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To dismantle war on terror

An essay
Whether or not Bush gets elected, the effort to dismantle war on terror must continue. You might recognize war on terror as a system, a myth, an economic stimulus package, or all of these, and being able to define what it means is certainly important. War on terror began with apparently limited objectives; these objectives mushroomed within in a year to sweeping adjustments of U.S. domestic law enforcement, and foreign policy. Now, three years after the start, war on terror has become something wholly intangible and pliable, and there is a thick veil of mystery about what it actually is. This mystery is what makes the world tremble now.

For so many people now, there is a sense of dread, a sense that somehow war on terror is coming home. That somehow "drug war" will be incorporated, (literally) into war on terror, and that this will begin a regression into a domestic front for war on terror. For minorities and poor folks, this is not something to look forward to. Any kind of modifications of domestic law enforcement, including the collaboration of CIA, military, and domestic intel or law enforcement, could never be something that minorities and us poor folks would look forward to. Nobody should be looking forward to this. It is not something that should be accepted in this society.

The attacks of 9/11 made quite an impact, but even the president's men were willing to look the other way, and pursue other objectives. So every American must be willing to look the other way when war on terror reaches their doorstep. That is, when the agents of this system come knocking, looking for acceptance. This is a wholly unacceptable system, and should be treated as such.

The crucial link between war on terror and the economy is becoming clearer now. John Ashcroft recently told a gathering of attorneys that the DoJ response to intellectual property theft "must be as forceful and aggressive and successful as our response to terrorism and violent crime and drugs and corruption has been." There you have it. War on terror=war on drugs=copyright violations=anything that has to do with the economy.

It's funny, because conversely it seems that Osama has always been pursued as if he were in violation of copyright laws. That is, not too much effort went into it. In fact, killing Osama would be a form of economic sabotage, leaving mass media outlets with a giant gap in revenue generation. No more underground videos or taped messages to add to the steaming heap of other "news." Also, as with Saddam, the information Osama has might be embarassing to certain governments, so it wouldn't be a good idea to take him alive either. It's not that I want a "get tough on Osama" policy. I mean, the time for glory in that regard has really passed. It's kind of like capturing Augusto Pinochet now.

I read an Edward Said essay recently in which he made a point that I've been trying to make for a couple years. When we think of al-Qaeda, whatever image comes to mind, we must also think of the Branch Davidians, the Jones cult in Guyana, and Aum Shinrikyo in Japan. These are the most apt comparisons to what al-Qaeda was, is, or ever will be: a cult. Maybe a little bigger, and for various reasons more influential than the others, but still a cult.

Another busted myth--bombing villages in Afghanistan or pulling down Saddam's statue is not the same thing as storming the beaches of Normandy. I know this upsets a lot of people. Yes, 9/11 was a huge event, and that's why we must never forget it. We must also try very hard to undo the damage that was done in the name of avenging 9/11, and keep our noses to the grindstone to try and figure out what exactly happened, why, and how.

War on terror will likely keep rolling on, and the American Taliban segment of society will keep rolling with it. The question is, will the sound and fury be turned inwards? We all need to make our plans for this unfortunate possiblity. One thing's for sure: they will never be accepted.
Also 12.Oct.2004 12:11

JR

I wanted to add that hiring a corporation to oversee the people who are overseeing reconstruction in Iraq does not "make America safer," and hiring a company like Accenture, while it may make their partners Microsoft, Dell and Titan Corp. a little richer, it does not really "make Americans safer" and in fact, in the long run may make them unsafer.

Two more busted myths. They're falling like dominos now.

Missile attack and other alleged atrocities: 12.Oct.2004 17:59

redpeter



other alleged atrocities in IRAQ 12.Oct.2004 18:02

redpeter

Somehow we are promoting the war on terror, and then ask why our policies breed more attacks on the US military and allies (read civiliana and contractors)...

read on through to the end ..... to the end!

from:  http://www.tinyrevolution.com/mt/archives/000172.html#more

"Uh Oh
Seymour Hersh spoke at Berkeley last Friday, October 8th. He told a story about recently receiving a call from an American lieutenant in Iraq who'd just witnessed other American soldiers massacring Iraqis.

I typed up what he said from the Real Video file here. The story begins at about 41:45.

UPDATE: I'm told Hersh has said much the same at other events, including this October 1 appearance on the Diane Rehm Show. I haven't listened to it myself, however.

HERSH: I got a call last week from a soldier -- it's different now, a lot of communication, 800 numbers. He's an American officer and he was in a unit halfway between Baghdad and the Syrian border. It's a place where we claim we've done great work at cleaning out the insurgency. He was a platoon commander. First lieutenant, ROTC guy.

It was a call about this. He had been bivouacing outside of town with his platoon. It was near, it was an agricultural area, and there was a granary around. And the guys that owned the granary, the Iraqis that owned the granary... It was an area that the insurgency had some control, but it was very quiet, it was not Fallujah. It was a town that was off the mainstream. Not much violence there. And his guys, the guys that owned the granary, had hired, my guess is from his language, I wasn't explicit -- we're talking not more than three dozen, thirty or so guards. Any kind of work people were dying to do. So Iraqis were guarding the granary. His troops were bivouaced, they were stationed there, they got to know everybody...

They were a couple weeks together, they knew each other. So orders came down from the generals in Baghdad, we want to clear the village, like in Samarra. And as he told the story, another platoon from his company came and executed all the guards, as his people were screaming, stop. And he said they just shot them one by one. He went nuts, and his soldiers went nuts. And he's hysterical. He's totally hysterical. And he went to the captain. He was a lieutenant, he went to the company captain. And the company captain said, "No, you don't understand. That's a kill. We got thirty-six insurgents."

You read those stories where the Americans, we take a city, we had a combat, a hundred and fifteen insurgents are killed. You read those stories. It's shades of Vietnam again, folks, body counts...

You know what I told him? I said, fella, I said: you've complained to the captain. He knows you think they committed murder. Your troops know their fellow soldiers committed murder. Shut up. Just shut up. Get through your tour and just shut up. You're going to get a bullet in the back. You don't need that. And that's where we are with this war.


Posted by Jonathan Schwarz at October 12, 2004 11:12 AM "


Just WTF can we do?


dismantle the war machine makes an end to terror 12.Oct.2004 19:23

tom

the first canadian division makes the point scientifically that if you wish to end world terror you must dismantle the war machine which is the one and only source of terror.

Shatter the Big Lie 15.Oct.2004 22:50

Carol Brouillet

It is not a War on Terror; it is a War of Terror, against Americans and the world. It is the last gasp of a dying paradigm, the ruling elite clinging to their traditional techniques of violence, war, and terror to control the vast majority of people and silence dissent.

"It is not power that corrupts, but fear- fear of losing power and fear of the scourge of those who wield it." Aung Sung Suu Kyi

We must overcome fear; courage, truth, love, a sense of solidarity with other people and all of creation are our strengths and need to be nurtured.