Daily Archives: February 16, 2003

“Naturally, the common people don’t want war… (but) it is always a simple matter to drag people along … All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country.” –Herman Goerring at the 1946 Nuremberg trials.

Well maybe. . .and maybe not.

It’s Sunday, February 16, 2003. Yesterday millions of people world-wide marched in protest againt the planned U.S. attack on the people of Iraq.

“Several million demonstrators took to the streets of Europe and the rest of the world today in a vast wave of protest against the prospect of a U.S.-led war against Iraq,” claims the Washington Post, one of the Bush administration’s most relentless propaganda tools,

“The largest rallies were in London, Rome, Berlin and Paris — the heart of Western Europe — where the generally peaceful demonstrations illustrated the breadth of popular opposition to U.S. policies among traditional allies. But there were also protests in dozens of other cities on five continents, from Canberra to Oslo and from Cape Town to Damascus, in an extraordinary display of global coordination.”

The question before us, then, is what this all means in the long run. It is abundantly clear that the populace has not bought the lies the corporate-controlled media has been feeding them year after year. The charade that they’re anything other than a tool of power structure cannot hold.

“In London, a sea of protesters estimated by police at more than 750,000 flooded into Hyde Park and clogged streets for several miles on a crisp, clear day in what observers and organizers said was probably the largest political demonstration in British history. It was aimed not just at President Bush but also at Britain’s prime minister, Tony Blair, who has been Bush’s staunchest ally in the campaign against Iraq but who is besieged by opposition at home from virtually every part of the political spectrum.

Blair, in a speech earlier in the day, insisted he would stand his ground. But he also said Britain would wait for the next interim report from U.N. inspectors on Feb. 28 before seeking a Security Council resolution authorizing military action.”

The media takes great comfort in its ability to reduce everything to a personality conflict involving individuals. But Great Britain isn’t ruled by Tony Blair alone anymore than the power structure of the United States can be reduced to the shallow figurehead appointed to “lead” a country that declined to elect him.

“Nearly 1 million people turned out in Rome, where Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has also supported the U.S. position. Between 300,000 and 500,000 people demonstrated in Berlin, at the largest rally since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. About 100,000 demonstrators poured through the streets of Paris. Germany and France have emerged as the most vocal opponents of military action against Iraq.”

Still the war will go forward, for the United Stares has amassed the greatest cache of Weapons of Mass Destruction the world has ever known and its rulers are intent on using them. For the U.S. Campaign against Saddam Hussein is the most spectacular example of “Projection” the world has ever seen.

Wholesale genocide is about to be committed in the name of “Peace.” And those Americans who’ve wondered how the German people could have “stood by” and let Hitler take over can wonder no more. Happily the overwhelming majority of us are not standing by. We are letting our displeasure be known in no uncertain terms. But we’re not in positions of power and our chances of taking said positions away from those who’ve captured them are at this point seemingly remote.

It would not at all surprise me if the administration cancelled the next Presidential election in the name of “National Security.”

Still there’s welcome chill to media air. You can hear it in the announcer’s voices as they detail the length and breadth of yesterday’s demonstrations, and struggle for a way to dismiss them.

But they can’t be dismissed.

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