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January 21, 2007

Nick Cohen, anti-fascist

Filed under: Iraq, press, usa, War on Terror — notsaussure @ 7:30 pm

Nick Cohen has a two part article in today’s Observer in which, as the intro explains,

As a child of politicised parents, Observer columnist Nick Cohen followed in their tradition and became a trenchant voice on the liberal-left in the 1980s and 90s. But the Iraq War changed all that and forced him to rethink. In an exclusive extract from his incendiary new book about the failings of the modern left, he argues that anti-Americanism has left it blind to the evils of militant Islam.

He starts with an anecdote about his childhood, supposed, I imagine, to indicate various things about his parents’ leftist idealism and commitment to anti-fascism, carried perhaps to extreme lengths but essentially good hearted:

In the early Seventies, my mother searched the supermarkets for politically reputable citrus fruit. She couldn’t buy Seville oranges without indirectly subsidising General Francisco Franco, Spain’s fascist dictator. Algarve oranges were no good either, because the slightly less gruesome but equally right-wing dictatorship of Antonio Salazar ruled Portugal. She boycotted the piles of Outspan from South Africa as a protest against apartheid, and although neither America nor Israel was a dictatorship, she wouldn’t have Florida or Jaffa oranges in the house because she had no time for then President Richard Nixon or the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.

My sisters and I did not know it, but when Franco fell ill in 1975, we were in a race to the death. Either he died of Parkinson’s disease or we died of scurvy. Luckily for us and the peoples of Spain, the dictator went first, although he took an unconscionably long time about it.

To me it actually indicates either Mr Cohen’s inability either to use a degree of common sense or to draw a simple inference — a moment’s thought should have told him, I would have hoped, that since he and his sisters were spared death from scurvy, his mother was doubtless feeding them a healthy diet, rich in vitamin c from rose hips, tomatoes, potatoes, strawberries and heaven knows what else — or his hope that his readers won’t pause to think too long about a superficially striking but completely fatuous point. Neither bodes well for his analysis.

I can hardly claim to speak for the left in these or any other matters, but it seems to me his analysis — essentially, the left used to be vehemently opposed to fascism (even to the extent, he mistakenly thinks, of endangering the health of poor young Nick and his siblings) but suddenly changed their tune when America pitched in against Saddam at the time of the First Gulf War and are now apologists for all manner of evil-doers so long as it puts them on the opposite side to the Americans.

Well, there’s a bit to unpick here. One point he might have considered, after giving thanks for his not-so remarkable escape from vitamin-C deficiency, is that I very much doubt that, whatever his parents’ objections to the regimes in South Africa, Spain, Portugal, Israel or America (and, I imagine, several Latin American countries and, for a while, Greece — all of which I recall being called upon to boycott at one time or another) few people ever seriously suggested that the unhappy conditions of the peoples of those countries could best be ameliorated by the Soviet Union (or anyone else) getting up a coalition of the willing to liberate them.

That is not, I think, just because the USA might have taken exception to all this — well, obviously if the USSR tried to liberate them, but more generally — but because everyone realised that foreign military intervention is not always a particularly good answer. No one seriously suggested the West should intervene in Pol Pot’s Democratic Kampuchea, no matter how bad things got there — indeed, as I recall, the USA were quite aggrieved when Vietnam, objecting to the carnage going on across the border, stepped in. This was not, I think, caused — at least not wholly — by indifference to the plight of the Cambodians but by a recognition that military intervention would almost certainly succeed only in making a bad situation worse.

Furthermore, since he mentions the way the Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union meant that from then on

you could rely on nearly all of the left – from nice liberals through to the most compromised Marxists – to oppose the tyrannies of the far right,

he might have given some thought to some aspects of the aftermath of the Great Patriotic War. For example, he might well have considered that while the Poles, Czechs, Slovaks, Bulgarians, inhabitants of the Baltic Republics and the like doubtless welcomed their liberation from fascism by the Soviet Union, many of them did not particularly like either the aftermath or the decades that followed. That is not, of course, to criticise their liberation by Marshal Zhukov and his armies; it is, however, to suggest that the Soviet line that they shouldn’t then complain about their liberators’ efforts to help them build Peoples’ Democracies in their newly liberated countries — and that anyone who did complain must be a fascist sympathiser — was a trifle disingenuous.

