The war against us all
Published Mar 30, 2005 10:42 AM
The following commentary was played at March 19 anti-war
rallies in the United States:
The war against us all. This war in Iraq
isn’t the end; it’s the beginning of wars to come all around the
world at the whim of the neo-cons in the White House.
This is the Bush
Doctrine come to life: war, war, and more war. War brought to you by the big
corporate masters who run the show.
This isn’t just a war on Iraqis
or Afghanis or even Arabs or Muslims. It is ultimately a war on us all.
That’s because the billions and billions of dollars that are being spent
on this war—the cost of tanks, rocketry, bullets, and yes, even salaries
for the 125,000-plus troops—is money that will never be spent on
education, on health care, on the reconstruction of crumbling public housing, or
to train and place the millions of workers who have lost manufacturing jobs in
the past three years alone.
The war in Iraq is, in reality, a war against
the nation’s workers and the poor who are getting less and less while the
big defense industries are making a killing—literally. What’s next?
Iran? Syria? North Korea? Venezuela? We’ve already seen the corporate
media play megaphone to the White House to build and promote a war based on
It’s been a long time ago, but that great Russian
revolutionary, Leon Trotsky, said, “War is utilized by the imperialists,
first and foremost, to crush internal enemies.” We’re seeing the
truth of his insight when we see the sad state of American education, the rush
of seniors to buy affordable medication from the Canadians because American
drugs are just too expensive, the threatened privatization of Social Security,
and the wave of repression that comes with an increasingly militarized police.
Does the Homeland Security Department make you feel any safer?
America things get grimmer every day as resources that are already scarce begin
to shrink even further. Young people feel that prisons are a rite of passage, an
inevitable place to visit. And a decent job seems like a distant
This is a war on all of us, and the struggle against war is really
a struggle for a better life for the millions of folks who are in need here in
this country. The fight against the war is really to fight for your own
interests, not the false interests of the defense industries, or the corporate
media, or the White House.
Down with the wars for empire!
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