COLUMN SIXTY-FOUR, OCTOBER 1, 2001
(Copyright © 2001 Al Aronowitz)
AGITPROP NEWS: 9.25.1
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2001 01:42:20 -0400
From: "Alewitz, Mike (Dept. of Art)" ALEWITZM@mail.ccsu.edu
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I've Seen This Before
following are edited remarks by LaMP Artistic Dierector Mike Alewitz at
mural faced many obstacles to it's creation.
Not the least of these
reason these vandals attcked the mural here was because they are afraid.
Tubman was an ordinary woman - illiterate and frequently ill.
Tubman was a woman of action. But
she was also an independant
we must follow in the footsteps of harriet Tubman. Today we too must
night I watched the President's speech on TV.
On the wall behind the
looked from the photo back to the screen, and I watched as all the
looked back at the photo and wondered how many of those bright and
asked myself - what would Harriet Tubman do if she were alive today.
hope you all will also question what you see on TV.
Because in a few
you do is is extremely important. What
you, and the rest of your
George W. is sincere about wanting to hunt down and kill the people responsible
for Osama Bin Laden, he might as well start with his father.
It was the Reagan/Bush CIA, after all, that made Bin Laden what he is
today. Everybody knows this but nobody mentions it, partly because it's so
inconvenient, and partly because we're so embarrassed by the obvious Freudian
implications of it all, and the thought that thousands and thousands of people
may be about to die for what boils down to a rivalry over the sexual favors of
The Media March to War
is only one way to begin to deal with people like this, and that is
--former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger (CNN, 9/11/01)
response to this unimaginable 21st-century Pearl Harbor should be as
--Steve Dunleavy (New York Post, 9/12/01)
roused to a righteous anger has always been a force for good.
--Rich Lowry, National Review editor, to Howard Kurtz (Washington Post, 9/13/01
TO TAKE NAMES AND NUKE AFGHANISTAN."
--Caption to cartoon by Gary Brookins (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 9/13/01
a bare minimum, tactical nuclear capabilites should be used against the bin
Laden camps in the desert of Afghanistan. To do less would be rightly seen by
the poisoned minds that orchestrated these attacks as cowardice on the part of
the United States and the current administration."
--Former Defense Intelligence Agency officer Thomas Woodrow, "Time to Use the Nuclear Option" (Washington Times, 9/14/01
O'Reilly: "If the Taliban government of Afghanistan does not cooperate,
then we will damage that government with air power, probably. All right? We will
blast them, because..."
Sam Husseini, Institute for Public Accuracy: "Who will you kill in the process?
"Doesn't make any difference."
--("The O'Reilly Factor," Fox News Channel, 9/13/01)
is no time to be precious about locating the exact individuals directly involved
in this particular terrorist attack.... We should invade their countries, kill
their leaders and convert them to Christianity.
We weren't punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his
top officers. We carpet-bombed
German cities; we killed civilians. That's
war. And this is war."
--Syndicated columnist Ann Coulter (New York Daily News, 9/12/01)
Countries Bombed by the USA
El Salvador 1980s
Other Swell Friends Like bin Laden
bin Laden joins a long list of characters once backed by the United
include: Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, installed as Shah of Iran in 1953, after a
CIA-backed military coup overthrows Mohammed Mossadegh.
Dinh Diem, 1950s South Vietnamese leader, whose support by the CIA would
eventually culminate in the Vietnam war.
dictator "Papa Doc" Duvalier, who came into power in 1959. When he
CIA is implicated in the 1961 assassination of Patrice Lumumba, the Congo's
first democratically elected president. The CIA-backed Mobuto Sese Seko was
Castelo Branco, Brazilian dictator who took power in 1964 and went on to form
South America's first death squads, secret police trained by the CIA.
Nol, the CIA-backed Cambodian leader who assumed power in 1970 and immediately
involved his country in the Vietnam conflict, an unpopular move which spawned
the Khmer Rouge uprising.
Augusto Pinochet, Chilean dictator who assumed power in 1973 after the
assassination of Salvador Allende, South America's first democratically elected
leader Jonas Savimbi, whose role in Angola's civil war has continued since 1975.
Abdel Rahman, Muslim extremist armed and trained by the CIA to resist the Soviet
invasion of Afghanistan, later implicated in the 1993 World Trade Center
dictator Anastasios Samoza II, whose National Guard took to the hills after his
overthrow in 1979 and waged war against Sandinista government forces as the
D'Aubuisson, whose CIA-trained death squads massacred thousands in El Salvador
in the 1980s.
