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Stop The War
US hands off Iraq!
Building An Effective Anti-War Movement
By STEVE ARGUE
Congressman Sam Farr (D) is the bomber of Belgrade and supporter of the death squad government of Colombia, who most recently voted for the military appropriations that will be used to terrorize the people of the entire world, including Iraq. Dianne Feinstein, Dubya Bush, Mike Honda, and Anna Eshoo should also be exposed for their even more direct support for war with Iraq. It is my opinion that all of these politicians should pay a political price for their pro-war stand.
There are some who want to pressure Farr to take a more active approach in stopping the war with Iraq. Yet a look at Farr's statements regarding this war shows that he is not really opposed to war with Iraq, but instead has tactical differences regarding the U.S. going it alone and other lame concerns that represent an actual interest in a more effective US imperialist war policy the world over. His vote for the massive military appropriations represents this common interest Farr has with Bush, big oil, and the arms industry. Farr's differences with Bush stem from his knowledge that this war may cause massive unrest, foreign and domestic, that may make it more difficult for the US to carry out its evil imperialist wars and exploitation on the people of the world. With such motivations there is no reason to think Farr will mobilize and educate people against this war.
What does Farr have to say to the people on this issue anyway? Sam Farr has not spoken out against the constant bombing of Iraq that has occurred since the first US attack on Iraq in the early 1990s. He has not spoken out against the US imposed economic sanctions that have starved about 2 million Iraqi children. Nor has Farr opposed the deadly use of radio-active waste in the production of US weapons of mass destruction that were used both in Yugoslavia and on Iraq poisoning the inhabitants of those countries as well as 100,000 "Gulf War Syndrome" US soldiers.
Those who want an authentic anti-war movement should expect to have to organize it and to lead it yourselves. Expecting Democrats to do it is like expecting a mule to quack like a duck.
In my studies of history I've seen three effective ways to end a war. 1. Is when the soldiers refuse to fight. This is the way that the long and persistent anti-war movement of the 1960s and 1970s finally educated the soldiers and ended the war in Vietnam. 2. If the working class strikes and refuses to participate in building or shipping the armaments. A very effective strike that shut down Seattle Washington during the early days of the Russian revolution physically stopped the sending of war supplies and helped force the US to pull its troops out of the young Soviet Union. 3. A third way will be through a revolution of the people. If we succeed in doing any of the first two types of action we may not be too far from carrying out the third. All three forms of direct action will take the building of strong organizations independent of the Democrats and Republicans.
I support any and all actions that will help build the kind of consciousness among the people that could one day make the three kinds of effective direct action by the people possible. Illusions in warmongers like Sam Farr's potential to organize an anti-war movement are an obstacle to effective action. Instead of talking to Sam Farr's staff we are better off holding rallies and distributing literature to the people. Reaching GIs and young people of draft or recruitment age is critical. The Farrs and Bushes of the world will never be reached by our moral arguments. Like Nixon, however, they will notice if soldiers refuse to fight.
With all this said, I hope that Sam Farr does organize a town hall meeting so that those of us in the Peace and Freedom Party can be there to urge people to break with illusions in the twin parties of war that rule America and to register to vote with the Peace and Freedom Party. The Peace and Freedom Party is a party that has opposed every US war since it was founded in 1967 and actively calls for the vigorous building of an effective anti-war movement. I encourage people who think that this kind of thinking makes sense to:
1. Register with the Peace and Freedom Party, we are now only 4,000 registrants away from getting back on the state ballot.
2. You can also come to our next meeting at the Louden Nelson Center on Saturday December 7th at 1:30 PM.
3. In addition we encourage people to attend the Peace Friday demonstrations held every Friday at Ocean and Water Streets at 5:00 PM
4. Build and attend the national actions that have been set for January in San Francisco and Washington DC. Tens of thousands will converge in San Francisco & Washington DC January 18, 2003 for a MASS DEMONSTRATION and in Washington on Jan. 19 for the Convening of the GRASSROOTS PEACE CONGRESS
5. Post your own ideas and actions. All power to the people!