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Here's a very good article by Mumia Abu-Jamal. Andrew ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ THE INEVITABILITY OF WAR [Col. Writ. 9/28/02] Copyright 2002 Mumia Abu-Jamal It is impossible for us to read a newspaper, watch a newscast, or listen to radio without receiving the undeniable message that war with Iraq is inevitable. Why is this so? Why, in a nation that claims to be a democracy, is it inevitable, almost unquestionable, beyond the realm of questioning, that war against a sovereign nation is virtually, a done deal? Where are the voices of dissent? ... of divergent opinion? If this be a democracy, it is a democracy of fear; fear stimulated and exploited by political leaders in Washington, D.C., and underwritten by the shameless cheerleading of the corporate media. Iraq, we are told, is a rogue government, and its leader, Saddam Hussein, is a new-age Hitler. It seems like every time the government wants to demonize someone, they call him a "Hitler." It always works, doesn't it? It doesn't matter that the U.S. government was quite friendly to Hussein and the Ba’ath regime when they were at war with their neighbor, Iran. Let’s think a little about the *real* Hitler, and the Nazi regime during war time. During World War II, when millions of Americans, British and the French lived in dread of the Nazi’s, do you know that a number of American firms traded with the enemy? Companies like the Chase Bank, Ford, International Telephone, and Standard Oil? The Hitler tank divisions were built by Adam-Opel and Ford of Cologne, wholly owned subsidiaries of General Motors and the Ford Motor Company. Speaking of Ford, did you know that Hitler awarded the Nazi’s highest civilian honor, the Grand Cross of the German Eagle, to American automaker, Henry Ford? Charles Higham in his 1984 book, “Trading With the Enemy” (Dell) writes: Suppose the public had discovered that the Chase Bank in Nazi-occupied Paris after Pearl Harbor was doing millions of dollars' worth of business with the enemy with the full knowledge of the head office in Manhattan ...? Or that Ford trucks were being built for the German occupation troops in France with the authorization from Dearborn, Michigan? ... Or that ITT built the Focke-Wulfs that dropped bombs on British and American troops? Or that crucial ball bearings were shipped to Nazi-associated customers in Latin America with the collusion of the Vice-Chairman of the U.S. War Production Board in partnership with Goering’s cousin in Philadelphia when American forces were desperately short of them? Let’s be clear -- many American corporations got rich when Hitler’s war machine was raging. They didn't care about Hitler then, nor about so-called "Hitlers" now. It's about oil, the money it brings, and the power it unleashes. Don’t let war be inevitable; fight the corporate lies. Copyright 2002 Mumia Abu Jamal ======================================= These are VERY SERIOUS TIMES for political activists in this country and around the world. Keep updated by reading ACTION ALERTS!! at www.mumia.org and www.movenet.org. ======================================== To download Mp3's of Mumia's commentaries visit www.prisonradio.org or www.fsrn.org ==============================================> The Power of Truth is Final -- Free Mumia in 2002! PLEASE CONTACT: International Concerned Family & Friends of MAJ P.O. Box 19709 Philadelphia, PA 19143 Phone - 215-476-8812/ Fax - 215-476-6180/ E-mail - email@example.com AND OFFER YOUR SERVICES! Send our brotha some LOVE and LIGHT at: Mumia Abu-Jamal AM 8335 SCI-Greene 175 Progress Drive Waynesburg, PA 15370 WE WHO BELIEVE IN FREEDOM CAN *NOT* REST!! _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk