Organizing Notes

Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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Thursday, January 04, 2007


The photo above is of George W. Bush and oil company executives. It is a telling picture that shows the connection between big oil and the mythology that "our interests" around the world are the same interests of the American people. They are not.

Many years ago I figured out just who the power boys were talking about when they used those familiar words - our interests. Many Americans still fall for the line. It's our job to help people learn to separate fact from fiction.

It's not just Bush that uses those words. Most Democratic Party politicians use the same language to describe the U.S. military and economic empire. Sadly most Democrats agree with Bush on the idea of the U.S. controlling the resources and markets around the world. The Dems just say they will do a better job of running the empire. They will be more inclusive they say - giving a piece of the action to other elites around the globe. They will do a better job of killing terrorists than Bush because they will work in cooperation with those same elites from other countries.

Why is it then that many Americans, even people in the peace movement, keep supporting the Dems when the facts are that they are destroying our country in order to keep the empire functioning? Could it be that people don't want to face the truth? Why not?

I think one key answer is that most peace activists, for example, lead very middle class lives. They go out on the streets and protest but are unwilling to take steps into non-violent civil disobedience because they don't want to put their comfortable lives in jeopardy.

During the early 60's Civil Rights movement, black activists were not sure if they would be killed or not as they moved into active non-violent resistance against segregation and repression. They had reached the point where they decided they had no choice but to stick their necks out and do something that would end their historic nightmare.

So today as we face the nightmare in Iraq we see our Congress prepared in the next few months to give another $150 billion to Bush to fund the occupation. Most activists say they are against this. They might stand on the street with a sign. They might even write a letter to the editor. But as plans are now being set to hold non-violent occupations of Congressional offices in protest of the continued funding for the occupation, many of these same people say no. I won't risk arrest.

The American people are responsible for the carnage going on in Iraq today. We started it and are now funding the occupation to the tune of $8.5 billion a month. It will not end until the American people force the Congress to pull the plug on the funds.

But how will this ever come to pass if the peace movement, and their allies, remain unwilling to do the necessary non-violent resistance that will spark the end to this immoral and illegal occupation?

Tuesday, January 02, 2007


I never liked Saddam. Still don't. I know that he was working for the CIA back in his early days and that the U.S. gave Saddam all the names of Iraqi communists and had him kill them. He was our boy.

As UK journalist Robert Fisk says, "We've shut him up. The moment Saddam's hooded executioner pulled the lever of the trapdoor in Baghdad yesterday morning, Washington's secrets were safe. The shameless, outrageous, covert military support which the United States - and Britain - gave to Saddam for more than a decade remains the one terrible story which our presidents and prime ministers do not want the world to remember. And now Saddam, who knew the full extent of that Western support - given to him while he was perpetrating some of the worst atrocities since the Second World War - is dead."

When I saw the pictures of Saddam on TV, with the noose around his neck, I had a sick feeling come over me. All I could think about was that the U.S. had just taken us back further into the dark ages.

Today we read that Saddam was killed on the first day of the Muslim holy days and the outrage around the world is quite severe. My belief is that Bush and his team made the clear decision to string Saddam up during these holy days knowing that it would cause further instability throughout the Middle East.

See, I believe that the Bush pirates want more instability in Iraq and beyond because only then can they begin to try to justify the on-going occupation of Iraq. If they had made all the "right decisions" in the first place, and Iraq today was a model of stability, there would be no excuse for permanent bases there.

And I am convinced to my core that permanent occupation and control of the oil fields is what this is all about.

So those who claim Bush and his team are incompetant and the like are way off the mark. In a sad and sick kind of way, Bush and crew are darkly competant - having created just the nightmarish chaos they intended in the first place.

We've all heard that the generals warned Bush that they needed more troops early on in order to create stability. When Bush and Cheney ignored this expert military advise they knew what would be the result. And it was just what they wanted.

And now today, when Bush has Saddam hung with masked oppositionists cheering his death Bush knows this would further widen the divide inside Iraq and only fuel the already raging civil war.

The reality is America is being controlled by some sick bastards who are not only ruining Iraq but setting us back 50 years here at home as well.

We'd better wake up and smell the coffee. Bush and Cheney are evil if anyone ever was. We need to escalate the calls for impeachment now. Two more years of this insanity will be too much even for us to handle.