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Speech G.W. Bush should give but won't (TEXT)
13 Sep 2001
My fellow Americans, this speech, written 9/12/01 by Doug Morris, is what President Bush ought to say now, reflecting on the causes of the catastrophy that we face. It is the text version of the audio that was uploaded earlier today 9/13/2001 The audio is 15 minutes long.
Fel free to rebroadcast or - better yet - rerecord from the text.

From: doug morris

Here is a draft of a speech Bush could, and
probably should, give, for the benefit of humanity.
Maybe I will send him a copy (and be arrested for
anti-Americanism" during this time of "war"). peace,
doug

The speech George Bush could give.

St. Augustine said that ýhope has two beautiful
daughters: anger and courage. Anger at the way things
are, and courage to struggle to create things as they
should be.ţ These acts perpetrated against humanity
today were acts of anger at the way things are. They
were not courageous acts, but acts of anger laced with
hate. Our first response must be support and
compassion for the victims, and families and friends
of the victims. But, in addition, we should ask
ourselves ýwhat conditions led these fellow humans to
develop such anger and hatred, led them to commit such
abominably inhumane acts, and why was it directed at
these particular targets in the United States?ţ

We should not repress our anger and indignation at
these hateful and callous acts, or our anger and
indignation at all hateful and callous acts, but our
anger must be accompanied not by hate, but with love,
and by the courage to struggle to create a more just
world, and THAT my fellow Americans will require a
major effort to question, understand, challenge,
change and raise OUR national consciousness. Please,
my fellow Americans, listen with open ears, open
minds and open hearts.

While no loving and decent human will tolerate acts of
terror, we must try to understand the extremely
difficult question: why? For example, what is the
symbolic significance of the Pentagon and the World
Trade Center in the eyes of the world? And here, my
fellow Americans we must search deep into our own
history, our own policies, our own pursuits, our own
impositions, and, our own hearts. It is painful, but,
let us be blunt: the war against terrorism has begun,
violently. The two most potent symbols of global
military and economic violence, global military and
economic terrorism, have been struck. These were
cowardly and unconscionable acts, to be sure, and, as
in most acts of terror, the innocent suffer most, the
working class, the toiling class. We must launch a
war against terrorism, non-violently. A.J. Muste,
committed pacifist, advised us that in a world built
on violence ýwe must be revolutionaries before we are
pacifist.ţ That is, we must work to abolish the
institutions of violence, non-violently.

However, make no mistake, my fellow Americans, the
Pentagon IS the center of world military violence and
terrorism. The US is the worldÝ leading exporter of
tools of death and destruction. Let us be honest, we
have been committed to violence as a way to address
international conflicts for many, many years. And a
PARTIAL list of the results of our commitment to
violence includes: Korea ˝ millions killed. Vietnam
˝ millions killed. Cambodia ˝ hundreds of thousands
killed. Laos ˝ hundreds of thousands killed. Iraq ˝
hundreds of thousands killed. Guatemala ˝ hundreds of
thousands killed. Hiroshima and Nagasaki ˝ hundreds
of thousands killed. East Timor ˝ hundreds of
thousands killed. Nicaragua ˝ tens of thousands
killed. El Salvador ˝ tens of thousands killed.
Colombia ˝ tens of thousands killed. Dominican
Republic ˝ thousands killed. Haiti ˝ thousands
killed. Yugoslavia ˝ thousands killed. Panama ˝
hundreds killed. And let us not forget the ways in
which we have mistreated the Cuban people for over 40
years now with our embargo and repeated acts of
terrorism. Let us remember my fatherÝs words during
the buildup to the US attack on Iraq: ýthere will be
no negotiationsÍwhat we say goes.ţ ýNo negotiationsţ
simply means we prefer violence. ýWhat we say goesţ
expresses the arrogance, chauvinism and mystique of
invincibility that has separated the US from the
world. Both views express the notion that the US is
above international law and the UN Charter, outside
the family of nations. Is it any wonder that Harvard
professor Samuel Huntington said that in the eyes of
most of the world the US is seen as ýTHE rogue
superpower,ţ considered ýTHE single greatest external
threat to their societiesţ? The world quakes in its
boots wondering when we will attack, and what form of
violence will ensue: cruise missiles, helicopter
gunships, chemical or biological agents, nuclear
bombs, F18Ýs, F22Ýs, B52Ýs, fumigation campaigns,
IMF/World Bank ýStructural Adjustment Programs,ţ or
ýAusterity Programs,ţ embargoes, sanctions,
disappearances, assassinations, massacres, tortures,
cultural cooptation or erasure, etc., etc., etc.

Today, sadly, we have experienced what we have imposed
on much of the world. Today our freedom came under
attack. We thought we were free to impose military
and economic violence anywhere we chose, with
impunity. The freedom from impunity appears to no
longer exist. The World Court attempted to sanction
the US for our commitment to violence but the Reagan
Administration claimed that the World Court had no
jurisdiction over our actions. Yes, we have been, and
we are a rogue state, and, my fellow Americans, it
must stop!