U.S. Had Finalized Plans Before WTC Attack
the BBC's George Arney
former Pakistani diplomat has told the BBC that the US was planning military
action against Osama Bin Laden and the Taleban even before last week's attacks.
Naik, a former Pakistani Foreign Secretary, was told by senior American
officials in mid-July that military action against Afghanistan would go ahead by
the middle of October.
troops were on standby.
Naik said US officials told him of the plan at a UN-sponsored international
contact group on Afghanistan which took place in Berlin.
Naik told the BBC that at the meeting the US representatives told him that
unless Bin Laden was handed over swiftly America would take military action to
kill or capture both Bin Laden and the Taleban leader, Mullah Omar.
wider objective, according to Mr Naik, would be to topple the Taleban regime and
install a transitional government of moderate Afghans in its place--- possibly
under the leadership of the former Afghan King Zahir Shah.
Naik was told that Washington would launch its operation from bases in
Tajikistan, where American advisers were already in place.
"Austin, Andrew" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
troops may be necessary to seize Osama bin Laden but they will be entering a
country containing one tenth of the world's land mines, left by Soviet
occupation forces across 80 per cent of the land.
what about those mines? If the Americans are even contemplating a ground force,
it can enter only from Pakistan the
most dangerous main supply route it would be possible to find
and up the Kabul Gorge from Jalalabad. But the Russians seeded the
perimeters of Jalalabad, Kandahar, Khost and Herat with anti-armour mines. There
are, in Afghanistan today, more than 10 million mines. They lie in fields, on
mountainsides, beside roads, around the big cities, along irrigation ditches. On
average, between 20 and 25 Afghan men, women and children are blown up by mines
every day even if we take the lower
figure, this indicates 73,000 civilian casualties from these mines in the past
10 years alone.
military incursion would, therefore, need an army of mine clearance specialists
as well as soldiers, men who would have to inch their way over the roughest
terrain in the world while under
attack to make the roads and
countryside safe for the Americans and their allies. Of Afghanistan's 29
provinces, 27 are littered with mines.
their savage 10-year occupation, the Russians also planted thousands of mines in
"security zones" around Afghanistan's airports, power stations and
government installations. Western non-governmental organisations working in the
country two years ago estimated that it would cost $1 per mine to clear
Afghanistan's 10 million mines and 45 days to clear merely a square mile of
land. There are now two million disabled men, women and children in Afghanistan.
No infantry can march across this territory.
(London) 18 September 2001
embarrassed Pentagon yesterday was forced to rethink its choice of codename for
the war on terrorism declared by President Bush after Muslims complained that
the name Infinite Justice was blasphemous.
defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, distanced himself from the offending phrase,
saying it had been thought up by "someone, somewhere", but doubting it
said: "Obviously, the United States does not want to do or say things that
create an impression on the part of the listener that would be a
White House official said it was likely the name would be withdrawn after
complaints from "Muslim clerics" that infinite justice could only be
provided by God, not the US government.
(London)Friday September 21, 2001
Thousands March in Portland
- Red Emma <email@example.com>
thousands of people gathered on the South Park Blocks Sunday at noon to rally
and march for peace. The event, put on by Portland Peaceful Response, had
and speakers ran the gamut from members of the local Middle Eastern community,
to Native American and Christian spiritual leaders, to teachers and union
activists, to long-time peace activists, and many more.
We all were very much heartened to see so many of our fellow Portlanders
coming out and standing up for peace. As
several speakers remarked from the stage, the media accounts saying 85% of
Americans support war do not seem so believable now.
was no counter-demonstration, and I personally did not see any harassment or
overt hostility from passers-by, although there may have been some.
Our Grief is Not a Cry for War
PERFORMANCE-- "OUR GRIEF IS NOT A CRY FOR WAR."
12 noon today, Saturday, over 100 artists all wearing black filed onto Union
Square at 14th Street in New York City where many people have been gathering for
the last 10 days to grieve and to try to make sense of what happened on
September 11. A hush fell over the
crowd at Union Square as the artists took their places in a semi-circle. For one
hour they stood in silence wearing face masks and placards silk-screened with
"OUR GRIEF IS NOT A CRY FOR WAR." The response to this performance was electric, many people
coming up to take stickers, find out who these people were, and thank them. Some
were in tears.
of photographs were taken of this performance by people who saw it, including
two by an AP photographer which landed on the yahoo.com homepage at 8:30
Saturday night. Within an hour one
of the pictures became the "most popular" photo on the site, having
been sent to other people over 400 times.
group who organized the performance were artists in film, video, visual art,
theater, dance, spoken word. They do not want their grief to be used as a
justification for war, attacks on Arabs and Muslims, and new repressive laws or
clampdowns. More artworks and performances are being planned.
