Killers On The Payroll

Well, here we are. Bombs are dropping, the dying has started, and our country of ignorant, blind allegiance-pledging sheep has sanctioned yet another massacre for profit in the name of “liberating the oppressed.” Never mind the fact that millions of people spoke out against our non-elected Commander-in-Chief’s hell-bent course of action, or that Chief Weapons […]

Well, here we are. Bombs are dropping, the dying

has started, and our country of ignorant, blind allegiance-pledging sheep has

sanctioned yet another massacre for profit in the name of “liberating the

oppressed.” Never mind the fact that millions of people spoke out against

our non-elected Commander-in-Chief’s hell-bent course of action, or that

Chief Weapons Inspector Hans Blix and Ex-Marine and former UN Weapons Inspector

Scott Ritter stated repeatedly that weapons of mass destruction didn’t

exist and that more time was needed, or that the report of supposed proof of

Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction presented by Colin Powell to the U.N.

was plagiarized, or that of the 535 members of Congress, only one (Sen. Johnson

of South Dakota) has an enlisted son or daughter in the armed forces, or that

GOP-contributors the Bechtel Group Inc., Fluor Corp., Halliburton Co. subsidiary

Kellogg, Brown & Root, Louis Berger Group Inc., and Parsons Corp have all

been asked to submit bids for the rebuilding of Iraq’s infrastructure,

again sadly proving the argument that this is indeed a slaughter for profit.

Never mind these facts, no. Never mind the fact

the the Hallibuton Corporation, of which our Vice-President was once CEO, has

been awarded a contract to oversee firefighting operations in Iraqi oilfields,

and will probably be instrumental in the rebuilding effort, just as it was in

the Gulf War after we bombed Iraq in 1991, to the tune of $23.8 million dollars.

This will probably be lost on my fellow Americans.

It certainly has been lost on our conservative -bending Bush-complicit media.

I can almost hear the conservatives now. “Where

were you when Clinton bombed Bosnia…blah, blah, blah…” Is this the

best they can do? That’s a moot point at this juncture. People are dying

in a war that is unjust and the media has simply sat on it’s collective

hands. Where’s the independent investigation into 9-11? Gone forever, I

suppose. This is now more relevant then ever because the entire chain of events

which have transpired since 9-11 (the reduction of civil liberties, rampant

profiteering and the demonization and imperialist invasions of lessor-developed

countries) have occurred because of 9-11. How come I can find all this information

from credible sources online but they can’t? Because they don’t want

you to know, that’s why.

I’m sure some of them will say, “what’s a rapper doing commenting

on politics…blah, blah blah…” completely overlooking the fact that

I, too, am educated, and that they, in their arrogance and inherent racism,

don’t have the market cornered on analytical thought. What makes these

talking heads more qualified than me to speak out? Nothing.

Understand that today’s supposed "news"

is totally under the control of the Pentagon. We never see actual war footage

– babies dying, families slaughtered – just blips and far-away night vision

shots. The dehumanizing effect of all of this is that we are desensitized to

the atrocities of war. For most Americans, it is a temporary inconvenience that

we hope will be resolved quickly. A video game…cool! We can’t relate

to the horrors of war because we’ve never been attacked here. Remember

most of the war hawks have never served in the armed services and most of the

doves have.

So now we are faced with the paradox of wanting our soldiers–young men and

women who risk too much for too little pay–to come home in one piece. But supporting

our troops while they’re fighting an immoral and illegal war is misguided and

wrong. Members of our armed forces don’t deserve insults, but their role in

this war doesn’t merit support either. Cheering them as they leave and holding

parades when they return would certainly be misinterpreted by citizens of other

countries as popular support for an inglorious enterprise–and it would make

it easier for Bush to send them off again, to Iran or Libya or wherever.

Iraq has never attacked, nor threatened to attack,

the United States. As his 1990 invasion of Kuwait proved, Saddam is a menace

to his neighbors–Saudi Arabia, Iran, Israel–but he’s their problem, not ours.

