows to be
true: the United States is determined to impose its will on the entire
globe, not just in the current dispute over Saddam Hussein, but for
the remainder of the "American Century." Iraq is a demonstration
of that resolve.
Americans have every historical reason to reject the mad rush to war.
Once again, we must form the core of the peace party.
38-member Congressional Black Caucus, all Democrats but not all particularly
brave, stood as a body to oppose Bush's threatened first strike "without
a clearly demonstrated and imminent threat of attack on the United
Jesse Jackson, Jr. held a press conference with representatives of
48 national religious denominations, to urge that "all peaceful
possibilities should be exhausted before using military force."
August, the Council of Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal
Church expressed unequivocal revulsion at war preparations, declaring:
War must not be pursued as an "economic policy," nor as
a vendetta of unfinished business. In this new millennium, the children
of America must not be sacrificed on the altar of militarism. As
spiritual leaders, we cannot keep silent as the integrity of what
it means to be a democracy is increasingly compromised. Although
the wheels of propaganda are turning incessantly through the media,
we believe that the path our nation is pursuing will lead to catastrophe
for America and the nations of the world.
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops delivered a letter to Rice, the
dreadful National Security Advisor, expressing their "grave reservations"
about the administration's course.
like corn pone among the major American denominations, the 16 million-member
Southern Baptist Convention gave a rebel yell for the courageous idea
of hitting the other guy first, international law be damned!
Southern Baptists split from their northern brethren over the issue
of slavery - they believed it was God's design. Reminded that Great
Britain's Baptist Union opposed a U.S. first strike as an "appallingly
dangerous course to take," convention spokesperson Richard Land
said, "The U.S. should not sit idly by waiting for her allies
in Europe to indicate their support." Land added, gratuitously,
"No offence intended, but we have had to extricate the Europeans
from conflagrations of their own making twice in the last century."
Confederates never forget.
Poll taken in August showed that 53% of Blacks opposed a U.S invasion
of Iraq. That's consistent with African American positions on U.S.
military adventures since the beginning of the Vietnam War. People
over 65 registered even higher in the peace camp, at 55%,
possibly because they've seen more of war. As usual, men of all groups
are more bellicose (61%) than women (56%). Ten percent more Americans
making $50,000-plus yearn for war (62%) than those earning under $20,000.
People with college degrees are just educated enough to be dangerous
- 65% agree with Bush, compared to 57% of citizens with no more than
a high school diploma.
you've ever wondered what God most churchgoers pray to, Gallup has
a revelation: the God of War. Two out of three regular church attendees
are singing from Bush's hymnal.
can now construct an accurate profile of the American War Party, the
people that represent a clear and present danger to human survival.
They are youngish, white, affluent, well educated, churchgoers. And
they are taking us all to Hell.
in the world, by choice
the peoples of the planet, there is no support for U.S. declarations
of a right to strike first. None. Governments are another matter,
and we shall see how they line up under extreme duress from Washington.
However, the views of the world's people matter a great deal. The
events of September 11 should have finally taught Americans that their
personal safety requires, in the words of the Declaration of Independence,
"a decent respect to the opinions of mankind."
Mandela expresses global opinion, when he says "the attitude
of the United States of America is a threat to world peace."
world cowers in fear of Washington, precisely the effect that the
Bushmen seek. The U.S. no longer has a foreign policy; it has an appetite,
and presents demands. George Bush is improvising the terms of a New
World Order that he threatens to impose by force. His rantings about
Saddam Hussein are solely for the consumption of the American War
Party. The Plan is much bigger than one man with a mustache.
rest of the globe knows that Saddam is a straw man, set up to be knocked
down in America's line of march toward true Superpowerdom, a form
of planetary governance by intimidation and terror. Bush's businessmen-warriors
are making the rules up on a daily basis, but they are deadly serious
when they speak of an American Century.
is one thing they understand, intimately.
Powell's thankless task is to present U.S. demands in tones that sound
like diplomacy - the equivalent of describing a TV wrestling match
with a straight face. Powell is an amazing person, endowed with a
special kind of genius. What a horrible waste of African American
manhood, that it be harnessed to imperial enterprise. Powell, alone
among U.S. emissaries, is respected in world capitals as a man of
reason. Yet he is the point person in a criminal offensive against
civilization's highest achievement: a near-universal desire for a
world ruled by law rather than brute force.
and Russians, especially, understand the language of empire. In case
they didn't get the picture, a leading figure in the unofficial Bush
War Cabinet spelled it out to the Washington Post:
"It's pretty straightforward," said former CIA director
R. James Woolsey, who has been one of the leading advocates of forcing
Hussein from power. "France and Russia have oil companies and
interests in Iraq. They should be told that if they are of assistance
in moving Iraq toward decent government, we'll do the best we can
to ensure that the new government and American companies work closely
the United States will control the oil fields of Iraq. Bow down, or
be cut out. The same terms will apply to the entire Middle East and
Central Asia, as the U.S. expands its military presence.
the September 15 article, puppet-in-waiting Ahmed Chalabi, leader
of the pitiful gaggle of exiles the U.S. plans to install as the "government"
of Iraq, looked forward to handing over the oil fields to a U.S.-led
consortium. "American companies will have a big shot at Iraqi
oil," he said.
