We have an obligation to every last victim of this illegal aggression because all of this carnage has been done in our name. Since World War II, 90% of the casualties of war are unarmed civilians, a third of them children. Our victims have done nothing to us. From Palestine to Afghanistan to Iraq to Somalia to Libya or to where ever our next target may be, their murders are not collateral damage; they are the nature of modern warfare. They don’t hate us because of our freedoms – they hate us because every day we are funding and committing crimes against humanity. The so called War on Terror is a cover for our military aggression to gain control of the resources of Western Asia. 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 them and the world we are the terrorists.
In these times, remaining silent on our responsibility to the world and the future is criminal. In light of the supreme crimes committed against humanity in Iraq; Afghanistan and Libya and ongoing violations of the UN Charter and International Law – How dare any American criticize the actions of legitimate resistance to the illegal occupation? Our so called enemies in Afghanistan, Palestine, Iraq, Libya; Iran and other colonies around the world and our inner cities here at home are struggling against the oppressive hand of empire demanding respect for their version of humanity. We are labeled insurgents or terrorists for resisting rampant pillage by the establishment. The civilians at the end of our weapons don’t have a choice but American service members have choices and while there may have been some doubt ten years ago, today we know the truth.
Our service members don’t sacrifice for duty, honor, and country. They sacrifice for Kellogg Brown & Root OR better known as KBR. They don’t fight for America they fight for their lives and their buddies beside them because we put them in a warzone. They are not defending our freedoms they are laying the foundations for 14 permanent military bases to defend the freedoms of Exxon Mobil and British Petroleum. They are not establishing democracy; they are establishing the bases for economic occupation to continue after the military occupation has ended. If America is already Occupying Iraq, Afghanistan why should be not have the right to Occupy Wall Street?
Iraq & Afghanistan society today, thanks to American “HELP”, is defined by house-raids, death squads, check-points, detentions, curfews, blood in the streets and constant violence. We must dare to speak out in support of the people who resist and endure the horrific existence we brought upon them through our blood thirsty imperial crusade. We must dare to speak out in support of those American War Resistors, the real military heroes, who uphold their oath to defend the constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic including those terrorist cells in Washington D.C more commonly known as the Legislative Executive and Judicial Branches.
Frederick Douglas 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 many waters. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never has and it never will. Every one of us must keep demanding keep fighting keep thundering keep plowing keep struggling until justice is served. No justice, no peace.”