There is a tendency right now to hang on every new report, to review every bomb dropped. Is the mission on schedule? Have you run into more resistance than you counted on? How many casualties can you accept? Is this becoming a "quagmire", another Vietnam?
A little perspective is required.
Another Vietnam? Read carefully. This will not...not EVER...be anything like Vietnam. First, our forces, while somewhat constrained by the concern for civilian casualties, will not be restricted from hitting any target, anywhere, anytime - that is a BIG difference. Second, the Vietnamese were re-supplied by the Chinese and the Soviets; the Iraqis have no such luxury. Even if there was a country willing to supply them with fresh arms (and there isn't), we control all of the supply routes - ground, sea and air. The fact that supposedly experienced and impartial war correspondents could ask such a question is staggering.
This is not a sporting event - we should not be hanging on each engagement expecting a score to be tallied. Obviously, the faster the objective is accomplished and the fewer casualties incurred by both sides, the better the post-war environment will be. But we can't react to a handfull of coalition casualties as if it were the loss of a major battle.
War is a terrible thing. No on wants it, but under some circumstances it is necessary. Now that we are in it, let's show a little patience.
I'M BACK AND I'M PISSED
Posting problems and project deadlines are behind me now (fingers crossed). Don't think for a minute that I haven't been following recent events.
First, we approach everyone's favorite anti-Bush, ass-muncher Michael Moore.
What can be said that hasn't been already? He is, of course, a liar and a fraud. And a hero to the french for pointing out what knuckle-dragging, neandrothal, gun-toting, redneck, imperialist retards we are here in Amerikkka. Thank you, asshole.
I suppose he'd like it just fine if we disregard the US constitution as long as we elect anyone but Bush. Well, you miscreant, the majority of the voters don't elect the president here - the majority of the Electoral College does. It was a close election and Gore lost - if you and your Green Party buddies (there's a thought - imaging Ralph Nader as president right now) hadn't siphoned off those few hundred extra votes in Florida then Gore would have been president. Then again, if Perot hadn't run in 1992 Clinton wouldn't have been elected (and by the way - Clinton didn't get a majority of voters either of the times he ran). Coulda, shoulda, woulda....get over it.
In case you don't read anything other than the World Worker's Party newsletter, let me just inform you that roughly 70% of the country supports Bush on the war. I know that things don't look the same in your posh Manhattan apartment or out in Hollywood...maybe you should spend a little less time attending Party functions and planning the demise of capitalism and little more time talking to average citizens if you want to know what is really going on. But then that would assume that you are interested in critically challenging your assumptions.................and what are those exactly?
Mikey Moore Millionare Communist
In order to understand the Fat Bastard, I headed on over to his website. I think these links are pretty revealing of the "root causes" of his dementia:
SOLIDARITY -- Socialism - Feminism - Activism - Labor
Capitalism is an outmoded social system now deep in crisis. This crisis is producing the beginning of a declining standard of living and an escalating drive toward war. This crisis is the unavoidable outcome of capital's most basic drives. Humanity will only be freed from the barbarism of unemployment, poverty, declining living standards for millions and war when capitalism has been displaced by a rational, planned and democratic economic system: socialism.
2. Socialism is the political and economic rule of the working class, in which the means of production are under the social ownership of the working class, which democratically plans economic life. The working class organizes its political and economic rule through councils of workers and popular representatives, freely chosen among a variety of organized working class and popular parties.
3. Socialism can only be achieved by a revolutionary mass political movement of the working class which ends the political rule of the capitalist class and private ownership of the means of production.
4. The aim of this organization is to build a revolutionary socialist movement in the working class and allied sectors of the oppressed. Membership is open to all who share our principles and work toward achieving them.
5. The capitalist parties, especially the Republican and Democratic parties, are fundamentally anti-working class, racist and sexist. We oppose any form of participation in or support for these parties. We call for the working class and its allies to form a new, independent political party that fights for their needs.
6. The capitalist crisis has set in motion an employers' offensive that necessitates national and international labor solidarity as well as organizing the unorganized. The labor bureaucracy for the most part acts as a brake on labor action. We therefore support all efforts to transform the unions into militant vehicles, including rank and file groupings within the unions as well as coalitions against concessions and strike support committees.
7. Racial and national oppression divide the working class and create poverty and misery for millions. We join in the fight against racism, such as the struggle for affirmative action, and support the efforts of oppressed national minorities to organize independently for their liberation.
8. We fight for women's liberation, and for women's equality today. The oppression of women within the family and in society divides the working class, keeps women's wages low and burdens women unequally in the task of social reproduction.
9. We are supporters of lesbian and gay liberation, of their struggles for civil rights and against all forms of anti-gay bigotry. We support, as with all oppressed groups, the efforts of gays and lesbians to organize independently for their liberation.
10. We are internationalists. We support movements for national liberation throughout the world and the struggles of workers for better living standards and social and political power everywhere. Whatever may be our differing theoretical analyses of the Eastern European states, we are unconditional defenders of Polish Solidarnosc and other struggles for genuine trade unionism and workers' democracy in Eastern Europe.
