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A Call to Action Against Vengeance and Military Madness
16 Sep 2001
This call to action outlines the dangers of George W. Bush's proposed "war on terrorism" and invites concerned people in Boston to organize to prevent this disaster.
A Call to Action Against Vengeance and Military Madness

After the horror of the recent attacks on the World Trade Center, we wake up to the horror of George W. Bush calling for a war of vengeance and a likely full-scale invasion of Afghanistan.

If indeed fanatics from the Arab or Muslim world committed these attacks, then they almost surely committed them partly in protest against policies of the United States and its proxy, Israel, that have terrorized Arabs and Muslims on a daily basis, particularly in Palestine and Iraq. While attacks on civilians are an unacceptable means of protest, the attackers clearly feel desperate and feel that they have nothing to lose.

Attacking another impoverished country would clearly only pour fuel on this fire. Not only would the U.S. descend to the level of the World Trade Center attackers by killing innocent civilians in Afghanistan. An intervention of this kind by the U.S. would only mobilize more support in the Middle East for further senseless attacks on U.S. civilians. Far from ending terrorism, Bush’s “war on terrorism” can only perpetuate and increase it.

This may in fact be his intention, since such a war, like his call for a “missile shield,” can only destabilize the world, allow him to divert public money to the military, and allow his clients in the armaments industry to reap obscene profits by increasing global danger and suffering. Wars also work magic for the public approval ratings of presidents with sagging popularity, as Bush’s Daddy learned in the Gulf War. We can’t let him get away with this.

For the sake not only of innocent Middle Easterners but for own sakes and for our loved ones, we must mobilize to stop this perpetuation of senseless killings. We must educate Americans, who are callously misinformed by their media and political leaders, about the true roots of “terrorism” and the role of U.S. policy and military action in promoting it.

While my own time and energy is limited, I am frustrated that no one else yet is organizing to try to avert the global disaster that Bush intends to launch. If you are interested in organizing to avert this war, please email me at mark_e_omalley (at) yahoo.com . I would like to create some kind of informal network, perhaps under the umbrella of Boston’s Mobilization for Survival, to educate and organize against this war.

Mark E. O’Malley
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