Saddam’s longest-range missiles only travel 400


Why Iraq? Why not North Korea, who has an intercontinental

ballistic missile capable of hitting the western United States and nuclear capability?

Why not Pakistan, who just unveiled its new HATF-4 ballistic missile? I’m

not calling for us to ride on these countries too, don’t get me wrong.

But if disarmament were Bush’s goal, shouldn’t those countries–both of which

have threatened to use nukes–be higher-priority targets than non-nuclear Iraq?

Iraq isn’t part of the war on terrorism. The

only link between Iraq and Al Qaeda is the fact that they hate each other’s

guts. And no matter how often Bush says "9/11" and "Iraq"

in the same breath, Saddam had nothing to do with the terror attacks.

That leaves freeing Iraqis from Saddam’s repressive

rule as the sole rationale for war. Is the U.S. in the liberation business?

Will Bush spread democracy to the numerous other places where people can’t vote,

speak freely or eat much? You be the judge. I wouldn’t bet on it.

Of course, it would be great if Iraqis were to

overthrow Saddam (assuming that his successor would be an improvement). But

regime change is up to the locals, not us. George W. Bush has led us to commit

an abhorrent crime, an internationally-unsanctioned invasion of a nation that

has done us no harm and presents no imminent threat.

We have killers on the payroll in the White House.

Ten Thing You Can Do To Stop The War On Iraq

1. Call or Fax the White House or the United

Nations Security Council to express your opposition to an invasion of Iraq.

The United States Congress has voted for going to war with Iraq – failing in

its duty to represent a deeply divided American public. But there are still

ways to stop this invasion. Contact the White House at 202-456-1111 (tel) or

202-456-2461 (fax). Appeal to the members of the UN Security Council to do everything

in their power to stop this war now! You can fax them directly from the Global

Exchange website with one click of your mouse.

2. Join the national mobilization to stop the war on Iraq by organizing an anti-war

event (a rally, march, vigil, teach-in, or other action) in your community.

Make sure to list your event on the website UnitedforPeace

also has plenty of exciting action ideas and tips.

3. Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper saying why you oppose

the war on Iraq. Your letter should be from one to three paragraphs long. Possible

points to make include: the Administration has not presented an adequate justification

for going to war; Iraq does not pose a clear and present danger to the US; and

an invasion of Iraq would violate international law. You can find out where

to send your letters by looking on the letters to the editor page of your local


4. Email a friend and ask them to join you in

opposing the war. Send this list of things you can do to stop the war to a friend

along with a copy of Global Exchange’s Top Ten Reasons Why the US Should Not

Invade Iraq, available online at

5. Distribute flyers about why people should stop this war now. Good, heavily

trafficked locations include bus stops, subway stations, grocery stores, college

campuses, libraries, and churches, among other sites.

6. Organize a weekly vigil against the war at

the US federal building in your city, at the office of a Congressperson who

supports the war, or at another public place.

7. Call a press conference where local community

leaders, religious leaders, veterans, politicians, and others can speak out

against the war. Once you have some community leaders who are willing to speak

out against the war, determine the time and location of the press conference,

send a press release to local media outlets, and then follow up with a phone

call to tell editors and reporters what you’re doing.

8. Educate yourself about Iraq and the US accusations

against Saddam Hussein so you can discuss the issue with friends, family, and

even strangers. We won’t be able to stop this war if we can’t convince people

who don’t agree with us to come over to our position. Websites that have good

information include,,,, and

9. Place a "No War on Iraq" banner in a prominent public place. Even

if the banner is taken down within a few hours, people will see it while it’s

up, and they will realize that the opposition to this war is growing. You can

hang banners from freeway overpasses and out the windows of buildings in downtown

areas. It’s easy to make a banner: just use paint or markers on a white sheet.

10. Connect with the local peace group in your community. They will undoubtedly

have other ideas for how you can work to stop the war. Some peace groups that

have chapters in many cities and towns include Peace Action and the American

Friends Service Committee. You can also look at the events section on the United

for Peace website, and see what groups are sponsoring events in your community.

Or join Global Exchange’s moderated email listserve by sending a message here.

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