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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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

U.S. GOING TO WAR WITH IRAN NEXT?

Is the U.S. going to attack Iran as many are now suggesting? Latest news indicates that Bush is setting up new bases in Bulgaria and Romania that would host Pentagon war planes that would be used in a first-strike attack on Iran.

Below are quotes Wayne White, who was a top Middle East analyst for the State Department's bureau of intelligence and research until March 2005. (Click on the link in the headline above for the full article.)

"You're talking about a war against Iran" that likely would destabilize the Middle East for years, White told the Middle East Policy Council, a Washington think tank.

"We're not talking about just surgical strikes against an array of targets inside Iran. We're talking about clearing a path to the targets" by taking out much of the Iranian Air Force, Kilo submarines, anti-ship missiles that could target commerce or U.S. warships in the Gulf, and maybe even Iran's ballistic missile capability, White said.

Let's just play a game here for a moment. Imagine you are George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. Try to think like they do. Iran has lots of oil. You've already invaded Iraq and are building permanent bases there so you can control Iraqi oil. Why not go for the whole enchilada? Who is going to stop you? The Pentagon? No. The Congress? Well, no not them either. An outraged American people? Not likely anytime soon. International opposition? No.

Bush has nothing to lose by invading Iran. He doesn't really care what history says about him anyway. Bush only cares what the oil corporations, the banking corporations, the weapons corporations, the media barons, and the like think of him. And the truth is these interests quite like Bush very much, thank you. He is doing their bidding for them.

Iran can't be allowed to switch from the dollar to the Euro when they sell their oil. Iran can't be allowed to become a regional military power. Iran can't be allowed to have "extraordinary influence" in Iraq. Iran must be destroyed.

But this is crazy I hear you saying. The U.S. can't afford another war! The troops are stretched too thin, the country can't pay for another front in this blitzkrieg.

Well the answer is that like Hitler, Bush must continue to roll the dice. He is so far out on a limb now that he must go for it all or he loses everything. He and the big corporations, who are driving this empire, have got to make their move now or it all comes crashing down around them. They have nothing to lose and everything to gain. If the U.S. controls all the Middle East oil then they control China, India, Europe and the rest of the world. Insanity you say? Of course it is. These people are so drunk with greed and power they are insane. Which makes them even more dangerous.

So the question is can the impeachment movement and the anti-war movement create enough pressure in the next couple of months that Bush and his Pirate team will be forced to back off?

Don't bank on the Congress, and the Democrats now running for president in 2008, to pull us out of this coming fire. We either do it ourselves now or we all go up in flames.

We've got to escalate our non-violent opposition to endless war now.

Period.

Monday, January 29, 2007

LOCAL ANTI-WAR ACTIVITY IS WHERE THE ACTION IS


I've seen numbers ranging from almost 100,000 to 500,000 peace activists demonstrating in Washington last Saturday. The smaller number, of course is coming from the media, the larger from peace groups.

What is not told in the media is that in addition to the large demo in DC last Saturday there were hundreds of local actions all over the country as well. Here in Maine four buses were sent to DC and on Friday night, before they left Portland, 300 gathered for a send-off rally. Then on Saturday 250 folks gathered again in Portland for another protest. There were 150 activists on a bridge in Ellsworth, Maine as well on Saturday. So I am certain that this played out all over the nation.

While I strongly supported the DC demonstration last weekend I feel that the real anti-war work these days must be done locally and statewide. We've got to mount increasing pressure on our own Congressional delegations to stop voting to fund the occupation of Iraq.

Many people will get on a bus and make a long trip to Washington DC but then once the real work starts back home we never see them again. Many are afraid to be seen protesting on the street in their hometown for fear they will get fired from a job or be identified as a "peacenik". I call these kind of people "out-of-town" activists.

If we can get these folks to stay involved locally then our numbers will double and our level of effectiveness working on our own Congress members will rapidly grow.