He might furthermore have considered the somewhat unsavoury nature of some Western anti-communists during the aftermath of WW2. Yes, people like Joseph McCarthy and the John Birch Society were pretty much telling the truth about how dreadful were the regimes in Stalin’s Soviet Union and the People’s Republic of China. That didn’t make them right about much else, though, and it certainly didn’t make them right in suggesting that anyone who disagreed with American foreign policy was, ipso facto, an apologist for Stalinist tyranny or an unwitting dupe of those who might want to introduce it to the West. And they certainly weren’t right in helping to whip up anti-communist hysteria over this, though I don’t think many of them actually went as far as to publish apologias for the torture of communists, real or suspected, at least not by their own governments.

Indeed, he might have considered the way that this supposed clash of civilisations or ideologies between the free world and the communists caused all manner of horrendous ideological compromises and alliances. Since the perfectly legitimate grievances of people in many third-world countries were acknowledged — for their own purposes, to be sure — primarily by the Communist countries, the opposition movements there naturally turned to the Communists for support, not though any particular enthusiasm for Marxism-Leninism, I would suggest, but because that was the only game in town. Meanwhile, that same South African government whose oranges Mr Cohen’s parents were denying him was protesting that it was a bulwark against the spread of communism and pointing — quite correctly — to the political affiliations of many of its opponents.

Something similar, I would, suggest, is happening in many Muslim countries; if you have a corrupt and authoritarian government which you oppose, and that government is supported — in the name of a war against terror — by the USA and opposed by the radical Islamists, well you’re going to take whatever help is going, I would have thought. Nelson Mandela is clearly no communist, much though it suited his gaolers to portray him as one, and his supporters as communist dupes, but that didn’t stop him and the ANC from taking help and support from the communists when it was available. And the communists’ support against oppressive governments doubtless helped convince many locals that the communists couldn’t be as bad as they were made out to be, while the Western democracies’ support for their oppressors doubtless helped give liberal democracy an undeservedly bad name in some quarters.

To my mind, countries should try not to convince themselves they’re engaging in ideological conflicts where they’re on the side of right. They’re not. They should try to act in their own best interests and concentrate on doing as little harm as possible rather than trying to save the world (which never appreciates the favour).

That, unfortunately, frequently means not making a bad situation worse — and it was because it was obvious even to me what was going to happen in Iraq that I, along with a great many other people, ‘opposed the overthrow of a fascist regime,’ as Mr Cohen puts it.
It was because the anarchy that was going to follow was sadly predicatable, as was the rise of God knows how many different factions of heavily-armed extremists of one sort or another, as is the fact that the whole debacle will sooner or later resolve itself by the declaring victory, pulling out and leaving the place in the hands of someone who’s probably almost as bad as Saddam (except that he can presumably be counted on to remain loyal the US, for as long as he lasts, however long or short a time that may be).

If I’d have thought that the enterprise stood a reasonable chance of success, I’d have been all for it, but it didn’t, so I wasn’t.

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  1. Sounds a bit like a hypocratic oath for international relations…..you don’t make the situation worse, and you only undertaken invasive actions in the most serious of cases. It also means looking at alternative methods of action. You could have looked at getting rid of Saddam as a good thing but look at doing it in a way that would not make the patient worse.
    It might also mean looking at our own motives in action and inaction.

    Comment by MattUK — January 21, 2007 @ 8:36 pm

  2. I’m not sure I agree with countries only doing what is in their own best interests as a point of principle. It’s a political reality that they largely do what is in their own best interests, or at least that they put their interests first if there is a conflict, but ought they to? Following that logic through, don’t you get prisoner’s dilemma type situations, such as the failure to address global warming, etc.? I think your other point about first doing no harm is more like it.

    That article of Nick Cohen’s arguing in favour of torture was great. First of all, it made me realise that he had, as I had suspected, actually sold out completely, and that it was no longer necessary to even think about his arguments as if they were worth serious consideration any more. It also means that I don’t have to do any work to discredit him any more, I just link to that article and I’m done with it. Thanks Nick!

    Comment by Dan Goodman — January 21, 2007 @ 10:18 pm

  3. Far be it from me to suggest that these extracts are yet another weary outing for the Decent Left’s army of wind-up goosestepping nazi dolls, throwing clockwork salutes to better bolster the righteousness of the faithful.

    As I’ve said before, I suppose the niceties of discussion must be cast aside when one is speaking truth to power.

    After all, who knows when George Galloway and the Socialist Worker’s Party will rise up in a violent coup and seize control of the state apparatus.

    Thank God that relatively powerless figures such as the Prime Minister of Great Britain and the President of the USA have brave dissidents such as Nick to fight their corner. Otherwise one would never hear the pro-war argument in the media.

    Comment by Flying Rodent — January 22, 2007 @ 8:02 am

  4. Agree with 99% of what you said. However, I don’t think an argument can be made that all military intervention is the worst possible action, or indeed should never be resorted to.

    The particular example you gave, Cambodia, as we know military intervention there by the USA had pretty much given rise to the awful situation, and I’ve no doubt that further intervention would have been awful (particularly given their propensity to solve problems with bombs from the air), however I think it could easily be argued that short interventions by a well placed neighbour is often the best possible action.

    The Vietnamese succeeded in ousting a truly hideous regime and definitely made the situation better, likewise Tanzania’s intervention in Uganda (admittedly, not unprovoked) ending Idi Amin’s rule was also for the better.

    I’m less informed about what’s going on in Somalia and Ethopia’s motives in the past have been iffy to say the least, but it seems to me that regime addition is slightly more likely to work than regime change. How about Burundi’s ending the holocaustal slaughter in Rwanda. And yes, I’m aware that they were hardly blameless in manipulating the country towards a conflictive state in the first place, but just because you’ve helped precipitate a terrible state of affairs, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t move towards ending it.

    Incidentally that’s a lesson Bush should learn if he does the sensible thing and upped and leave.

    Comment by piers — January 22, 2007 @ 2:34 pm

  5. Dan, I take the point about global warming, though I’m not sure the Prisoner’s dilemma really applies here; that, after all, is a one-off deal that you make without knowing what the other prisoner is doing so it seems to differ in very material respects from countries arguing about what to do about global warming. In any case, and I realise I’ll need to think about this further, there’s not a great deal countries can do directly about global warming; the most they can do is to attempt to influence — more or less coercively — the behaviour of others (individuals and corporations). If you think about the difficulties that a command economy like the old USSR — who should, on paper, have found this easier than would a less regulated economy — would have had actually implementing a decision by the Central Committee to cut carbon emissions, you maybe see the problems I have in mind. I was thinking more of things governments can do directly (e.g. invade other countries).

    Pace Piers, I didn’t say they should never do this, or even only do it as a last resort. ‘In your own best interests’, to my mind, certainly includes stepping in when a neighbouring country descends into anarchy, both since you’re coping with the refugees fleeing into your country and since anarchy and civil war have a habit of spreading. I had in mind, as people may have guessed, Tony Blair’s views on the subject — which appear to find an alarming resonance in those of al-Qaeda, at least according to their supposed spokesman, Lewis ‘Atiyytulalah; seems to me, in practice, an alarming recipe for getting involved in endless wars in which there’s little possibility of compromise because you have right on your side.   The trouble is, the other chap knows he does, too.   Given this government’s enthusiasm for ineffectual intervention in apparently more tractible problems like disorderly teenagers, I’m very worried indeed when it, or any other government, decides to intervene in more serious matters — that’s what I meant about being sure you weren’t going to make a bad situation even worse.

