STATE TERRORISM AND BUSINESS INTERESTS IN ACTION: DICK CHENEY IN PORTLAND
Referring to the 'war against terror,' Dick Cheney said 'This is a war that might not end in our lifetime.' Why would someone like 'our' Vice-President gloat over endless war unless he had something to gain? Despite his good-guy rhetoric, Cheney could himself be called a terrorist. As ex-CEO of the giant oil company Halliburton, he profited from the earth-poisoning use of fossil fuels. As a member of the right-wing think tank Project For A New American Century, he endorses the idea of U.S. global dominance. As an insider of global capitalism, Cheney is an example of state terrorism and its business interests in action.
As the poor, people of color, and misguided patriots of the U.S. military continue to kill and die to maintain the occupation of Iraq, Cheney's corporate peers grow richer. Cheney himself still receives a large annual pension from Halliburton, who, along with Bechtel Corporation and others, have been given lucrative contracts for the 'rebuilding' of Iraq. Kellog, Brown & Root, owned by Halliburton, builds and maintains facilities for U.S. troops worldwide, and likely plays a part in the 'privatization' of foreign policy. It's obvious that Iraq is thought of as a conquered territory as well as a new market, no matter the human and ecological cost.
We say no to terrorists like Dick Cheney and to the city that allows him to visit to raise funds for the 2004 election campaign. So long as global injustice, capitalist imperialism and other forms of structural violence create violent reactions from the oppressed, and from those seeking state power, no 'war on terror' will address the root causes of terrorism. We say no to the simplistic viewpoint that Cheney and others in the Bush regime promote—that this is a war of good versus evil.
It is rarely mentioned that, after repeated visits by Bush and now by Cheney, Portland's civic and financial elite are supporting terrorism. Though our whole power structure is complicit in this coercion, the people who would rather not be ruled have their own form of sanctions. We will discredit Cheney, his regime, and the entire society of industrial capitalism. And we add that we have no confidence in the Democratic Party or any other politician. They are examples of the built-in opposition that changes nothing fundamental about our everyday lives. Out with them all!
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