Here’s an eloquent piece from historian Howard Zinn on what needs to be done in our world at the moment. Stop them.
It seemed somehow appropriate to add a message from a new Canadian group called “Rooting Out Evil (expanding the search for weapons of mass destruction)” which, tongue in cheek or not you’ll have to decide, is recruiting teams of citizen “inspectors” to cross into the US in search of weapons of mass destruction. It seems an appropriate mission at the moment. Tom
The toll of war
By Howard Zinn, October 2002, The Progressive
Democracy flies out the window as soon as war comes along. So when officials Washington talk about democracy, either here or abroad, as they take this country to war, they don’t mean it. They don’t want democracy; they want to run things themselves. They want to decide whether we go to war. They want to decide the lives and deaths of people in this country, and they certainly want to decide the lives and deaths of people in Iraq and all over the Middle East.
Faced with this attitude, our job is just a simple one: to stop them.
I am not going to go into the Bush arguments, if that’s what they are. No, don’t make me do that.
Don’t make me point out the U.S. violations of international law.
In the new year, Rooting Out Evil will be sending a team of volunteer weapons inspectors into that greatest of rogue nations, the United States of America.
We have selected the US as our first priority based on criteria provided by the Bush administration. According to those criteria, the most dangerous states are those run by leaders who:
1) have massive stockpiles of chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons;
2) ignore due process at the United Nations;
3) refuse to sign and honour international treaties; and
4) have come to power through illegitimate means.
The current US administration fulfills all these criteria. And so, again following Bush’s guidelines, Rooting Out Evil is demanding that his administration allow immediate and unfettered access to international weapons inspectors to search out their caches of chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons.
If they refuse to comply, we will assemble as many volunteer weapons inspectors as possible at a major border crossing between the US and Canada and attempt to cross into the US on a mission of peace. We will be greeted on the US side by Americans who favour true global cooperation, an end to weapons of mass destruction, and a regime change in the US at the next election.