Network of Refuse & Resist!
US Planned Domestic Terrorism
U.S. military's top brass in the early 1960s concocted secret plans for
terrorizing American cities, killing people on U.S. streets, even blowing up a
U.S. military ship to build support for an invasion of Cuba, a new book reports.
The civilian leadership, fortunately, nixed the ideas.
the early 1960s, America's top military leaders reportedly drafted plans to kill
innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities to create public
support for a war against Cuba.
named Operation Northwoods, the plans reportedly included the possible
assassination of Cuban emigres, sinking boats of Cuban refugees on the high
seas, hijacking planes, blowing up a U.S. ship, and even orchestrating violent
terrorism in U.S. cities.
plans were developed as ways to trick the American public and the international
community into supporting a war to oust Cuba's then new leader, communist Fidel
top military brass even contemplated causing U.S. military casualties, writing:
"We could blow up a U.S. ship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba," and,
"casualty lists in U.S. newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national
of the plans are described in Body of Secrets (Doubleday), a new book by
investigative reporter James Bamford about the history of America's largest spy
agency, the National Security Agency. However, the plans were not connected to
the agency, he notes.
plans had the written approval of all of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and were
presented to President Kennedy's defense secretary, Robert McNamara, in March
1962. But they apparently were rejected by the civilian leadership and have gone
undisclosed for nearly 40 years.
1000 Protest Against War and Racism in Montreal
1000 PROTEST AGAINST WAR AND RACISM IN MONTREAL
-- September 23, 2001 - Over one thousand people demonstrated this afternoon
against war and racism in downtown Montreal. The protest, called by the
Emergency Coalition Against War Hysteria and Racism, was organized within
one-week, and only publicized for a few days. It is part of ongoing grassroots
anti-war events that have emerged here since September 11. Many more
demonstrations and public events are planned in the upcoming weeks.
demonstration began with a gathering at the Norman Bethune statue at Concordia
University. Speakers on the outdoor sound system included a member of the local
Afghan community, a member of a group organizing against the sanctions policy in
Iraq (Voices of Conscience), and a representative of the South Asian Women's
Community Center. The speakers voiced clear opposition to war, racism and some
spoke too of the context of US imperialism in the world. There were many fears
voiced by speakers about the human ramifications of any military intervention in
the Middle East and South Asia.
some chanting, took to the downtown streets, marching along Ste-Catherine
Street. At its high point, the demonstration occupied several city blocks, and
bystanders on the sidewalk were especially curious of the open and public
display of dissent, with many expressing sympathy, and a few others expressing
Thousands Rally for Peace in Germany Cities.
22 September 2001
- Several thousand demonstrators took to the streets of Berlin and other German
cities on Saturday shouting "No Third World War" and urging the United
States not to answer attacks on its cities with more violence.
banners reading "Enough deaths" and "No retaliation," the
demonstrators gathered outside the Berlin city hall. Police said a few thousand
were on the streets. Smaller protests were also held in Cologne, Bremen and
are here because we are worried about the reaction of the United States. The
attacks cannot be justified but we need to think about what the real causes
were," said one demonstrator, carrying his daughter on his shoulders.
a smaller protest of Afghanis in Berlin and their supporters, protesters waved
banners reading "Please don't answer violence with violence" and
"No bombs on Afghanistan."
