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The mock battle ends

Let us be glad that the charade of the national election show is over. The majority of people affected by its outcome, in all the colonies of global imperialism around the world, were not allowed to vote. They will cast their votes in the struggle to come. And so will we. And we look for a different outcome in the real election.
Of course it is a bitter cup whenever oppression and deceit triumph. The sad and immoral choice of the American People to live in fear and blind hatred and contempt for others ought to inspire sorrow and deep grief.

Yet let us be glad that the charade of the national election show is over. The majority of people affected by its outcome, in all the colonies of global imperialism around the world, were not allowed to vote. They will cast their votes in the struggle to come. And so will we. And we look for a different outcome in the real election.

Do not be mystified at Kerry's loss in the face of his winning the "debates", and of the simplistic, stammering, contemptible slogans that were the Bush campaign. Kerry was handed all the weapons he needed for victory, and he left them lying on the ground.

Al Gore connected Abu Ghraib to Guantanamo to Rumsfeld to Ashcroft to Bush, revealing implicitly the obvious truth that the "War on Terrorism" is a fraud, and nudging Kerry to respond. Kerry could not wield this sword, because he was complicit in Bush's crimes. He had made the "War on Terrorism" a cornerstone of his campaign, having supported it from the beginning, even voting for the Patriot Act and even praising Bush in the debates for creating this "War", out of nothing, in September of 2001.

Dennis Kucinich offered the solution to the national debt - curtailing the military budget. But Kerry could not take up this weapon either, because he was complicit in the gigantic military expenditures on countless cruel machines of death and oppression. And he desired to wield these machines himself. So, he tried to define the budget and debt issue in the context of taxation and tax breaks. All Bush had to do was state the obvious truth that any real debt was caused by military expenditures, which, of course, he needed to fight "terrorism".

When the search for Iraq's threatening weapons found nothing, and Bush defectors suggested the arguments for the war were deceptions, Kerry could not join the attack because he was complicit in instigating the war, and he desired to continue it. He could only say he was deceived by the administration's evidence for the weapons. And all Bush had to reply was that he had been deceived as well. How could Kerry call Bush on the lie that he himself had told?

Kerry could not admit his mistakes and turn from the path of militarism. The countries of Europe and Asia, the Vatican, the United Nations denied the validity of the arguments for the Iraq war, a war Kerry helped authorize for Bush. And all Kerry wanted to change, as President, was to make a more persuasive case for other nations to join this illegal war. If the war was wrong, a brave leader would have rejected it. If the war was right, why not support the leader who started it?

Naturally, Kerry's faction didn't want the Iraq war to be the issue. Unfortunately for them, and for all of us as well, the Iraq war is what is happening now.

Actually, the election was lost during the primaries. The vast majority of voters supported Bush, Kerry and other militarists, even though Democratic voters had as many as five candidates who rejected the Iraq war. The servile leaders of organized labor and other "liberal" power blocks thought they needed a patriotic imperialist candidate, and diverted people's attention from the war. But only for a little while. You can't argue for the environment while you are bombing the earth. You can't argue for civil rights while you are torturing prisoners. You can't argue for social responsibility while you send your National Guard far away from the nation, to kill and be killed in pointless battles that only serve to enrich some corporation.

It is truly a terrible thing for us that the Bush faction was not thrown out in disarray, that we won't be able to appeal to a Kerry Administration to investigate Bush's crimes, and that the repression will surely grow. Yet the people of Iraq (and many other oppressed lands) have suffered far greater tribulations. And still some of them are able to resist. Our resistance has only begun.