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Call for a total embargo against the United States
21 Apr 2002
A call for actions to force the U.S. to give up its drive for global domination, a brief list of possible actions, and an indication of grounds for believing such a combination of actions, in particular a boycott of petroleum exports to the U.S. could do the job.
U.S. assaults have never been against Communism, never against drugs, and are not now against terror. Currently increasing in intensity and ferocity, U.S. military and economic attacks have always been, and continue to be an ongoing war against the poor people of the world to further enrich the already inordinately wealthy, a war of the capitalists, by the capitalists and for the capitalists. This war, and it is truly a war, can be stopped only by refusal of the rest of the world to continue supporting the American empire, the chief enforcer of world capitalism.

A successful global campaign to achieve the following ACTIONS, not just more TOOTHLESS DECLARATIONS, would ensure an immediate and permanent end to U.S. aggressions.

1. Oil-exporting nations place a total ban on oil shipments to the U.S. and its colonies.

2. Foreign governments deny use of their territory, territorial waters, and air space to U.S. military forces, and insist the U.S. immediately relinquish and evacuate U.S. bases on their territory.

3. U.S. assets in foreign banks are immediately frozen.

4. Foreign nations ban commercial activities with U.S.-based financial, industrial, and commercial corporations.

5. Foreign nations close U.S. embassies and consular offices on their territories.

6. U.S. government officials in foreign countries are declared persona non grata and expelled.

7. Foreign governments and international jurisdictions undertake massive indictments and prosecutions of C.I.A., F.B.I., State Department, U.S. military, etc. employees (present or former) who are or were engaged in promoting the terrorist activities of the U.S. government.

In other words, the rest of the world should "walk away" from the U.S., should scorn and isolate the arrogant assumption of global hegemony. The American people are not monsters, and we are not fools. We are not in charge of the U.S. government, and far more of us oppose the dictates of the ruling cabal than the corporate press let's on. THE U.S. IS NOT A DEMOCRACY! It is ruled by money, by a plutocracy, an oligarchy of the plutocrats.

It's well past time to abandon the pseudo-measures one hears of, supposedly to bring pressure on Israel to stop butchering innocent Palestinian Arabs. Sharon, the Israeli prime minister, is but a tool of Washington, dancing to the tune Bush whistles. A word from the boss and he would scamper away. Germany's announcement that it will not sell any more arms to Israel means nothing. It does not even pretend to challenge the real boss, U.S. capital, on whose behalf the Bush cabal runs its bloody game! So Germany is going to voluntarily open up the market even wider to U.S. arms manufacturers by withdrawing (temporarily) from the competition. What a macabre joke!

Unless the world gets off its collective ass and takes real ACTIONS (like the 7 listed above), all the wringing of hands, the appeals to the commanding politicians, the moral outrage, the massive demonstrations, the singing of 'Give Peace a Chance' and 'We Shall Overcome', all the drumming and dancing, and so on, will be for naught as the juggernaut rolls on, ever deeper in the spilling of innocent blood, already so terrifying.

So how do we get moving? Most governments will not implement such drastic but effective measures. Everywhere (with mighty few exceptions -- Cuba, Venezuela, maybe Argentina, hopefully at some point Chile) the hack political and ruling class forces are plainly in commanding positions and simply 'on the wrong side'. They are in favor of capitalism, of greasing their own dirty pockets, whatever the cost to other people. The forces of the wealthy will never rise to a moral imperative. Only the great majority of the world's people, most of whom are poor, will ever make the U.S. (and the corporations for which it stands) back off from its assaults.

The first and most important step is the oil embargo. Some governments might join it voluntarily. Some governments might acquiesce to forceful popular demands of their citizens and agree to the boycott. Others might be forced by workers in their petroleum industry to agree. We should remember the power of the working people. We should remember that the Shah of Iran, the local darling of the U.S., installed by the C.I.A. when it overthrew the elected government of Mossadegh and as faithful to the master as any lap dog, was finally removed by the concerted ACTIONS of the Iranian oil workers.

Let's start organizing the boycott, and propagandizing for other ACTIONS. The impact could be far greater than even a million people going to Washington and calling upon the rulers to change course. We should ally our efforts with those of the poor people of Venezuela, who might be the very first to support joining an anti-U.S. boycott, after they learn fully of U.S. efforts to bring down their own elected, very popular government. The White Paper by Al Giordano on his NarcoNews website is a blockbuster of information about sleazy U.S. efforts to undermine democracy in Venezuela. It's at http://www.narconews.com/ . Check it out for a real shot in the arm.
See also:
http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/
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