Make Love, Not War
22 September 2001. Marchers Protest Against War During EU Talks.
-- About 1,000 protesters marched through the Belgian city of Liege under
banners reading "Make Love, Not War" on Saturday as EU finance
ministers discussed the September 11 assaults on the United States.
organizers, a broad alliance of social rights groups and left-wing activists
dubbed D14, headed toward the barricaded conference center where the ministers
were meeting, saying they wanted to deliver a letter demanding peace and more
the suicide plane attacks that left some 6,800 people dead or missing in New
York and Washington, and European Union leaders' pledge of support for a U.S.
riposte, the militants coupled calls for more jobs and democracy in Europe with
an anti-war message.
the first principle is to be anti-war and refuse to participate in U.S.
action," D14 militant George Robert said.
think military action can only end in more deaths," another D14 activist,
Raoul Hebebouw, told Reuters.
poll in more than 30 countries showed that although the majority of
international public opinion opposes a massive U.S. military strike in
percent of Israelis backed military action, while 54 percent of Americans were
in favor," said Swiss polling firm Isopublic, which
80 percent of Europeans and around 90 percent of South Americans favor
extradition and a court verdict. By European comparison, calls for a tough
military response were above average among the French [29 percent] and the Dutch
[28 percent]," it said.
surveys were done between September 17 and 19, around one week after the
September 11 suicide attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the
Pentagon in Washington killed more than 6,000 people.
majorities of between 70 and 80 percent supported limiting any strike to
military rather than civilian targets, the survey found. Asked if their own
country should support a U.S. military asssault, people in NATO countries other
than Greece tended to agree.
out of five Danes backed the idea, followed by 79 percent in Britain and 73
percent in France. Greeks were the least enthusiastic with only 29 percent,
below 53 percent in Germany and 58 percent in Norway and Spain.
survey was carried out in Argentina, Austria, Bosnia, Britain, Bulgaria,
Croatia, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Israel,
Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan,
Peru, Portugal, Romania, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, the
United States and Zimbabwe.
You Reap What You Sow
Powell when asked how many civilians were killed during the Gulf War bombings
(estimated to be in excess of 100,000) replied, "It's not a
number I'm terribly interested in."
Albright, when asked if she had heard the figure of some 100,000 children killed
by starvation and disease due to the embargo on Iraq, responded by saying,
"We think it was worth it."
must stop sowing.
all terrorism. State terrorism included.
God Will Not Be Mocked
transcript of comments from the Thursday, September 13, 2001 edition of the
FALWELL: The ACLU's got to take a lot of blame for this.
ROBERTSON: Well, yes.
FALWELL: And, I know that I'll hear from them for this. But, throwing God out
successfully with the help of the federal court system, throwing God out of the
public square, out of the schools. The abortionists have got to bear some burden
for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little
innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the
abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively
trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American
Way---all of them who have tried to secularize America---I point the
finger in their face and say "you helped this happen."
ROBERTSON: Well, I totally concur, and the problem is we have adopted that
agenda at the highest levels of our government. And so we're responsible as a
free society for what the top people do. And, the top people, of course, is the
FALWELL: Pat, did you notice yesterday the ACLU, and all the Christ-haters,
People For the American Way, NOW, etc. were totally disregarded by the Democrats
and the Republicans in both houses of Congress as they went out on the steps and
called out on to God in prayer and sang "God Bless America" and said
"let the ACLU be hanged"? In other words, when the nation is on its
knees, the only normal and natural and spiritual thing to do is what we ought to
be doing all the time---calling upon God.
Mobilization Against Civil Liberties
Bush administration's "Mobilization Against Terrorism Act," sent to
Congress this week, contains provisions that constitute a sweeping attack on
White House did not wait for Congressional action, using its own authority to
amend the rules on detention of legal immigrants and foreign visitors. The rules
were changed to allow the Immigration and Naturalization Service to detain legal
aliens and visitors for 48 hours instead of 24 hours before deciding whether to
charge them with any crime, and to hold them indefinitely without charges when
the president declares a national emergency. A national emergency has now been
enacted, and federal authorities are presently holding 120 people picked up
since the September 11 plane hijackings and attacks on the World Trade Center
and the Pentagon, and are searching for another 190. Justice Department
officials have announced that all those non-citizens held in connection with the
terror attack will be subject to indefinite detention.
proposed legislation will make it possible for the attorney general to detain
and deport immigrants without presenting any evidence to a court. It would also
make it easier for the FBI to tap telephones, obtain search warrants and follow
the movements of money. The FBI and other police agencies would be able to seize
billing information like credit card numbers from Internet companies without a
court order. Evidence obtained through electronic surveillance by foreign
governments with methods that violate the Fourth Amendment protection against
unreasonable search and seizure would be allowable.
legislation would also expand the definition of a terrorist to anyone who knows
or "should know" that an organization they support in any way is a
terrorist organization. It will enable law enforcement authorities to obtain the
educational records of any student they deem a suspected terrorist.
the evening of September 11 the FREEDOM GAME was vandalized. The artwork was in
the Public Art Biennial at the Neuberger Museum of Art at the SUNY Purchase
campus in Westchester County. The work which is 8 foot tall is in the shape of
the letterform "F" that turns in the wind. There is a gameboard design
on each side that includes text and images related to opposing views of freedom.
