Across the nation,
It is a moment of truth, a pivotal time, one of those fateful points where you have to decide – left or right, in or out, smile and play along or say “the Hell with the Masters” and step down from your assigned spot on the killing line.
Bush and the other fundamentalist arch-imperialists and corporate-military plutocrats in the White House are prepared now to go beyond their bellicose Orwellian rhetoric. They are ready to enter the War Criminals’ Hall of Fame by launching an unjust, illegal attack on a weak, impoverished and effectively disarmed nation that poses no serious threat to the American people. They are prepared to launch a truly terrible act of aggression, launching 800 cruise missiles into
Their chicken hawk hearts are quickening as they gear up to fight a “war” from behind their well-guarded desks, walls and computer screens. To quote from Bob Dylan’s “Masters of War,” they’ve “fasten[ed] the triggers, for the others to fire.” They will “sit back and watch while the death count gets hire.”
Bush and Blair are prepared to destroy untold numbers of innocent Iraqi civilians – United Nations put 500,000 Iraqis at risk – in the name of “democracy” and “freedom,” code words for empire when uttered by American statesmen, as is well understood outside the
It is a moment of truth for the world state system. Bush, Rumsfeld and the rest are prepared to put the last nail in the coffin of a multi-lateral world order. At the moment that the first bombs land in
The ultimate regime change the Bush cabal seeks is international. It wants to overthrow the last hints of serious global cooperation and undo international law. It seeks to enshrine
It is a moment of truth for
It is a moment of truth, a moment of terror, for the people of
It is a moment of truth for
Next to the White House and the Pentagon, I can think of no structures more deserving of massive citizen protest than the
Now those great manufacturers of mass consent and diversion, these giant cultural charnel grounds, these massive, deadening structures of neo-Orwellian/Huxlean thought control, have another important task. They must work provide ex-post facto justification for the imminent war crimes by pretending to discover proof that Iraq really was a threat, that it really was connected to 9-11, that it really was building nuclear weapons and so on. It is their job, as in 1991, to ignore and hide the mass civilian casualties, to relegate the crumpled bodies of Iraqi children, mothers and grandfathers to history’s dustbin while trumping the pyrotechnics above
Watch them as they work to manipulate mass opinion in defense of empire, slavish and supine before the awesome march of the Great White Men and the carefully chose subordinates of color atop the world’s leading rogue state. Behold the media Masters as they “lie and deceive, like Judas of old” (Dylan). They manufacture images, transmit high state falsehoods, and frame deceptions that promise to set the world on fire. Like the chiefs of Boeing, Lockheed Martin and other “defense” contractors lining up to cash in on the New Imperial Century of Permanent War, the vampire corporate media executives will “hide in their mansions, while young people’s blood flows out of their bodies and gets buried in the mud” (Dylan).
It is a moment of truth for the citizens of the western democracies. We are free to express our opposition to the plans of the warmongers without fear of being shot or incarcerated. But how shall express our dissent in the wake of the decision for “war” (massacre)? Shall we remain content to write letters to our public officials? Shall we stay pleased to write letters to the editor and to draft opinion-editorials for the newspapers? Should we be satisfied to write, perform and applaud protest songs? To write articles in the alternative press and for antiwar web-sites and to speak at antiwar teach-ins and demonstrations? To hand out buttons, collect signatures, send out mailings, construct e-mail lists, and identify protest targets? To target pro-war politicians for removal from office? To march and chant and hand out flyers in peaceful demonstrations?
We have done all of these things and much more and we shall continue. Much has been accomplished and remains to be done through these timeworn means. But the Masters of War and Empire and Propaganda are undeterred by reasonable mass citizen action. Bush has dismissed responding to the many millions in the streets as “governing by focus groups.”
The Masters are determined to carry out their hideous crimes in our name, regardless of what we say and feel. We have spoken truth to power and power has refused to hear. We have said, “Please Sir, listen” to the illegitimate Dull Boy President, surrounded by his neo-fascist “posse,” and he has responded with authoritarian disdain. The decision for “war” (massacre) has been made, we are told, and now it is time for us to go home and line-up obediently behind the bluebloods who alone are fit to make policy, grateful that we were benevolently granted the right to express our opinion. “Support our troops.”
“The president, who’s wanted war with
It all brings many supporters of peace and justice to a very different moment of truth than the sort contemplated by Bush. It brings us to the point where we are compelled to embrace extra-legal direct action and open civil unrest to undo the new slaughterhouse of Empire.