Tonight, my fellow Americans we must raise a call of
humility, a humility that does not in any way diminish
humanity, but a humility that raises the respect for,
and dignity of, all people, a humility that allows us
to celebrate all human life. It is time that we
joined the world, not as its major purveyor of
violence and destruction, but as a peaceful
participant who will work to end violence, end racism,
end classism, end sexism, rather than increase them.
The proposed Pentagon budget, the ýviolenceţ budget,
for next year is $330 billion dollars. I am tonight
proposing an immediate 50% decrease in this spending
that promotes violence, and calling for a
redistribution those funds to help ameliorate problems
of hunger, poverty and poor-health around the world.
It is a call to reach out with love, and a call to
find the courage to struggle to create a more just,
peaceful, healthful and equitable world, a world in
which human creativity is celebrated rather than the
human capacity for great violence.

Tonight we must call on the world to forgive us OUR
sins, forgive us OUR sordid and calamitous acts of
violence that we have pursued without pause for over
50 years. Let this be the beginning of our
reconciliation with the world. We now, to some
degree, understand the pain, misery and suffering we
have caused, the turmoil we have perpetrated, the hate
we have elicited, the destruction we have imparted,
the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual
scars and unconscionable hurt we have created and that
much of the world has endured because of our rapacious
and destructive pursuit of wealth, power and privilege
at the expense of human concerns and human lives. We
humbly beg the forgiveness of all humanity, as we pray
that you will offer your support, your compassion,
your understanding, and your love in our time of
suffering, mourning and loss.

This is not a time, as it is never a time, to seek
vengeance, but a time to seek the courage to forgive,
to harbor the power of anger to be used in acts of
love, and to uncover insights that will allow us to
direct our indignation at the institutions of power,
violence and greed, many of which, sadly, are centered
in the US, and begin to transform them in order to
increase our love for the victims of that power,
violence and greed, including those who died and were
injured in the attacks on the Pentagon and the World
Trade Center.

When I attended the G8 meetings in Genoa recently I
saw a banner in the street that said ýyou are 8, we
are 6 billion,ţ and it struck me deeply. We have
pursued for too long the interests of the few at the
expense of the many. Wealth, privilege and power
inequalities exacerbate every day. We have created,
protected, endorsed and now imposed on the rest of the
world an economic system, symbolized by the World
Trade Center, and protected by the Pentagon, that must
produce and expand in order to profit and survive, an
economic system that treats everything as a commodity
to be exploited whether it is water, food, air, soil,
the rest of the environment, animals, fish, or our
fellow humans, a system that puts corporate profit
interests above human interests. This must stop. We,
who represent and serve power, should have listened
sooner. Let this horrible tragedy serve as our wake
up call. Let us begin tonight to transform this
monster before it is too late. This act of terror,
infamous and abominable, will pale in comparison to
the growing terrors of increasing global militarism of
which we are the primary cause, increased global
warming of which we are the primary cause, and
intensifying environmental destruction of which we are
the primary cause and which may soon make much of the
world uninhabitable for humans, and surely increase
human suffering, misery and death.

If we are to overcome these acts of terror, and more
importantly prevent future acts of terror against
humanity, we must act out of a sense of hope and faith
that the future is unfinished, that it is there to be
created; and, we must be driven by a judicious anger
at the way things are, anger at the monster we have
created, anger that can be harbored in momentous acts
of love, and the courage to struggle in cooperation,
understanding, support and solidarity with the rest of
humanity to create a world in which all will be happy
to live.

Tonight, and in the days and weeks to come, we must
find the courage to not only reach out with love and
understanding, but to find the courage to self-reflect
honestly about what WE have done to the world so that
we can understand why things are the way they are, and
what we can and will do to struggle to create things
as they should be ˝ a world of less violence and
greater peace; a world of diminished arrogance and
greater humility; a world where more people do not die
of hunger every two years than were killed in both
World Wars combined, but a world in which all people
have access to the great and nourishing bounties of
the earth; a world of less disease and greater health;
a world of less hate and greater love; a world of less
vengeance and greater understanding; a world of less
greed and greater sharing; a world of less destruction
and greater creativity; a world of less disparity and
greater equality; a world of less fundamentalism and
more progressivism; a world of less mysticism and more
humanism; a world of less criminality and greater
justice; a world of less separatism and more
solidarity; a world in which we live both an examined
life and a committed life; a world of less militarism
and more artistry; a world of less vilification and
more celebration; a world in which life is worth
living; a world in which we understand well the lesson
of Rousseau who said ýthe fruits of our labor belong
to us; the fruits of the earth belong to everyone;
and, the world itself belongs to no one.ţ

So, in closing, my fellow Americans, allow us to
support one another in our quest through hope, and
anger, and courage, to make love our aim during this
time of crisis, and in the future. And, let us
remember and reflect upon the words stated in
Corinthians 13:1-3: ýthough I may speak with the voice
of angels; though I may understand all the mysteries;
though I may have all the knowledge; though I may give
all to feed the poor; though I may give my body to be
burnedÍif I have not love, I have nothing at all.ţ

Thank you. Good night, and blessings, peace, justice,
solidarity and love for all humanity.

doug morris
September 12, 2001
See also:
http://nouturn.org
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