[R-G] Who WHo WHo Are the Terrorists? Marching Marching MArch 20
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Fri Mar 12 15:11:33 MST 2004
Who are the Terrorists? By Who Who
Terrorism is the use of indiscriminate violence to achieve political aims through fear or intimidation. It is like extortion: You do this or I will do this. But we dont call it extortion when you threaten to burn down your neighbors house because he parked his car on top of your child and he wont move it and pay the costs. We call that self defense or justice.
For me terrorism is when the powerful use threats or structures of oppression to get what they want. And usually this is not done out of need. Usually the powerful have less terroristic ways to get what they want or what they need. Killing an animal specie is terrorism against the specie and the future. We are all guilty of that. Capitalism is terrorism against the poor, the workers, millions of species and our minds and hearts.
Everything about the US is terrorism, from its past to its present. Europe especially Spain and the UK- (with Poland struggling to get in on the game) also have the fresh blood of terrorism on their hands and are unlikely to wash it off. The attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq were terrorism. And that brings us to lies which can also be terrorism. All colonialism is terrorism. The US mining of Nicaraguas harbors was terrorism as the World Court ruled. When the US spends $500 billion dollars on its military instead of spending a fifth of this sum to feed and care for the 40-80 million who will starve or die: this is terrorism. Global warming is global terrorism and when any of us do little to stop these crimes we are terrorists too.
Terrorism is institutionalized immorality.
To fight against terrorism is never terrorism no matter who you kill. It is self defense and resistance. Anti-terrorist are not trying to get or take something, they are trying to stop others from doing something: occupying the West Bank; maintaining military bases in Arabia, Ecuador, Puerto Rico; or driving your farmers bankrupt with unfair trade policies.
The term "terrorist" is label for one who is an active participant in a "terrorist act," be it through direct personal action, or through direct funding or logistical support in the goal of executing a terrorist act at times the tacit definition is generalized to include "moral support" for a political agenda that can be associated with a "terrorist" group
Somebody Blew Up America by AMIRI BARAKA
They say its some terrorist,
some barbaric A Rab,
It wasn't our American terrorists
It wasn't the Klan or the Skin heads
Or the them that blows up nigger
Churches, or reincarnates us on Death Row
It wasn't Trent Lott
Or David Duke or Giuliani
Or Schundler, Helms retiring
The gonorrhea in costume
The white sheet diseases
That have murdered black people
Terrorized reason and sanity
Most of humanity, as they pleases
They say (who say?)
Who do the saying
Who is them paying
Who tell the lies
Who in disguise
Who had the slaves
Who stole Puerto Rico
Who stole the Indies, the Philipines, Manhattan
Australia & The Hebrides
Who forced opium on the Chinese
Who own them buildings
Who got the money
Who think you funny
Who locked you up
Who own the papers
Who owned the slave ship
Who run the army
Who the fake president
Who the ruler
Who the banker
Who? Who? Who?
Who own the mine
Who twist your mind
March 20: Marching Against War
For Awareness and Solidarity?
By Midels Solomon,
Will our footsteps drown out the Drums of War?
Or interfere with our education?
As you go marching along in your new Nikes looking for the road to peace, try and stretch out your perspective. Try and stretch it to every location where there is war especially US-sponsored war. This requires you to stretch around the world where you will find 10 million people marching outside the US. In London, Paris, Athens, Sao Paulo, Islamabad and Bogotá they will be marching against specific US crimes such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Colombia and the FTAA/WTO. While you are marching in the US imagine what it means that peace groups outside the US protest in such greater numbers and for clearer reasons: they understand who to blame: the US and all the greedy capitalists.
Maybe this difference between peace groups is because globalization and war threatens many more people outside the US. Maybe it is because they know better where war leads. Maybe they protest the US because only one country has ever killed large numbers of civilians with a weapon of mass destruction: 200,000 at Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the firebombing of Tokyo (100,000), Dresden (50-60,000) and Hamburg (40-50,000) (the latter two with US bombs and UK-Canadian help). Remember that only two countries have used chemical weapons outside their borders to devastating effect: the German Nazis (3 million) and the US in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Colombia (600,000 1 million dead from chemicals and many millions of people and rich biological resources injured or contaminated forever, in a war that killed 3-5 million since 1945 and resulted in millions more dying from hunger and disease). And the deaths and birth defects continue year after year, generation to generation. 
Only one country has ever had such a great air force, army or navy or so many foreign bases.
Only one country has ever locked up so many of its people. Ponder, if you please, that the US is the least sustainable country in the world and has one of the most questionable democracies. John Kennedy got us into Vietnam and the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba; Johnson cruelly escalated the war; Carter was involved in the Indonesian massacres in East Timor, instigated the covert terrorist invasion of Nicaragua, and set the tone for US relations with Islamic regimes that Bush builds his war on; Clinton started the war with Al Qaeda and Afghanistan when he bombed Sudan and Afghanistan with hundreds of cruise missiles and authorized assassinations oh and Clinton signed the Salvage Rider and thought-up the Plan Colombia toxic spray program that he knew would turn into another US intervention in a civil war.
Now our choices - are John Kerry ready to increase military spending and Hillary Clinton ready to re-institute the military draft!
The elite in nearly every country that one percent or so that control most of the lands, factories and military (and its industrial complex) they call the shots and control whoever is elected. There really cant be democracy as long as there are rich people as long as there is gross inequality of resources, education and incomes.
Only one country has ever polluted so much, built and maintained so many nuclear weapons or funded so many death squads.
The US is the only wealthy country of significance that refuses to sign on to the Kyoto Global Warming Treaty, The International Criminal Court, the Land Mine Treaty and many more international agreements.
Only one country has committed so many crimes with so little justification. If people in the US contributed as much in foreign aid as the people in Denmark, the Netherlands or Norway, then almost all of the worlds problems could be quickly solved . One forth of the US defense budget could save 40 to 80 million lives who are lost each year to easily preventable causes. 
Hispanics in the US send almost twice as much foreign aid back to their relatives in Latin America as the US government spent on foreign aid for the whole world.  And most US foreign aid is to high income countries like Israel, for military assistance or what is called tied aid where the recipient country has to use the aid to buy US products. This kind of aid is not aid at all.
Dont stop Marching. Start marching in sync and solidarity with a whole wounded world that wants much more than the absence of war they want sustainability and greater equality. And they are watching our steps with anticipation and with some fear.
. (UK Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/weekend/story/0,3605,923715,00.html )
. http://www.guardian.co.uk/theissues/article/0,6512,669450,00.html; and http://www.globalissues.org/TradeRelated/Debt/USAid.asp#GovernmentsCuttingBackonPromisedResponsibilities; and http://www.oneworld.org/ips2/jul98/23_13_097.html
 Misc. trivia: US and Kissinger involvement in Argentine terror and torture activities in 1976-1983: http://www.foreignaidwatch.org
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