Friday, August 12, 2005

Thugs in suits

http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1547587,00.html

Howard Zinn is professor emeritus of political science at Boston University.

He has written an article for Le Monde diplomatique (August 2005) and the Guardian (12 August 2005)

Zinn writes:

"It is not only Iraq that is occupied. America is too.

"My country is in the grip of a president surrounded by thugs in suits."

Zinn writes of occupied Iraq:

"We have all read reports of US soldiers angry at being kept in Iraq. Such sentiments are becoming known to the US public, as are the feelings of many deserters who are refusing to return to Iraq after home leave."

Zinn writes of occupied America:

"I wake up in the morning, read the newspaper, and feel that we are an occupied country, that some alien group has taken over. I wake up thinking: the US is in the grip of a president surrounded by thugs in suits who care nothing about human life abroad or here...

"More Americans are beginning to feel, like the soldiers in Iraq, that something is terribly wrong. More and more every day the lies are being exposed. And then there is the largest lie, that everything the US does is to be pardoned because we are engaged in a 'war on terrorism', ignoring the fact that war is itself terrorism, that barging into homes and taking away people and subjecting them to torture is terrorism, that invading and bombing other countries does not give us more security but less...

"The 'war on terrorism' is not only a war on innocent people in other countries; it is a war on the people of the US: on our liberties, on our standard of living.

"The country's wealth is being stolen from the people and handed over to the super-rich. The lives of the young are being stolen...

"Our faith is that human beings only support violence and terror when they have been lied to. And when they learn the truth, as happened in the course of the Vietnam war, they will turn against the government. We have the support of the rest of the world. The US cannot indefinitely ignore the 10 million people who protested around the world on February 15 2003.
There is no act too small, no act too bold. The history of social change is the history of millions of actions, small and large, coming together at points in history and creating a power that governments cannot suppress."

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Howard Zinn's books include A People's History of the United States

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