End the violence — stop U.S. wars abroad
While truth of Times Square car bomb remains unknown
Published May 6, 2010 9:26 PM
We never trust what the state authorities say regarding someone held completely
in their power. Nor do we trust what the corporate media spreads about the
prisoner, his or her history or alleged motives. Even less would we trust what
they say about someone charged with “terrorism.”
We do know, however, that the story spread against the person accused of trying
to explode a car in New York City’s Times Square has a political context.
The government and corporate media spin the story to defend U.S. imperialism.
They defend the policing of the population here. They defend U.S. war policy
toward Pakistan, Afghanistan and the entire West and Central Asian region.
We also know that the local and federal government, with the help of the
corporate media, will attempt to use this incident to further increase
repression in the U.S. They will use it to justify their attacks on the
Pakistani immigrant community — at a time when at least two Pakistani
political prisoners, Dr. Aafia Siddiqui and Fahad Hashmi, languish in New York
prisons. They will attempt to legitimize the increasing militarization of the
country — cops with submachine guns on the subway platforms; increased
screenings at the airports.
During the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression — in the days
following a massive, national upsurge of workers on May Day — they will
attempt to divide with their continuing racist, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant
Whatever the truth behind the Times Square incident, it is U.S. imperialist
aggression in that region that has created a political context for such an act.
Any attack aimed at civilians is grotesque, but this one would be minuscule
compared to the deaths, injuries, destruction and utter chaos that U.S.
imperialism has brought to Iraq and Afghanistan and has begun to inflict on the
170 million Pakistanis.
Over the last 20 years U.S. sanctions, war and occupation have killed 2 million
Iraqis, made 5 million refugees and divided Iraq in three parts in order to
rule it. Its 30 years of subversion, invasion and outright occupation have
prevented progressive development in Afghanistan. Now it is sending more
troops. Only the Pentagon’s iron control of the media prevents more
frequent revelations of U.S. atrocities against civilians, committed both by
troops flying U.S. and NATO flags and by the U.S. mercenaries
“contracted” as substitute hired killers.
For the last two years, at least, Pakistan too has been a U.S. target. In two
Washington continually presses the Pakistan government to order its army
against the people living in the border areas with Afghanistan. When the army
goes in, it may kill some fighters but it unquestionably kills many civilians,
provoking what can turn into a horrible civil war in this vast country.
The Pentagon also carries out a war from the safety of high-tech bases in the
United States. Remotely piloted planes fire rockets on houses in Pakistan. They
hit extended families at wedding parties. They hit farmers. The Pentagon claims
they hit “Pakistani Taliban.”
There is a courageous civilian opposition in Pakistan to the attacks by the
army and the drones. It has demonstrated that it can mobilize hundreds of
thousands and has mass support. Of course, U.S. policy is aimed at stopping
Those in the U.S. who want an end to the violence should remember how this was
achieved during an earlier war — the war on Vietnam. A massive opposition here
to that war helped end it and stay the hands of the war profiteers.
More than ever, we need a mass movement of people in the United States
demanding the troops be pulled out of Iraq, Afghanistan and no attacks on
Pakistan. We want the hundreds of billions of dollars wasted on war to be spent
on jobs, homes and health care here.
Let’s build solidarity, not hatred, between the working class of the U.S.
and the farmers, workers and progressive people of Pakistan, as well as with
the Pakistani community here.
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