    Comment by notsaussure — January 22, 2007 @ 6:13 pm

  6. “If I’d have thought that the enterprise stood a reasonable chance of success, I’d have been all for it, but it didn’t, so I wasn’t.”

    And that’s absolutely fair enough. Cohen’s wider point – he does phrase his description of the anti-war marches deliberately provocatively – is that the same people on the left who opposed Iraq for being an “anti-Muslim crusade” opposed our intervention in Kosovo to protect Muslims from ethnic cleansing.

    The impression you get is that there are too many on the Left who will cosy up to anyone who is anti-American. Read the articles on Comment is Free almost daily praising Castro and Chavez, and the apologias for Ahmadinejad, the Belarussian guy (name escapes me, sorry), Hamas, Hezbollah – basically if you are in the Bush Administration’s sights that is taken to be evidence in and of itself that you must be doing something right. This even extends to the grotesque parodies of government currently ruling Sudan and Somalia.

    And so we see the hard Left making common cause with regimes, ideologies and movements that it is quite legitimate to describe as “fascist”. Why is no-one marching about Zimbabwe? Why do Darfur marches get hundreds or thousands rather than hundreds of thousands? And how many more people would turn out if the US announced plans to invade Sudan – how many leftist groups would suddenly crawl out of the woodwork to express an interest in that miserable conflict / genocide – express an interest for the very first time?

    As I am a man of the right, my reaction is contempt and disdain, more than anything else. But to someone like Cohen, who goes to quite some length to establish his painfully right-on background (I did snigger at the awful, horrible dilemmas of his Viz-style Modern Parents), this realisation must really and genuinely be utterly nauseating. I never believed in the power of socialism, solidarity and marching for freedom. He’s believed it all his life.

    Now, one can agree with all of this without buying the case for an interventionist pre-emptive foreign policy of the sort we’ve seen in the last 6 years; I hope and presume that he will address this in the book itself, because that, in a sense, is the hard part.

    Plus, I just like watching lefties fight.

    Comment by Mr Eugenides — January 22, 2007 @ 11:34 pm

  7. Oh dear, I hope I didn’t come across as bristling. I’m never one to get riled, I’m just notoriously pedantic :)
    And yes, absolutely fair point. I’ve always been disturbed by Blair’s self-righteousness. I wonder if he is even aware of the strategic thinking behind many of his policies, if he actually understood the neocon agenda in Iraq, or the flexing muscles/reassertion of a raison d’etre in a dying nato coalition in the Kosovo campaign.
    Sort of an Edenesque situation in both really, if his actions are driven blindly by a crusading zeal he’s too stupid to be in power. If he’s doing it in a cynical desire to bring us back to an imperial world policeman status, then he’s too dangerous.
    Ho hum….June …..apparently.

