A Year of "War against Terrorism"
For an Anti-War Congress
By Michael Doege
[This article originally published in: FriedensForum July 2002 is translated from the German on the World Wide Web, www.friedenskooperative.de/ff/ff02/3-22.htm. Michael Doege is coordinator of the congress "A Year of `War against Terrorism'".]
After the dreadful terror attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York and Washington still not completely explained today, US President George W. Bush proclaimed a "war against terror" for years, an "unparalleled crusade" and a division of the world by giving the choice to all nations: "Either you are on our side or you are on the side of terrorism".
This crusade began with the war against the Taliban regime in Afghanistan and expanded with the deployment of US soldiers and military advisors in Colombia and the Philippines and wars against other states. Attacks on Somalia, Yemen, Iraq, Iran and North Korea are floated. Fears grow that the "century of wars and massacres" as the British historian Eric Hobsbaum described the 20th century could be followed by a "century of permanent war" considering the gigantic military march of the US and its allies (including German troops) and the intensified rearmament of the US. Alternatives to military intervention policy offered by the peace movement and an analysis of this "war against terrorism" should be discussed.
What do we really know about the terrorists and their motives? How great is the danger from terrorists? How does the "war against terrorism" rank in the US strategy to assure itrs worldwide hegemony, particularly in the strategy to rule the oil regions around the Persian Gulf, the Caspian Sea and the south China sea? How is this war connected with the policy of "globalization" of capitalism? Henry Kissinger said of this globalization of capitalism "globalization is only another word for US rule". Why did the EU (European Union) states and the red-green German government join this war in "unconditional solidarity" (Gerhard Schroder)? To enforce European capital interests and secure them militarily around the world?
Why do socially-minded people support this war scourged by the "Stern" author Heinrich Jaenecke in December 2001 as "the return of the West to the good old hegemonial policy, the great club of an imperialist world order"?
What answers are given by people from other continents - for example war critics in the US - to these questions?
What can we do? How can every one of us be active against war and against military armament costing billions? How can we successfully champion a peaceful and just world? In the schools, businesses, parties, unions and elsewhere? What adversaries can we expect? What allies can we hope for? How can we stir up the zeal and delight for peace and justice?