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18 Nov 2001
Anti-imperialist political prisoner speaks on the dangers of the current situation and offers a clear alternative. (Posted via a comrade.)

Some recent features of American life include periodic nationwide terror alerts, fear of flying, worry about being in tall buildings, anthrax scares and people afraid of their own mail. Meanwhile, after a month of full scale high-tech bombing and war against the already battered country of Afghanistan, the Pentagon is beginning to admit there will be no quick solution or end to this war.
George Bush and his government are clearly stating, in fact, demanding that the u.s. public accept an unforeseen years-long future of war, uncertainty and more sacrifices. This a good moment for all peace-loving people to present a clear and straight forward alternative to relief from the worries and fears of Americans:
1) Immediate withdrawal of all u.s. military forces from the entire Middle East,
2) An immediate end to all u.s. military aid to the government of Israel, and
3) End the ridiculous war against Afghanistan.
These three points are very easily accomplished and would also save the u.s. taxpayer billions of dollars instantaneously. The famous “locked box” of social security funds that was talked about so much not long ago has been blown wide open by Bush’s new war and should again be secured. There is no doubt that all the official and unofficial war mongers, police state advocates and sundry “patriotic” imperial usa promoters will rant and rave about the implications and reality of implementing these three points. We can and should continue to expose such arguments.
The war in particular and especially the repeated and obviously calculated bombing of relief and food supply centers, hospitals and civilian areas is not only reprehensible, but is creating future enemies of the u.s., perhaps including future terrorists. We should also enlighten as broadly as possible about the history, nature and ongoing reality of u.s. imperialism and how it has created so many enemies for the u.s. around the world. Specifics like Western oil monopolies wanting to open up the Caspian Sea area oil reserves, via a pipeline across Afghanistan (thus the need for a compliant and subservient Afghan government) need to be discussed. Such analysis and public education should proceed at full force. More and more Americans should be asking, just what have we allowed our government to do in our name that has brought things like 9/11 to pass?
As we work to deepen the public’s understanding, offering a clear and direct contrast to Bush’s continued sacrifice of lives and terror-alerts future, seems a wise and effective way for us to reach the public. Particularly there are broad sections of the American people who weren’t very aware of or concerned about foreign policy issues before 9/11, but who are now increasingly worried, or even scared. Bush and his government are playing on, even encouraging, this fear, as they push police state measures domestically and imperialist wars worldwide.
The anti-war movement and left can reach this public, let alone the more politically sophisticated sectors, by presenting our alternative anti-war message. As Bush advocates more war, fear and sacrifice, we should offer the solution of peace by calling for an immediate 1) withdrawal of all u.s. military forces from the Mid-East, 2) end of all military aid to Israel and 3) end of the war against Afghanistan.

Jaan Laaman – Ohio 7 anti-imperialist political prisoner Walpole Prison – November 1, 2001
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