    Comment by piers — January 23, 2007 @ 9:02 am

  8. Anti-Fascist Movement in the USA
    I am 25 years old now and I noticed my generation knows nothing in understanding war or politics. We live as sheep walking invisible paths that our fathers and grandfathers created to lead us into blindness. Our fathers sent us to war in Iraq based on intangibles that they felt we did not deserve to understand. Our fathers and the father’s of our fathers are brainwashed by an undying patriotic fog created by years of wartime motivational necessity. They no longer see personal differences of what our government considers our enemy. Our fathers focus only on lifestyle differences and a misguided belief in our government’s honesty in order to rationalize any war. We have no one to seek the truth from, because we do not even know a truth exists. However, there is a truth and it is more disturbing then any that our country has faced in the past. It is a truth that shall spawn my generation’s first true war. However, we do not need to send our brothers and friends across an ocean to die, because the battleground has made its way right to our doorstep and even into the confused minds of a changing country’s citizens.
    Fascism, something once despised by all countries of decent morality, has found its way to the United States. This is no longer just a term, symbolizing evil, which we read about in books. It is now a deadly reality that we have refused to notice and even welcomed with open arms. The youth of this country (the collegians, soldiers, athletes, and blossoming graduates) is weak and gullible. We are blind-wanderers walking in a landmine field where we have made ourselves dependent on people feeding us unreliable direction. We are so hypnotized by the daily routine of our lives that we allow our government to filter our news. We let them use fear to conform us into easily manageable zombies. We let them manipulate their way into costly wars without demanding the truth. Overtime we have watched a small economic elite gain power in every level of government and progressively misuse power. The polarization between political parties has made them forget their essential need for one another. Both sides start relying on negative stereotypes and media attacks to belittle each other’s views all while forgetting they are both representing a nearly equal half of the American public. They use an issue such as terrorism and twist it to slowly slip more and more power away from the people. We have allowed these things to slowly become cultural norms while forgetting that we once had a name for this newly evolving government; Fascism. It’s hard to imagine we have walked so listlessly into a world where the people are treated like cattle. However, just as easily as we got to this point we can still make thing right.
    It has become that time when the youth of this country needs to make it evident that when united it is we who hold the true power. Unified we can demand our government to recognize that their existence is to make the people happy. We are young, strong, fast, and brave and then when collectively motivated by youthful ambition, we can become a force with the ability to take away power from the small economic elite. It is us who fight their wars and us who die protecting their security. A motivated, unified youthful generation is a dishonest government’s worst fear. Government relies on separating us so we are easier to use as their pawns. It is the young men and women of this country whose civic duty is to destroy the growing movement of fascist acceptance. It is us who will be suffering in the fascist police state wondering what happened to all our rights. However, if we take action to unify as a group we can be a powerful instrument of fear. All we need is the proper motivation to tell us that we have tremendous power if utilized correctly. Regardless of political view points we should unify based on a generation alliance. We can shift the power away from the small power elite and give ourselves better options for our future. A majority of support would be given to us by the middle to lower classes. It is they who will continue to suffer the most by the negative evolution that our government has recently foretoken. All that is needed is the motivation to help them realize that if they can unite, then it is their majority power that can control the government. Separating ourselves based on life experiences rather than political point of views offers an opportunity to gain a level of power that presently is unattainable.
    To fight fascism someone must take a first step toward the beginning of civil disobedience, which will bring change. So I will publicly state that if the Patriot Act (or anything thing similar) is ever passed in this country, then there will be no boundaries which will stop me to actively disobey and fight this wicked evasion of privacy. This “Act” is a condensed example of everything that has begun to threaten the individual rights that we should cherish forever. This Act is the first step to take the social norms that have recently evolved into our country and begin to make them law. No form of punishment shall ever make me concede to accept this law. Perhaps this attempt by me to spark some revolutionary flame may be even be considered treason and I could be considered a homegrown terrorist for what I say. That still will never change my beliefs and will never stop me from fighting fascism. It is time we show our political strength and stomp out fascism before its too late. By: Jay Mick

    Email TheMasterJayMick@yahoo.com to give your support

    Comment by Jay Mick — February 1, 2007 @ 3:37 pm

  9. The Revolution Has Started

    For the past few years I have written on the fascist overthrow of the American democracy and I have learned that revolution is unavoidable. We are being led into an entire new culture without even a fight. Our privacy is completely gone and we accept that the government is lying to us. Most of us know that the American government is using unethical methods to gain further control over the people, but nothing is done. Fear and manipulation has been used create public conformity into acceptance of all government actions. However, I have also learned that our government’s control over us is very weak and susceptible to revolution. The fascist American pseudo-dictatorship has attempted to pass laws in order to pressure further control over the herds. These new “law” are meaningless. We the people must ignore there legitimacy and provoke usage of these false regulations. Time for revolution is upon us and our victory is inevitable.

