Protests - will Bush and Blair listen?
The people have been
heard, at last. Millions of voices all shouting 'No War in Iraq''No
blood for Oil ' 'No to Bush's War' Even posters calling for
Bush and Blair to be tried for 'war crimes'. The voices and posters could
be heard in over 300 cities across the world in around 60 countries.
It happened here in Vancouver as well. The city came to a complete stop
as the crowds spilled over onto West Georgia Street from the Art Gallery
meeting point and jammed Canada Place. It's difficult to estimate numbers
but at a minimum fifty thousand came. Families, the old and the young.
No radicals these, but genuine Canadians with a conscience and loud voices.
It was friendly, peaceful and earnest. The bus drivers, cooped up in their
buses lining up along the whole length of Granville Street were philosophical.
They can't stop this war, but at least the politicians will 'know ' which
side they had better get on board now. Is it left-wing to hate war? I
don't think so.
Instinctively the protesters world-wide know that G.W. Bush wants this
war for revenge and oil. There is no other reason. No evidence has ever
been shown to the world that links Saddam with 9/11 and yes, he is a beast,
(murdering hundreds of thousands of his own people over time) but he is
Iraq's beast and I don't see 150,000 US troops massed on Zimbabwe's border,
even though Mugabe is starving his people for political ends. Ah yes,
Zimbabwe has no oil. No strategic value.
Colin Powell looks more foolish by the day with his flimsy 'evidence',
excuses and demands. His credibility is shot to hell. Why aren't the 150,000
massed on North Korea's borders where the real threat to world peace is
emanating. Instead now the US and British press are mounting a propaganda
war against France for suggesting that there might be a better way to
deal with Saddam other than killing everyone. NATO may have agreed to
help Turkey in time of war, but the US are prepared to destroy European
unity to get their way. In fact the French deserve our support for resisting
American Imperialism. Boycotting French wine and cheese? Well it works
two ways. Boycott Boeing, Boycott MacDonalds, Drink Chablis not Coke...
In Italy over a million marched for peace in Rome, in London revised estimated
put the crowds at over a million. None of these people will be voting
for PM Blair again and his career is effectively over. The people have
at last found a voice and a cause and unlike other protests over hunting
or gay rights, for example, this protest unites nations. Everyone, but
the US adminstration and PM Blair and his supine supporters in the media
can see the unbelieveable injustice of this upcoming war and though the
united protesters voices will not stop it, they will remember come the
next elections (coincidentally less than two years away for Bush and Blair).
The revulsion for war is felt right across Europe as well as Australia
and New Zealand (though only 400 turned out in Moscow). The crowds in
Western Streets are not reflected in the Arab countries that surround
Iraq. No protests, no marches, no stirrings. Is it fear or indifference
that keeps them indoors or do they want Saddam destroyed for their own
Right now, the people of the world listen to Hans Blix and know he is
speakiing the truth. Iraq is not a threat to world peace. The people have
at last found their voices. How this will play down the road of history
remains to be seen, but thismay be the beginning of a change a big
change. If ignored the protesters will despair, then turn angry and the
war could end up in our streets.
How you can help 'turn off the war'
pretty easy to become depressed and not a little angry with world
politics right now. G.W. Bush, Dick Cheyney and other hawks are
so gung-ho for war that all the reason in the world seems to pass
them by. Inside Fortress America it's all about evil doers and Code
Orange (one step away from Code Red when all hell breaks loose).
Even kids in the playground now play with 'weapons of mass destruction'
they are so brainwashed and Iraq is the Death Star that must be
destroyed at all costs.
of America (with the sad exception of Tony Blair's UK) the whole world
can see it is a 'big bully versus the nasty smelly kid no one likes'
scenario. A pissing contest in other words and if all Colin Powell can
come up with is alleged soldiers talking about hiding some modified
vehicles to justify the attack, then it is a sad, sad world indeed.
(I might add that in the USA there's some very scary guys with guns
driving around in modified Humvees or SUVs that need taking care of
before they do something crazy.)
G.W. Bush sees himself as a prince fighting evil under God's banner.
One more crusade for the road and the infidels will never bother us
again. Fat chance of that.
So do you feel powerless?
Does the future look uncertain? Well here's a way to deal with it.
Yes, turn off the news, don't buy anymore newspapers. If G.W., Dick
or Donald come on the TV turn he sound down and watch their insincere
faces. Now concentrate upon yourself, your friends and family.
YOU are what matters. Now think about your creativity. Think about the
music you like or want to create, or the art or series of photographs
you always wanted to take. Call your friends, invite them over for potluck
supper, talk about everything except the war. (When I was younger politics
was never allowed at the table as it always led to tears and indigestion).
Your creativity will defeat evil.
Paint, compose, do some pottery, be someone who places some value into
That picture, that short story or novel, that child you read a story
to or made a bear for, will generate affection and love and tear at
the fabric of hate that surrounds us.
You can do it.
They can have their war, but you won't be watching CNN this time.
Call your friends, make them promise to go to the theatre, cinema, art
galleries, cultural events, assert your right to civilization. If we
all practice enjoying life we will all come to appreciate what we could
lose by allowing the paranoia in Washington to militarise our lives,
restrict our freedoms and by default achieve the enemies aims for them.
Don't be afraid, create. The door is open to tyranny. McCarthyism is
never far away. 'You're with us or agin us'. Well being against terror
is not unpatriotic. Disbelieving Iraq is a a threat to word peace is
to reclaim your own sense of mental well being. The real weapon of mass
destruction is doubt and fear and hate in our hearts.
Today call your friends, tell them the bread is warming in the oven
and you expect them at 7pm.
No Body Bags
No missiles exploding on schoolyards
Go out and create - exercise your freedom to choose.
Next Hackwriters Update March 3rd 2003
© Sam North 2003
This month in a rolling edition of Hacks:
Lots of new fiction: Try The
Swing or journey to Bulgaria
for the first time or read Mandy Mand's last despatch from Japan
and J.T.s first from Tokyo-
where there are some amazing bargains to be had. Meet Casey in Bangkok
or catch up on Alex Grant's reviews.
There's political comment from Ben
Jonjak in Chile and James
Campion in Jersey, lifestyles and just moments in coffeeshops.
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