|Frontline, Ramsey Yousef, NEA, AFL, and War is Good
The relentless war of the rich on the poor, which added the dimension
nationalism about 300 years ago, continues to rush ahead.
Yesterday, Frontline (PBS) updated their two year old report on Bin
It's less than an hour long, makes it clear that Bin Laden is
of the Saudi Oil billions and the CIA (which was once proud to claim
Here is the PBS link http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/binladen/
The NEA and the AFL-CIO are behaving predictably, if disappointingly.
NEA wants to pyschologize the terror and rise of witless nationalism
(http://www.nea.org/) offering several stock stress kits to teachers,
the AFL just wants on board for the war
http://www.aflcio.org/home.htm as it did in Vietnam.
Meanwhile, Detroit newspapers are offering to turn the collapsed city
the 'arsenal of democracy' again, as a commentator on pbs declared,
all, war really is good business." Here is the Detroit News chiming
IndyMedia has struggled to keep up with the crisis, as has most of the
alternative press, swimming upsream against an onslaught of survivor
which, moving as they surely are, seem to be taking the place of questions
like, "why?" Here is the indymedia link. There is a good piece on Bin
Z Magazine has a link to statements from several interesting groups
To my knowledge, no one has taken on the task of examining the dramatic
change that is going to occur in the US economy. On the brink of disaster
on Sept 10, the economy is perhaps over the edge now. The huge outpouring
of tax money to the military, a shift of at least 39 billion dollars
this day alone, will have to come from somewhere, and that is not going
be from taxing oil profits.
This debt will have to be paid by the working class, already burdened
the greatest debt in US history. We will also be paying with our children,
the youth who were economically drafted to the military, apparently
marching onto the Afghan plains.
If we consider the massive losses incurred by shutting down the economy
a week, by gigantic insurance settlements, by the devastation of the
and transportation industry, the gigantic losses in entertainment profits,
well, the economic grinding over time may change some minds about the
notion that "We are all in this together."
Or, maybe not. That would seem to depend on us learning to do things
ways, building community and care while resisting and seeking equality
democracy at the same time---under very trying conditions. At issue
educators is not only what people need to know, but how do they need
come to know it, in order to be self-actualizing agents of our collective
Below, I am pasting Ramsey Yousef's statement to the court. Yousef,
will remember, was convicted in the bombing of the WTC. This is not,
course, an endorsement of Yousef or his actions, or his ideas. It is
original document, taken from a conservative www site, sent to me by
ranking military officer who was in one of my classes. It cannot stand
alone but, in a classroom, combined with other material, may shed some
light on what is happening today.
The last thing any terrorist on any side wants is a class conscious
people who have the tools to comprehend and change the world--without
paying someone to interpret it for them.
Yousef to the Court:
"You keep talking also about
collective punishment and killing innocent
people to force governments to change their policies; you call this
terrorism when someone would kill innocent people or civilians in order
force the government to change its policies. Well, when you were the
one who invented this terrorism.
You were the first one who
killed innocent people, and you are the first
one who introduced this type of terrorism to the history of mankind
you dropped an atomic bomb which killed tens of thousands of women
children in Japan and when you killed over a hundred thousand people,
of them civilians, in Tokyo with fire bombings. You killed them by
them to death. And you killed civilians in Vietnam with chemicals as
the so-called Orange agent. You killed civilians and innocent people,
soldiers, innocent people every single war you went. You went to wars
than any other country in this century, and then you have the nerve
about killing innocent people.
And now you have invented
new ways to kill innocent people. You have
so-called economic embargo which kills nobody other than children and
elderly people, and which other than Iraq you have been placing the
economic embargo on Cuba and other countries for over 35 years...
The government in its summations
and opening said that I was a terrorist.
Yes, I am a terrorist and I am proud of it. And I support terrorism
as it was against the United States Government and against Israel,
you are more than terrorists; you are the one who invented terrorism
using it every day. You are butchers, liars and hypocrites. "
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