    We must not fear our government; it is our government who must fear us. We can decide how things are run simply by majority rule. We must decide now how we want things to be done in this country. We must provoke action to be taken against us; it is then we will create a public stage through use of media attention. Their control over us can be used against them. It is our duty to act any way we choose fit, so if we want to keep our privacy then flood “Big Brother” with overloads of misinformation and send them on wild goose chases. However, civil disobedience is not the only shape the revolution must take; it is essential that we unite through inspiration. Revolution can be successful in smaller numbers when people are truly committed to each other.

    It is also essential that we must not fear terrorism. Terrorism has always existed in the world, but it has only been since the events of 9/11 that we have made it such a large part of our lives. Fighting terrorism through war is pointless; we can not kill every lunatic that uses mass murder to fight for what they believe. The American Fascist Alliance is simply creating more and more people who will disagree with American politics to their death. We can not hate on those who use violence against America as a public display of disobedience, because one day violence may be the only thing the American people can do to save its democracy. We the people must open communications with these radical opposes of American politics to gain better understanding of each other.

    We must gain a better understanding of the people behind ‘terrorist’ acts of violence and learn how we can use them to save our democracy. Bin Laden simply had an extremely poor method of retaliation as his way to fight unethical American politics. He foolishly attacked his greatest ally and helped the fascist American elite cloud the people into believing a false reality. Terrorist are poorly educated freedom fighters that use methods which inevitably backfire. Terrorism is just a term that the fascist American elite is twisting in order to broaden its usage to define all forms of disobedience. We must not go to these Eastern cultures to kill, but instead we must reach out to them as the American people and unite. Our fascist American government is speaking for us, even when a majority of us do not support them. The mid-eastern people are just like us and we share similar goals. Our revolution does not only have support here in this country, but also has the support of nearly every country in the entire world.

    And that is the key, isn’t it? Our revolution is not only essential in saving the American democracy; rather it is vital in saving the entire world. The term terrorism may soon very well be used to label American people who fight for revolution, but we must not let meaningless labels deter our methods or goals. Let them wear out the term with over usage. Give them what they want and state, “We are terrorist!” However, we will terrify the fascist elite with intelligence, unity, and civil disobedience rather then explosives and hate. If the “terrorist”, who we are in war with now, learn that they have allies here in American then that will help create safety from terrorist attacks. We can secure a safety that our lying imperialist government fails to achieve with their war-mongering. We can also open discussions between the mid-eastern “terrorist” in order to teach them more successful forms of disobedience. I have constantly searched for ways to inspire a united majority here in America, but I was not thinking globally. Majority support for the revolution is already overwhelming throughout the world. We can seek foreign media to help give legs to the revolution. Media of the countries that we bully may salivate over helping the American revolutionist.

    The theme of this admittedly scattered expose is that we can say what we want because we are protected by the right of Free Speech. The government must recognize the revolution because it has officially started. So far we are left ignored, but that has only intensified our efforts. The time for revolution is here; the wheels are in motion. I promise I shall provoke action taken against me which will be supported by laws regulated by the American fascist regime. It is time that time for the youthful generations in America to showcase our power…… It is time…………………………………
    VIVA LA REVOLUTION!
    By: The Illustrious Jay Mick

    Comment by Jay Muck — February 21, 2007 @ 8:15 am

  10. The American Revolution: Saving Democracy and Liberty for the Entire World

    For the past few years I have written and studied extensively on the fascist overthrow of the American democracy and I have concluded that the American Revolution is unavoidable. We are being blindly led into an entire new culture without fighting or even demanding answers. Our privacy is nearly completely gone and we accept that the government is lying to us. Most of us know that the American government is using unethical methods to gain further control over the people, but the majority of the wretched people in America today seemingly lack their hearts and souls. Fear and manipulation has been used to create public conformity encoding a casual acceptance of all government actions. It scares me to think that there are so many sheeple who are so easily manipulated by mock media and charming bureaucrats. It scares me that these same ignorant fools will be the ones that the American government will manipulate to turn against us, The Revolutionist (saviors of democracy). Our country lacks people of principle, intelligence, and bravery. This fact lead me in to somewhat of a quandary. Should we, people of the revolution, attempt to use our own sheep herding methods in order to take some sheeple away from the American Fascist Elite? The only way The Revolution could gain support from a true mathematical majority of American people would be by using the same borderline propaganda tools used by Fascist American Imperialist. What should be done with the Fascist American Imperialist’s psychologically produced android-sheep?

