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Bringing the Insurgency Home to America?

Bill Henderson

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July 14, 2005

"Under international law, it is illegal, as Lord Goldsmith said, to attack a sovereign country for the purpose of toppling the government. It is illegal to even plan to do so. These crimes are known as conspiring to wage aggressive war and waging aggressive war. They were the two main offences for which Nazi leaders were tried at Nuremberg."
Dan Gardner CanWest 'British Memo a Smoking Gun'

Will it take something like the insurgency coming home to the US to finally awaken Americans to illegal, cynically pre-mediated war?

Insurgents targeting innocent suburbanites as well as governmental leaders and corporate execs?

American activists may agree that violence would be a poor tactic - playing right into the hands of the ultra-right who only understand Liberty Valence-style politics - and the insurgency might therefor be economic or Vietnam-style marches and boycotts or maximum disruption non-violence.

But mightn't it take bombs and kidnappings to wake America up to the reality that Iraq is Czechoslovakia and appeasement in '38 all over again, but this time it's us - an imperialist United States - expanding military belligerence globally, with Iran, the Caspian Basin and the South China Sea as possible trip wires for a near-future World War Three?

The recently leaked British memos cement together so much already known public evidence that the Bush Admin was going to attack Iraq regardless and that the WMD-terrorist, self-defense, argument for war was a cynical, deceitful construction. This is the globally understood reality.

There is abundant evidence of self-interest temptation - geo-strategic control of Iraq as control of the oil rich Middle East only the most important reason for regime change - and of premeditation and planning for a war of aggression stretching back into the 90's, including public documents signed on to by key members of the Bush Admin.

Combine this real story of Iraq with America's new, much more unilateralist foreign policy under the Bush Admin, and the aggressive military buildup including US military bases surrounding Russia and China, both of which have substantial nuclear weapons, and you have to wonder whether the American people and especially the American media haven't been slipped a mickey.

How is it possible that the fifth estate of the world's greatest democracy can't comprehend that Iraq is the crime of the century? That Bush contempt of truth, democracy and the rule of law is THE huge story, so much bigger than Watergate, than Iran-Contragate?

That we are living in the equivalent of Germany in the '30s; and that dimly most Americans even realize that government has been captured and that America is the aggressor in Iraq and pushing in Asia towards possible nuclear war ? That a very provocative America is sending a clear signal that it will use it's overwhelming military power to secure what America needs - period?

If you lived in Germany in the 30's and could see what was coming, would you have an obligation to try to stop Hitler's government? The press is already captured; you couldn't stand up and organize public education and dissent - although you could move to a neutral country to do so, but maybe ineffectively. You could have gone to Spain to try and help make a stand.

But given the nature of Nazi repression, given the lack of opportunity for legal, effective dissent - isn't insurgency the only option open against an aggressive imperialist state stupidly pushing us all towards disaster?

(There are far too many citations to list concerning illegal war in Iraq, Bush Admin imperialism and the dangers of WW3. The Enviros Against War site's Featured Reports page < http://envirosagainstwar.org/know/index.php > is a comprehensive source on these topics, including up to date commentary on the British Downing St memos' importance in understanding the crime of the century.)

Courtesy of Bill Henderson


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