11. We actively oppose the growing drive towards war, whether that be in the form of intervention in Central America, the Middle East or elsewhere, or the buildup of the U.S. war machine. We fight for unilateral disarmament in the U.S. and, at the same time, we extend our solidarity to the independent peace movements of Eastern Europe.
12. Toward these ends we are committed to building an effective revolutionary socialist organization in the U.S. capable of acting together without presenting a monolithic face to the world or engaging in pretenses of being "the vanguard."
Democratic Socialists of America
Social redistribution--the shift of wealth and resources from the rich to the rest of society--will require:
1. massive redistribution of income from corporations and the wealthy to wage earners and the poor and the public sector, in order to provide the main source of new funds for social programs,income maintenance and infrastructure rehabilitation, and
2. a massive shift of public resources from the military (the main user of existing discretionary funds) to civilian uses.
Communist Party USA
There is no short cut on the path to revolution. We can say in hindsight that more people should have perceived capitalism as a total failure, that it should have been obvious to everyone, but we can't change the reality that millions of people have to come to that conclusion on their own. A Party can teach, can participate, can lead, can organize, but it can't make people ready for something they are not ready for.
Like a strike, a revolution is a scary, risky undertaking, one that workers don't, can't, and shouldn't take lightly. They have the power to transform society, but only if a majority of workers and their allies are conscious of that power. They have the power to transform society. Desperation isn't enough. Crisis isn't enough. Even social collapse isn't enough.
A militant, organized, mature working class, led by an experienced revolutionary party, with well-developed alliances with other major progressive sectors of society, and with a capitalist class which is split, which is not unified around a fascist program of drowning the revolutionary movement in blood, these can lead to a successful revolution.
How many millions have communist regimes murdered in their brief (since 1917) existence? Stalin contributed about 20 million on his own. And what about Mao's "Great Leap Forward"?
Do you really want to live in a society where bureaucrats decide what your occupation will be and how much you should be paid for your labor? Would you like to be operated on by a doctor that emerged from that kind of system? Where there is no incentive to excellence (other than LOVE OF THE STATE)?
This has been tried people - and it failed because, as Hayek correctly points out, it is an organizational structure that is destined to see the worst, the most ruthless among us rise to the top. This is not to say that ruthlessness is not rewarded in capitalist systems - it often is. But, a free market economy at least allows each citizen a right to choose their life's work and change that decision at any point if in doing so it would appear to offer more. It allows people to follow their dreams - whether it be the creation of great art or the creation of great wealth - it is an individual decision.
The socialist/communist/anti-globalization/free mumia/anti-Israel alliance is the core of the anti-war movement. This is not to say that everyone who protests the war is a communist - but they are more than likely sponsored by a communist organisation:
A list of endorsers of International A.N.S.W.E.R. (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism!):
New Communist Party of the Netherlands
Al-Awda Palestine Right of Return Coalition of New York and New Jersey
Women for Afghan Women (wow - from all I read, Afghan women are pretty damn happy that the US took out the Taliban)
Oklahoma Socialist Cooperative
Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia
German Communist Party
Communist Party of Austria
Freedom Socialist Party
Workers Party of Belgium
World Workers Party
Rainbow Flags for Mumia (peace for cop killers - ed.)
Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement (I just had to include this one)
Ramsey Clark (shithead - ed.)
Howard Zinn (asshat - ed.)
I found it so interesting this week to read about the human shitheads...I mean shields singing a different tune after going to Iraq. So they were horrified by tales of people being dropped, feet first (so as to hear the tortured cries of the dying) into plastic shredding machines? Like the tales of genital electroshock, rape and people being given acid baths wasn't public knowledge before they left on their noble mission to protect the "Butcher of Baghdad"?
Kenneth Joseph, a young American pastor with the Assyrian Church of the East, told UPI the trip "had shocked me back to reality." Some of the Iraqis he interviewed on camera "told me they would commit suicide if American bombing didn't start. They were willing to see their homes demolished to gain their freedom from Saddam's bloody tyranny. They convinced me that Saddam was a monster the likes of which the world had not seen since Stalin and Hitler. He and his sons are sick sadists. Their tales of slow torture and killing made me ill, such as people put in a huge shredder for plastic products, feet first so they could hear their screams as bodies got chewed up from foot to head."
And in the same article Daniel Pepper is quoted as saying: "Last Thursday night I went to photograph the anti-war rally in Parliament Square. Thousands of people were shouting 'No war' but without thinking about the implications for Iraqis. Some of them were drinking, dancing to Samba music and sparring with the police. It was as if the protesters were talking about a different country where the ruling government is perfectly acceptable. It really upset me."
A big fucking dose of reality, huh? I at least have to give these two gentlemen credit for pulling their heads out of their asses when confronted with the evidence.
And back at home Michael Moore and Ramsey Clark flak for the murderous beast because they hate America for allowing its citizens to own property and make their own decisions about their life's work. Ignorance of that magnitude is not forgivable.
May they both spend eternity in Hell.