From death row Mumia Abu-Jamal tells March 18-19 protests:
‘Down with the neo-con war in Iraq!’
Published Mar 23, 2006 10:25 PM
Monica Moorehead presents
Mumia’s message to the March 18
protest in New York.
Photo: Robert Mercado
From a March 5 audio commentary.
Ona move! Long
live John Africa! Thanks for inviting me to join ya’ll in this
international protest against this mad war in Iraq. I say mad ‘cause it
was waged solely because neo-cons have been itching for this battle for years.
In a report put out by the Project for a New American Century, the group
wrote that it needed a new Pearl Harbor to launch their plots. In an open letter
of January 1998, to the former President Clinton, eighteen members of this
project called for the removal of Saddam Hussein, saying it should be the aim of
American foreign policy.
9-11 provided the pretext for war and by then
eleven of those project members were at high levels of government. They forced
this war on the American people to seize the rich oil reserves in Iraq and to
dominate the region directly.
They brought this country and the Middle
East to the brink of disaster for their own financial, corporate and imperial
ends. The promises of freedom and democracy in Iraq were as empty and as
meaningless as the promises to rebuild New Orleans or to bring help to those
thousands who suffered in the wake of hurricane Katrina.
wasn’t incompetence, and neither was Katrina. They both were acts of
capitalism’s innate cruelty, where Iraqis can be bombed, invaded and
occupied based on lies and where African Americans can be left alone to face the
full fury of nature, and then left alone again to starve, to suffer, to drown,
Yes, stop the war in Iraq but how about stopping the war
against poor Black folks here at home, ‘cause both arrive from the same
source: this system. Let’s build a movement against both wars.
Death Row, this is Mumia Abu-Jamal, author of “We Want Freedom, a Life
in the Black Panther Party”.
Go to prisonradio.org to hear more
of Mumia’s audio commentaries. Go
to leftbooks.com to order his “We Want
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