Needed: more than a short-term, one-war, anti-war movement.
Richard Perle speaking: "This is total war. We are fighting a variety of enemies. There are lots of them our there.... If we just let our vision of the world go forth, and we embrace it entirely, and we don't try to piece together clever diplomacy but just wage total war, our children will sing great songs about us years from now"
He means what he says.
This past September the U.S. President submitted to Congress, as presidents annually do, the "National Security Strategy of the United States."
"The United States will not hesitate to strike pre-emptively against its enemies, even if it faces international opposition, and will never again allow its military supremacy to be threatened.
"As a matter of common sense and self-defence, America will act against such emerging threats before they are fully formed.
"In the new world we have entered, the only path to peace and security is the path of action."
It is crystal clear: this document declares that the U.S. intends to dominate the world by force of arms, to wage wars whenever and wherever it senses the least possibility of a challenge to its total domination, accusing and attacking countries and peoples without any need to provide evidence that justifies its accusations.
The sovereignty of one country, and one country alone, is uncompromised. Need I name it? And why is sovereignty of the U.S.A. inviolable? Because, in the words of the document, the U.S.A. is the "single sustainable, model for national success: freedom, democracy and free enterprise."
So, as we continue to build our still very fragile anti-war movement, we must understand that we are not merely challenging a single war, but confronting a strategy of worldwide and permanent war-making.
Washington has seized 9/11 as its pretext for proclaiming this strategy; and, as quickly as they morph Osama bin Laden (Osama who?) into Saddam Hussein as today's logo for all evil, they soon will morph Hussein (Hussein who?) into some new logo, and that logo into a newer logo, and on and on -- replaying the same horror movie with one morphing face to fill the big screen.
Any credible, sustainable, effective anti-war movement must not shuffle from the Afghan room to the Iraq room to the Syria room to the Iran room to the Saudi room to the Korea room to the Colombia room like some mindless mouse chasing cheese on a dragging string
They have told us their plan; we must take them at their word.
As for the Middle East region, there already are two wars being waged. One is the more than decade-long war of sanctions and now intensifying bombing against the people of Iraq. The second is an even longer war, the continuation of the 1948 Israeli war against the Palestinian people, significantly intensified in the last two years.
The planned, imminent escalation of both wars is linked by shared American-Israeli interests in the region and by a sharing of the same strategic planners. There is joint military coordination, too. As Phylis Bennis said in a November 29 speech at the UN to the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, the Israeli combat assault upon and massacre of Palestinians who waged fierce resistance in the dense refugee housing of Jenin "provides the model on which Israeli training of U.S. commandos preparing for urban warfare in Iraq is based."
An anti-war movement with moral integrity and political acumen must oppose all major proponents of war -- the United States and Israel are the two most enthusiastic -- and defend all victims of war -- the Iraqis and the Palestinians are the two most immediately endangered peoples in the Middle East region.
But the shared imperial "vision" goes further than direct occupation of Iraq and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza. These are parts of a still more megalomaniac scheme to redraw the map of the entire Middle East, from Iran to Egypt, rearranging boundaries and rulers as has not been seen since the British and French empires moved their armies and pencils across the same maps after the defeat of the Ottomans in World War One.
Mordecai Briemberg is a member of the CD Editorial Collective.
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|Date:||Mar 1, 2003|
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