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NO to Imperial War!

excerpts from a column by Mumia Abu-Jamal. November 2003

Clearly, the solution to the egregious human rights violations in Guantanamo Bay will not be found in U.S. courts, just as the solution to these wars for empire will not be found in anti-war marches.

To be truly anti-imperialist means to oppose the "soft" imperialism of the Democrats, AND the "hard" imperialism of the Republicans. Both imperialisms are fundamentally wrong, for they begin with the false premise that Americans know best, how other peoples should live their lives and organize their societies.

One cannot believe in self-determination and imperialism; those two views are incompatible.

To be truly anti-imperialist means organizing, not demonstrations, but mass movements that pose an alternative to the deadly status quo.

It means believing, and fighting for, the idea that another world is possible.

It means thinking of the peoples of this world as the same as us; not "them".

It means the renunciation of white supremacy. It means a foreign policy truly based upon simple humility; instead of domination.

It means a real transformation of the way things are done here; and that means change; revolution. It means this, or it means nothing.

For, if these steps aren't taken, generations will be plunged into bloody and needless wars; wars fought for wealthy elites based on lies, and fear, and greed... the surrender of your children and grandchildren to endless war!

No to Imperial War!

You have been reading excerpts from "Why Being Anti-War Means Being Anti-Imperialist" by Mumia Abu-Jamal. You can read the entire piece here: tinyurl.com/9zy9l. Thanks to Mumia Abu-Jamal and seeingblack.com.

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