The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

9/11 Used against Working People

Sep 5, 2011

In September 2001, this is what SPARK had to say about the way 9/11 would be used against working people:

“The attack on September 11 may well serve to make American workers feel they have no choice but to give Bush a blank check to carry out the policies he proposes today – new wars overseas, more repression at home, and a demand for sacrifices made in living and working conditions. This would be a mistake.”

But this is exactly what happened. Bush used people’s fears to force acceptance of wars against Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan – and acceptance of sacrifices at home. At the time, we said it would be a mistake for working people to fall into this trap.

It’s even more of a mistake today to go along with these wars and demands for sacrifice. The president may have changed, Obama has replaced Bush, but the demand that we pay an outrageous human and social price continues.