HILLARY JOINS NEO-CON WAR IN IRAQ
Hillary Clinton, who hopes to become president,
is on the Sunday morning talk shows saying that our troops
might be in Iraq for some time to come.
"We've been in Korea for 50 years," she said.
"We are still in Okinawa," she told the TV cameras.
Right wing Sen Lindsay Graham (R-SC), sitting next to Hillary
during the interview on Faze the Nation, chimed in that even though
"Sen Clinton and I are on different ends of the political spectrum,
we both agree that our troops will be here for a long time."
That is it.
Pack up your bags peace movement and just go home.
Hillary has made the pronouncement.
She is in sync with George W. Bush, the neo-con crowd,
Haliburton, Bechtel....she wants to be president and she knows
that the road to the White House has to pass through the gates
of the military industrial complex....and the oil corporations..
..and the globalization crowd that intends to create a "market economy"
in Iraq (read privatization of everything there.)
Hillary has totally sold out.
The war in Iraq, and the very long presence of U.S. troops there,
will bleed America to the bone. The Democratic party, with few very noble
exceptions, is on their knees in loyal complicity with the war machine.
How can any self respecting peace activist contemplate
for a moment supporting such a party in the next election?
Hillary will try to rehabilitate herself with progressives
by talking about social programs in the U.S. But how can we have
social programs in the U.S. when we are spending our national treasury
on an over bloated Pentagon and a disastrous war in Iraq?!
How long will we be fouled by those "progressives"
who claim that we can afford "guns and butter"?
The peace movement will get very little help from the Democratic
party to put a stop to this "endless war" we are now in.
We are going to have to step up the pressure on Congress
by committing to a steady flow of opposition
to our senators and congress members.
We've got to sit in their offices, call out their names
in our letters to the editor and public meetings,
point out their inconsistencies when they claim we can have
endless war and social progress at home.
We are on our own now.
Local activists are going to have to run against war supporters
in upcoming elections. The Democrats might have let Howard Dean
become the chair of their party but they will not stand up
against this illegal and costly war in Iraq.
They have sold their souls to the big corporations.
It was no different during the Vietnam war.
Lyndon Johnson, the good Democrat, abandoned his own war on poverty
in order to escalate the war in Vietnam. Republicans and Democrats
climbed into bed together to bring "freedom" to the Vietnamese people.
In the end they killed millions of them
and thousands of American GI's too.
The use of agent orange in Vietnam, to defoliate the jungles,
still today negatively impacts the people there as children
are born with mutations from parents who were exposed to the deadly toxin.
So is the story in Iraq today, as the country is laid waste by depleted
uranium which will cause severe health affects for thousands of years.
And we hear no concern by either corporate political party.
It is up to the peace movement and we'd better get serious fast.
We can't be so concerned about being nice, and not offending people.
We'd better stop being so worried what our neighbors think of us.
We'd better step it up quick and begin to resist this insanity
that our government is perpetrating with our tax dollars.
We'd better make a commitment to be a real part of the global movement
for peace before this war spreads to Iran, Syria, and even North Korea.
The U.S. is being turned into a military culture.
Our role in the world, in the new world corporate order,
is going to be to export security.
That means we won't have good paying industrial jobs in America anymore.
We will send our kids off to foreign lands to suppress opposition to
corporate globalization. The military is where our kids will find work.
You think we are hated now in the world...you haven't seen anything yet.
We've got to use every opportunity
to bring this resistance message
to the public.
We can't sit on our fluffy laurels and fancy titles any longer.
We've got to get into the garden and get our hands dirty.
We've got to get into the soil of this nation and mix it up.
We can't wait for our hired gardeners
like Hillary Clinton to do it for us.
We can't trust that Hillary will plant
the kind of seeds we want in our garden.
We've got to take on the job ourselves.
The time has come to get real.
Posted by Bruce Gagnon to Organizing Notes at 2/20/2005 11:25:00 AM