Monday, November 16, 2009

Plea to you

You have an obligation to every last victim of your illegal aggression, because all of this carnage has been done in your name.

Since World War II, 90 percent of the casualties of war are unarmed civilians, a third of them children. Your victims have done nothing to you. From Palestine to Afghanistan to Iraq to Somalia to wherever your next target may be, their murders are not collateral damage. They are the nature of modern warfare.

They don't hate you because of your freedoms. They hate you because every day, you are funding and committing crimes against humanity.
The so-called war on terror is a cover for your military aggression to gain control of the resources of Western nations. This is sending the poor of this country to kill the poor of those Muslim countries. This is trading blood for oil. This is genocide, and to most of the world, you are the terrorists.

In these times, remaining silent about your responsibility to the world and its future is criminal, and in light of your complicity in the supreme crimes against humanity in Iraq and Afghanistan and ongoing violations of the UN charter and international law, how dare any American criticize the actions of legitimate resistance to illegal occupation? How dare you condemn anyone else's violence?

Your so-called enemies in Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine and your other colonies around the world, and your inner cities here at home are struggling against the oppressive hand of empire, demanding respect for their humanity. They are labeled insurgents or terrorists for resisting rape and pillage by the white establishment, but they are your brothers and sisters in the struggle for justice.

The civilians at the other end of your weapons don't have a choice. But American soldiers have choices, and while there may have been some doubt five years ago, today, we know the truth. Your soldiers don't sacrifice for duty, honor and country. They sacrifice for Kellogg, Brown and Root. They don't fight for America--they fight for their lives and their buddies beside them because you put them in a war zone.

They're not defending your freedoms--they are laying the foundations for 14 permanent military bases to defend the freedoms of ExxonMobil and British Petroleum. They're not establishing democracy, they're establishing the basis for an economic occupation to continue after the military occupation has ended.

Iraqi society today, thanks to American help, is defined by house raids, death squads, checkpoints, detentions, curfews, blood in the streets and constant violence. You must dare to speak out in support of the Iraqi people, who resist and endure the horrific existence you brought upon them through your bloodthirsty imperial crusade.

You must dare to speak out in support of the American war resisters--the real military heroes, who uphold their oath to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, including those terrorist cells in Washington, D.C., more commonly known as the legislative, executive and judicial branches.

Frederick Douglass said: "Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its mighty waters.

"The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will."

Every one of you must keep demanding, keep fighting, keep thundering, keep plowing, keep speaking and keep struggling until justice is served. No justice, no peace.