The idea of the piece is that freedom is a contested concept and needs to be
continually defined and understood. The work was wrenched off of the base and
laid down. Authorities assume it was an act of students who were upset with the
disaster in New York and elsewhere earlier in the day.
website documentation: http://tigger.stcloudstate.edu/~kc/fg/index.html
Arab-Canadian Art Show Censored
pays qui m'habitent/ The Lands Within Me", presenting the work of
preparations have been going on for five years. We have no doubt that the tragic
events that took place on the September 11th in New York and Washington are in
direct correspondence to the decision. A few days prior to that the Museum sent
all the artists letters requesting a list of invitees and affirming the opening
date (copies available upon request).
believe that the decision was a political one. It is unfortunate that in this
time of backlashes and a rise of racist attacks against members of our
community, a federal government institution (one of the largest public museums
in Canada) is assuming such an unproductive and unsupportive position.
the midst of this recent wave of racism and intolerance governmental agencies
and politicians are conducting various campaigns of cultural awareness and
tolerance. It is troubling that the Museum of Civilization is taking exactly the
opposite stance. It is postponing an important and unique cultural event that
has the potential to counteract some of the prejudices that our community has so
Museum has indicated that the purpose of the postponement is to provide a
"context" for the exhibition in light of anti-Arab sentiment following
the attacks on the U.S. on September 11th. We stress that this kind of
"spin control" actually encourages such a sentiment by anticipating a
racist response from the audience.
firmly believe that cultural events such as this have a important educational
and humanitarian role, and that they are needed at times like this more then
ever. By postponing or canceling such an important exhibition, the Museum sends
a message with grave implications, for example;
that any event involving Arab culture needs to be "spin-controlled".
that any present or future event conducted by or for the Arab-Canadian community
is liable to be a security risk.
the assumption that all Canadians hold a position of antagonism towards the
Arab-Canadian community, hence the risk of low attendance.
or simply the assumption could be made that bias, punitive, and racist
collective measures have been approved by the Museum of Civilization's board of
believe that the Museum needs to stand up and show support for the Arab-Canadian
community and to exhibit the exemplary art works made by Arab-Canadian artists.
This will help bridge the divide between Canadians and
REQUEST ALL WHO SUPPORT US TO CONTACT THE MUSEUM OF CIVILIZATION AND VOICE
President and Chief Executive Officer
Corporate Secretary and Director General, Strategic Planning
Hage (exhibition artist) Montreal, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jayce Salloum (exhibition artist) Vancouver, email@example.com
Laura Marks (writer/critic), Ottawa, firstname.lastname@example.org
Clear Channel Censors
Channel, one the world's largest radio networks, sent out a list of some 150
"lyrically questionable" songs to its radio stations -- recommending
that the songs not be aired because they might offend listeners impacted by the
attack. The songs which Clear Channel recommended censoring included:
Armstrong "What A
The Beatles "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"
The Beatles "Ticket To Ride"
John Lennon "Imagine"
Creedence Clearwater Revival "Travelin' Band"
The Doors "The End"
Elton John "Rocket Man"
Jerry Lee Lewis "Great Balls of Fire"
Peter Paul and Mary "Blowin' in the Wind"
Simon And Garfunkel "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
Cat Stevens "Peace Train"
Don McLean "American Pie"
Frank Sinatra "New York, New York"
Edwin Starr/Bruce Springstein "War"
REM "It's the End of the World as We Know It"
Talking Heads "Burning Down the House"
James Taylor "Fire and Rain"
Rage Against The Machine songs were also included on the Clear Channel list.
US intelligence services ignore a French warning? -- In a rather shocking
article in today's edition, the Paris daily Le Monde charged this morning that
Paris paper reported that at a meeting in Paris on September 5 and 6 between an
delegation from the FBI and French counter-espionage DST police and DGSE
militaires, DST investigators tried to draw the Americans' attention to the
arrest in Minnesota of a Franco-Algerian man they regarded as very dangerous--a
man taken into custody when he made instructors at a flight school suspicious
because of his bizarre request for training on a jetliner flight simulator. He
wanted, instructors said, to learn to fly a large jet, but only horizontally--he
was disinterested in learning takeoffs and landings
man is now in custody in New York as a material witness.
investigators said that they warned the FBI representatives at the meeting that
the suspect in their custody was known to be part of the Al-Qaeta terror
network, and had strong ties to Osama bin Laden.
the American delegation, Le Monde reports today, was preoccupied instead with
administrative and procedural matters, and "n'avait guere prete attention a
Monde also writes that the Americans told the French team that terrorist attacks
inside the US were impossible because they was "unimaginable."
