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Organized Direct Action at Onset of War? (english)
28 Jan 2003
What are OUR options?
It doesn't take long to recognize that hope for a peaceful solution in the whole Iraq debicle is growing slimmer by the hour. With every day and every newspaper it becomes more and more clear the the U.S. government has never really cared to find a peaceful solution, but instead will use any half supported reason to release the dogs of war.

And in the past months many of us have done what we could to tame and leash these dogs. We have taken to the streets. We have made signs and banners. We have marched with hundreds of thousands in this country and millions around the world. We chanted "Drop Bush Not Bombs!" with all of our being and still the war looms closer.

Now, with the president practicing his State of the Union speech, it seems like there is no turning back and the war machine continues it forward roll like a school bus without brakes.

So what do we do if (or more like WHEN) this war starts?

Will we sit and watch it all transpire on CNN and shake our heads in disgust while our leaders threaten our security by galvanizing anti-American sentiment around the globe and kill innocent Iraqi civillians in the process? Will we claim innocence by saying to ourselves, "I didn't vote for this psycho" and then go about our daily affairs as if we have no responsibility to change this situation?

Or will we rise up.

I believe in the power of protest. I believe that marches, and petitions, and banners, and rallies all have their place as part of the democratic tradition of dissent. But right now, right here, I feel that these drastic times may require more then a cardboard sign and even more then a permitted march.

So if (WHEN) this war begins I hope I see you all in the streets, but just remember that this time things will be a little different. There will be no time to wait for a permit (as our government isn't really looking for any kind of permit to start dropping bombs). There will probably be no pre-determined route to march along. ANSWER will probably not have time to set up a stage or get Al Sharpton to speak to us. There will be no "free speech zone" pre-determined by city police chiefs. There will be no 3 days of teach-ins and/or leftist book fair before the convergence.

When the bombs start falling we must not hesitate. If we truly believe that this war is unjust and dangerous then we should all consider putting ourselves on the line for these beliefs. Dissent can have a million different looks and it's up to us to try on each one of those including Direct Action and all the creative tactics that go along with it. Maybe it's time we show our government the true weight and power of democratic dissent.

I hope I will see you in the streets.

(Just a reminder: The IMC is probably not the best place to discuss any exact or specific tactics. Organize affinity groups and do old fashioned person to person outreach. Lets all be as safe as we can be in these less than safe times).

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