“How can you have a war on terrorism when war itself is terrorism?”—Howard Zinn
Wars are nothing more than legitimized, government-sanctioned—mass murder. Thus, the very expression, ‘war on terror’ is an insane contradiction in terms.
Now that the smooth-tongued, war mongering, predator-drone missile, NDAA signing, ‘Kill List’ Barack Obama has been re-installed as head of the corporate owned U.S. Empire, the everyday ordinary people of this nation and world are in for more wars, increased economic austerity, and intensified subterfuge.
Notwithstanding the fact that ‘terrorism’ by its very nature is both physical and psychological; the peoples of this nation and planet are in fact being terrorized by their respective governments which are, to one extent or another, subservient to a national and global bloodsucking corporate elite.
The people of the United States are effectively terrorized and manipulated by the deliberately perpetuated two-party dictatorship of the corporate-owned Democratic and Republican parties. Thus, the resilience of the insidious ‘lesser of the evils’ myth that prevails to this very day due to corporate-government brainwashing and its concomitant corporate-stream media of incessant propaganda. Make no mistake about it: This two-party dictatorship, along with economic austerity and corporate hegemony, are all forms of deliberately maintained ‘terrorism,’ and the majority of people in this nation are still held hostage to it.
Then of course, there is the blatantly bloody terrorism international of war—with its missiles, drones, tanks, warships, land mines, and war planes—which, in turn, ensures a savage reaction of additional individual and/or state-sponsored terrorism that spirals into a never ending cycle of not only wars but also of rage and hatred. The national and global corporate elite financially benefits enormously from this unending terror or the fear of it, even as everyday people nationally and globally, continue as de facto cannon fodder for the elite bankers and war manufacturers, including the corporations of Lockheed, General Dynamics, Honeywell, and General Electric, etc.
The so-called ‘war on terror,’ with its obliteration at home and abroad of civil liberties and human rights, is actually a war on the ordinary peoples of Mother Earth. Barack Obama and his Democratic and Republican party cohorts, through the use of subterfuge, misguided patriotism, and disinformation, will take this nation and world to the brink of annihilation if we the people do not put a stop to it—NOW.
To reiterate: Wars are nothing more than legitimized, government-sanctioned mass murder.
Now, more than ever before, the ordinary everyday Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people of this nation and world must understand that we are allowing ourselves to be pitted one against the other as the perpetual victims of national and global corporate-government terrorism.
The next time you hear this nation’s corporate-government misleaders invoke the so-called ‘war on terrorism’ as a rationale for more war, more economic austerity, and the destruction of civil liberties and human rights, remember who the real terrorists are and who the actual victims in this nation and throughout Mother Earth really are.
Each one, reach one. Each one, teach one. Onward, then, my sisters and brothers. Onward!
Intrepid Report Associate Editor Larry Pinkney is a veteran of the Black Panther Party, the former Minister of Interior of the Republic of New Africa, a former political prisoner and the only American to have successfully self-authored his civil / political rights case to the United Nations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. In connection with his political organizing activities, Pinkney was interviewed in 1988 on the nationally televised PBS News Hour, formerly known as The MacNeil / Lehrer News Hour. Pinkney is a former university instructor of political science and international relations, and his writings have been published in various places, including The Boston Globe, the San Francisco BayView newspaper, the Black Commentator, Global Research (Canada), LINKE ZEITUNG (Germany), and Mayihlome News (Azania/South Africa). For more about Larry Pinkney see the book, Saying No to Power: Autobiography of a 20th Century Activist and Thinker, by William Mandel [Introduction by Howard Zinn]. (Click here to read excerpts from the book.)