Aim for the Face
-- Kathy Rockel was amazed when her United Airlines flight last weekend began
with an extraordinary message from the pilot: He informed passengers how to rise
up and fend off hijackers.
anybody stands up and is trying to take over the plane, stand up together, take
whatever you have and throw it at their heads," she quoted the pilot as
saying. "You have to aim for their faces so they have to defend
pilot also said passengers could fight hijackers by throwing blankets over their
heads, wrestling them to the ground and holding them until he landed, Rockel
said. And referring to the "we the people" preamble to the
Constitution, she recalled, he said, "We will not be defeated."
on the plane was applauding," said Rockel, a medical transcriptionist
traveling from Denver to Washington, D.C., September 15 on United's Flight 564.
"People had tears coming down their faces. It was as if we had a choice
here, that if something were to happen we're not completely powerless."
Statements on the WTC
should take our example not from our military and political leaders shouting
"retaliate" and "war" but from the doctors and nurses and
medical students and firemen and policemen who have been saving lives in the
midst of mayhem, whose first thoughts are not violence, but healing, not
vengeance but compassion." Howard Zinn
crime is a gift to the hard jingoist right, those who hope to use force to
control their domains. That is even putting aside the likely U.S. actions, and
what they will trigger-possibly more attacks like this one, or worse. The
prospects ahead are even more ominous than they appeared to be before the latest
atrocities." Noam Chomsky
Palestinians who suffer daily from acts of Israeli aggression against our
innocent people, we cannot find the words to express how shocked we were to see
the horrific scenes on TV. We condemn such acts and we do not accept such
horrific acts in the 3rd millennium where peace, prosperity and freedom should
cover the whole world." Beir Sahour Municipality, Palestine
position of Cuba against all kinds of terrorist actions is well known. We cannot
forget that for over 40 years our people has been victim of such actions,
promoted from the territory of the United States itself. Due to historical
reasons, as well as ethical principles, the Government of our country fully
rejects and condemns the attacks committed against the above mentioned
facilities, and expresses its sincerest condolences to the American people for
the distressing and unjustifiable loss of human lives caused by such acts."
Government of the Republic of Cuba
policies of militarism pursued by the United States have resulted in millions of
deaths, from the historic tragedy of the Indochina war, through the funding of
death squads in Central America and Colombia, to the sanctions and air strikes
against Iraq. This nation is the largest supplier of 'conventional weapons' in
the world-and those weapons fuel the starkest kind of terrorism from Indonesia
to Africa. The early policy support for armed resistance in Afghanistan resulted
in the victory of the Taliban-and the creation of Osama bin Laden." War
did bin Laden go to terrorist school? At the CIA! Don't take my word for it-I
saw a piece on MSNBC last year that laid it all out. When the Soviet Union
occupied Afghanistan, the CIA trained him and his buddies in how to commit acts
of terrorism against the Soviet forces. It worked! The Soviets turned and ran.
Bin Laden was grateful for what we taught him and thought it might be fun to use
those same techniques against us. We abhor terrorism-unless we're the ones doing
the terrorizing." Michael Moore
anything curtail the carnage of capital, the carnage of terrorism, and the
carnage of repressive reaction? Our best hope is to win institutional change
that reduces profit-seeking and political subordination, while also reducing
desires to lash out with mindless and inhumane terrorism." Michael Albert
not a foreign policy which by mutual efforts: advances the sciences, with
research widening medical information to provide aid to everyone; advances
agricultural knowledge to provide food and eliminate hunger and malnutrition;
provides stricter safety in transportation vehicles, airplanes, railroads and
automobiles; protects the entertainment industry, eliminates violent content and
broadens racial cultural information and exchanges; shortens the work week for
full employment at a living wage (yes, provide the plowshares instead of
munitions); and protects the environment, its resources and the abundant living
space of the wild creatures.
yr old working muralist Abe Graber)
Department of Art
Central Connecticut State University
New Britain, CT 06050
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