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[casi] No War for Oil by Mumia Abu-Jamal

Another article by Mumia Abu-Jamal on Iraq.


From: "Noelle Hanrahan" <>

Sent: Sun, 06 Oct 2002 16:47:29 -0700


[Col. Recorded 10/5/02] Copyright 2002 Mumia Abu-Jamal

On the Move, Long Live John Africa. I thank you for gathering in

Washington and in San Francisco, against the gathering forces of war.

The one thing I would like to stress is this: War is not inevitable.

The media echo chambers of corporate greed may wish you to think

that, but that is just to sap your will and deaden your purpose.  If

you, the real people of this nation, it’s students, its workers, its

housewives and its children, really believe that war is inevitable,

then you wouldn’t be here today. Also you would be admitting that you

really don’t believe in democracy, for if the people don’t want war,

then who are all the politicians really representing? If they don’t

represent the will and the wishes of the people, then who do they


If you organize, if you build forces among the people, the

politicians won’t be able to ignore you. They won’t be able to act as

if you don’t exist. So build those forces against a bloody war for

oil. You know, we have been here before. Way back in 1972 Iraqi

general Ahmed Hasan al-Bakr Nationalized Iraq’s oil. Nixon approved

the arming of the Kurds in Northern Iraq and promptly placed Iraq on

America’s list of nations that sponsor terrorism. Three years later

Iraq’s vice president, a man named Saddam Hussein, made a deal with

the Shah of Iran for control over the Shatt al Arab waterway in the

gulf. Once the U.S. puppet, the Shah, has his way opened to the

Persian Gulf, America ceased all support to the Kurds. They

were once again on their own.  America cared about one thing, oil.

The same thing they care about now. This war has nothing to do with

democracy, nothing to do with human rights, nothing to do with the

oppression of the Kurds, and everything to do with oil.

So say No to Exxon, to British Petroleum, to Harkin Oil, to Blood for

Oil and to war for Oil.

Thank you all.

Ona Move, Long live John Africa. Free the Move 9.

This is Mumia Abu-Jamal

Copyright 2002 Mumia Abu-Jamal

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