May 16, 2011
The U.S., resting on warlords just as vicious as bin Laden, went to war in Afghanistan in 2001. It used the pretext of bin Laden to take over another country of the Middle East. Several hundred thousand Afghan people have died, most of them civilian.
Then, the U.S. went to war in Iraq in 2003. Pretending to look for weapons of mass destruction, the U.S. went to war against Iraq to carry out a long-held goal of U.S. foreign policy: to establish its own control in the middle of the oil-rich Middle East. This war plus U.S. bombing has claimed nearly a million lives, mostly civilian.
Under the pretext of fighting terrorism, the U.S., the world’s strongest power, with the most terrible weapons, has used its might against civilian populations. What is this, if not terrorism of the worst kind?
And the terrorism the U.S. visits on people in other countries blows back against us – against U.S. troops ground up in these filthy wars, against American workers suffering in an economy starved for the money pumped into war.