Power of One
the 1884-85 Berlin Conference, the European powers, Turkey and the
U.S. divided the globe into areas of influence. In 2002, the U.S.
is claiming the whole planet as its protectorate. The price of access
to vital resources, is obedience. Whatever happens at the United Nations
in the coming weeks and months will be in response to this U.S. threat.
explains the behavior of Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair, whose
countrymen chafe at his role as "poodle" for Bush even as
opinion polls show overwhelming opposition to a U.S.-British invasion
of Iraq, especially within Blair's own Labor Party. Blair believes
his fealty to Bush will ensure that Britain gets its share of the
furor erupted among Labor when the Sunday Herald, a Scottish newspaper,
unveiled a study written for Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and other
Bush handlers before the Republicans captured the White House.
Prepared by the Project for the New American Century, a Rightwing
think tank, the September 2000 report presages the administration's
current game plan:
The United States has for decades sought to play a more permanent
role in Gulf regional security. While the unresolved conflict with
Iraq provides the immediate justification, the need for a substantial
American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the
regime of Saddam Hussein.
parliamentarian Tam Dalvell spoke for many in his party. "This
is a blueprint for U.S. world domination - a new world order of their
making. These are the thought processes of fantasist Americans who
want to control the world. I am appalled that a British Labour Prime
Minister should have got into bed with a crew which has this moral
standing," he said.
lawmakers from the world's once-greatest empire are appalled, something
earth-shaking is occurring.
other, African oil gulf
Powell accepted with equanimity the boos of delegates to the United
Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, last
month, and immediately turned north to the oil-producing regions of
the continent, the more pressing business on his African itinerary.
As MSNBC reported, "analysts generally agree that the driving
force behind the courtesy call in Gabon and Angola [was] to secure
oil sources in the run-up to a possible conflict with Iraq."
the headline, "In West Africa, Oil is the Prize," the article
noted that the region around the Gulf of Guinea, including Nigeria,
"produced more than 4 million barrels a day in 2000, which is
more than Iran, Venezuela or Mexico." The U.S. is seeking to
establish a "homeport" in the Gulf of Guinea, "to secure
oil and transport routes as the United States depends more heavily
on Africa for supplies."
would add that such bases - infrastructures of "force-projection"
proposed by the Oil Policy Initiative Group - will be capable of facilitating
"regime-changes" throughout the region, which accounts for
15% of U.S. oil imports.
Member of Parliament Dalvell has it right. The Bush plan is elegant,
simple, and absolutely brutal.
United States, which for decades sought to break the power of OPEC,
is now preparing to become OPEC, by military means. The threats
against Europe and Russia are portents of the world envisioned by
Cheney, Rumsfeld and the rest of the piratical band that runs the
Bush government. They are about to define what an unchallenged superpower
is, and does. International law is no longer a consideration.
sovereignty of every nation on the globe is in jeopardy. So are the
lives of every person in the United States, as our society risks being
transformed into the repository of all the world's resentments - many
of which will be absolutely justified. How many terrorists can be
distilled from six billion angry human beings? The "American
Century" is a prescription for insecurity without end, war eternal.
the new, bombed and besieged America - and that is what is on the
horizon - civil liberties could shrink to the bare levels necessary
for the free flow of goods and services; no one knows what freedoms
are required to maintain a complicated market society such as ours,
but we may be forced to find out.
of the older aspects of American life will remain: racism is especially
effective in maintaining the cooperation of the people that comprise
the War Party. Do not expect some great national coming-together-under-common-threat.
It didn't happen after 9-1l (except in the vapid chatter of TV "news"
personalities), and it won't happen when the attacks and threats become
regular occurrences. Generally speaking, white America acts badly
civil rights struggle made rapid gains in the years after World War
Two, due in some measure to the political parties' desire to present
a liberal face to the world. Back then, the Soviets competed for hearts
and minds. The Bush crowd - and those who will succeed them, if we
allow it - is immune to embarrassment. If they bully the nations of
Europe, how do you think they will treat us? And who will come to
impending Bush war(s) is a domestic crisis. The exploited and
abused people of Africa, Asia and Latin America surely require our
concern and best efforts. But we must also understand that a New World
Order means a New Domestic Order, as well - of which we have only
gotten a small taste.
for one, never imagined that I would one day be considered an enemy
by billions of fellow human beings. Yet that is now thinkable.
have had more than our share of coping with enemies here at home.
George Bush has placed the nation on a course that leads to a global
struggle between "us" and all of "them."
Which one are we? Are you sure about your fellow Americans?
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