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Article by Mumia... Andrew +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ GEORGE II - THE "SON-KING" ====================== [Col. Writ. 10/24/02] Copyright 2002 Mumia Abu-Jamal "L'etat c'est moi." ("I am the state") -- Louis XIV, (1643-1712) The Sun King of France Under Louis XIV, all France existed merely to reflect his luster. All around him were but satellites to his greater glory. Wars were fought, and lands were seized as soldiers were slain, for the glory of Louis, who shone like the sun. An American state, Louisiana, was named for him. Under his reign, the idea of the divine right of kings, their inherent and eternal right to rule, reached its highest form. Today, such ideas seem almost laughable. This is the age of the divine right of capital, of the inherent and eternal right of amassed capital to rule all things. Corporate wealth and economic interest is the ruling principle of the day, and states are but instruments of their lust for gain. George W. Bush, like his father, is hungry for reflected glory, and no glory shines in America like that of war. But we are not facing a war for glory. We are facing a war for oil, a war for capital. The Bush dynasty, and those that rule them, believe in the divine right of cash. Iraq stands as a dark straw man, while personalized in the singularity of Sadam, who is in the maleloquent words of the Commander in Chief, "a bad man”. Query: Would there be these rumors of war if Iraq were -- oh, I don’t know, oil-free? In Africa? In Latin-America? Louis XIV was busy basking in the "glory" of his French Empire. George II is trying to realize "Poppy’s" dream -- a New World Order -- with the United States as the eternal Empire, Pax Americana. The brilliance of Louis has been succeeded by the dullness of George W., who boasts of his C-averages while a student of privilege at Yale. Louis was the ultimate peacock in Versailles; George is the boring manager of a business; his pedigree is, in truth, his business degree. And the construction of an empire is the objective of business, so that Iraq, with its 24% of the world’s oil deposits, will be little more than a vast gasoline station, with a flag. To the charge that it is in violation of international law, business has a straight-forward, simple, and, from its perspective, compelling retort: it's good for business! When one listens to the White House these days, if you listen closely, you'll hear the nation's 30th president, Calvin Coolidge, saying, "The chief business of the American people is business." He praised the rampant speculation that fueled the stock market. He also presided over the Great Wall Street crash of 1929, when the economy tanked. Coolidge is back! No empire lasts forever. Rome didn’t. The British didn’t. The French didn’t. Neither will the U.S. Empire. Copyright 2002 Mumia Abu Jamal ======================================= MUMIA'S COLUMNS NEED TO BE PUBLISHED AS BROADLY AS POSSIBLE TO HELP CALL ATTENTION TO HIS CASE. The campaign to kill Mumia is in full swing and we need you to **please** contact as many publications and information outlets as you possibly can to run Mumia's commentaries (on-line and **especially off-line**)!! These are VERY SERIOUS TIMES for political activists in this country and around the world. Get full details and 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! 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 - firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk