End the Occupations!
By Mumia Abu-Jamal
A message from jounalist and innocent death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal to the March 20, 2004 demonstration in San Francisco.
The United States and its client state of Israel are using military force and aggression to dominate, occupy and control subject peoples, both on the pretext of fighting terrorism while imposing a regime of state terror.
The U.S. used the lie of weapons of mass destruction to unleash a war against a sovereign nation and now occupies a nation torn by conflict with a very real threat of civil war. Americans should reject the policy of preemption, which really means might makes right.
If we have learned anything from history, it is that the strong are not strong for long, that empires rise and empires fall, that fates of nations are written in how they use their powers. The same class, and in some cases the very same people, who supported the Iraqi regime militarily damned them a decade later for using the very weapons they provided them with.
They used the resolutions of the U.N. to justify a mindless, cruel war of regional conquest. The people were right in spring 2003 when they demanded, No war for oil! They are right now. Let the world hear your demand, End the occupation!
The billions used to enrich Halliburton and Bechtel for a false defense could best be used to rebuild schools, to provide low-income housing, to hire the jobless. To use the phrase of the Global Womens Strike, Invest in caring, not killing.
I thank you all and the ANSWER coalition. End the occupation!
From Death Row, this is Mumia Abu-Jamal.
© Copyright 2004 Mumia Abu-Jamal. Check out Mumias new book, Faith of Our Fathers: An Examination of the Spiritual Life of African and African-American People, named one of The Most Remarkable Books of 2003 by Black Issues Book Review