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Mumia Abu-Jamal's A20 comments to D.C. Rally
21 Apr 2002
Modified: 23 Apr 2002
Mumia's A20 comments addressing D.C. Rally Against War and Racism
Mumia Abu-Jamal --- Comments addressing the A20 D.C. Rally Against War and Racism

When U.S. President George W. Bush spoke about an endless war, some took it as mere political speech or rhetoric designed to gain the top spot on the evening network news. I did not. “W” is an agent of his class: the wealthy oil merchants of the land, and his intentions are to press for an ever wider war in all corners of the earth to make the world safe for capital exploitation and unbridled commerce. This will eventually become a war that reaches into a slew of countries in the Middle East and beyond on behalf of the rich and powerful elites who rule.

Make no mistake – this is a war that has nothing to do with democracy. The U.S. enters the region armed to the gills not to defend democracies, but to defend theocracies; to defend kings, princes, and Sultans; to defend U.S. access to the vast oil resources in the region. And how can the U.S. credibly claim to be leading a war against terrorism when the world’s largest training academy for terrorists is the School of the Americas in Georgia, where some of the most brutal military dictators in the world are alumni. The U.S. may have since re-named the school, but it has the same essential mission: to create foreign military leaders who are the enemies of democratic and popular movements and who are beholden to their imperial masters in Washington. The graduates of the S.O.A. have proven relentless fighters, to be sure, who are masters of the dark arts of torture, cruel interrogations, rape, and mass murder. And who do they fight but their own people? To millions of people in Latin America the school is known by the popular name “School of Coups.” There is scarcely an infamous massacre that cannot be traced to its graduates….

When the U.S. raves about a war on terrorism, there are millions of Americans to the South who snort in derision, for they know another America which breeds state terrorism. The people who brought you 9/11 were brought to you by the C.I.A. school of terrorism, designed to reek havoc upon the soldiers of the former Soviet Union. They were Jihadis – recruited, paid, indoctrinated, and armed by U.S., Pakistani, Saudi, and related intelligence agencies to wage a holy war against the former Communist government in Afghanistan. And like the proverbial dogs of war, they turned on those who fed and trained them, to remind them of what they’ve unleashed. And now, with little thought to its true beginnings, the nation is once again embroiled in war – a war that was born not in Kabul nor in the tropical Orient. This war began in cool office buildings in Washington, where men of wealth and power drew up plans to draw the former Soviets into a neighboring territory into what they called the “Afghan trap.” And now, as Malcolm X once said, “The chickens have come home to roost.” You want to stop war? Then stop them where they are born – in Washington, D.C.
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Refutation to Mumia Comments
23 Apr 2002
I will start by saying that I am in complete solidarity with the movement to free Mumia, Jamil al-Amin and all other political prisoners here in the US. However, having said that, I must refute the statement that Brother Mumia gave to the April 20 Rally in Washington.

The western left, comprised mostly of thinkers and followers, as opposed to those who rebel out of necesisity and personal reasoning, has been very critical of the Islamic movement.The left has totally disregarded this movement as a creation of the CIA, or reactionary, etc. When this argument is made, there is a failure to mention the brutal repression of the Islamic movement, and the US support for this repression, in places such as Egypt, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Maylasia, and other places.

The Islamic movement, which I have met very few leftists who know anything at all about the political ideology of the movement and the diversity of the movement, is a major force in every single Muslim country. The Islamic movement was prospering long before the US aid to the mujahudeen in Afghanistan, and mujahudeen existed for centuries before a CIA even existed.It is utterly false to think of this movement as a creation of the CIA. Was Hasan al-Banna in the 1920's influenced by the CIA, or where the writings of Sayed Qutb, which inspired hundreds of millons of Muslims, influenced by the CIA? Hardly. All we need to do is look at the hundreds of thousands of orphans and widows in the Muslim world who have been victimized by US backed stae repression of the Islamic movement.

In Solidarity;

Umar Ivan