    Despite these problems, hope for revolutionary success is strong even though we are clouded by corrupt media disinformation. I have learned that our government’s mind control techniques are susceptible to people with higher astuteness. So, that opens up an opportunity for rouge coalitions, who are well trained in the lost arts of intelligence and commonsense, to devise ways to recruit and unite to strengthen the pro-liberty insurgency here in the Fascist American Imperialist Empire. Statistics show that we must win our Revolution with smaller numbers then we hoped for. There is some good news though; the overwhelming majorities that may disagree with our righteous Revolution are the brainwashed sheep. The evil American propagandists, such as the wickedly brilliant Karl Rove, create false realities and counterfeit majorities by targeting America’s abundance of easily influenced citizens. If these pseudo-educated lemmings can not use their intellect and intuition to see through the deception then FUCK THEM. Easily targeted people such as them are meaningless for The Revolution and can not defend the Fascist Imperial American Empire. These fools are so preoccupied with their daily routine that they have basically become zombies. Despite their numbers they are no threat to the revolution regardless of their government manufactured “beliefs”. When it comes down to it these programmed flocks of fascist supporters do not have the personal courage to be legitimate factors in a revolution. So ignore “polls”, majority in America can not be trusted even with the most advanced and ethical experimental methods, because during revolution—WE DON’T COUNT THE FUCKING SHEEP!

    The Fascist American Imperial Empire has attempted to pass laws in order to pressure further control over the herds. These new “laws” are empty and laughable gestures. We the people must ignore their legitimacy and provoke usage of these false regulations. Even though these barbaric attempts at taking away each individual’s privacy has not met nearly as much scrutiny as it would have 10 years ago; the real horror was unconfined the day the first law was passed scarifying our liberty and privacy for security. There is a deep and sinister agenda in that lifestyle exchange. Any human of decent intellect knows that our privacy is one of The United States’ most precious rights (not privilege). The brave and righteous of this county must not let our privacy expire away into a forgotten memory. This is one cause that we must be exceptionally unwavering from. When we give up our privacy we will let the flood doors open and welcome in true evil. Fascism will no longer have to fake smiles and drape itself with the American flag. The Fascist American Elite will no longer have to perpetrate the image of democracy and freedom, because their victory will be secured. The economic elitist will party for days and days, while toasting to their politician puppets. It will be too late for democracy and all late efforts to save our county will be futile.

    The Revolution must begin now! We must fear nothing, because fear is Fascism’s greatest tool. It is us who must now decide how we want thing to be done in our country. Our efforts must not be weakened by fear of legal consequences. We must provoke action to be taken against us; that is how the Revolution can create a public stage through the use of media attention. Let their growing control over us be used against them. It is our duty to act any way we choose fit, so if we want to keep our privacy then flood “Big Brother” with overloads of misinformation and overwhelm them with confusion. The only our privacy can be taken is if we fear consequences of what we do while being watched. However, civil disobedience is not the only shape the revolution must take; it is essential that we unite through inspiration. Revolution can be successful in smaller numbers when people are truly committed to each other.

    It is also essential that we must not fear terrorism. Terrorism has always existed in the world, but it has only been since the events of 9/11 that we have made it such a large part of our lives. Fighting terrorism through war is pointless; we can not kill every lunatic that uses mass murder to fight for what they believe. The American Fascist Alliance is simply creating more and more people who will disagree with American politics with more radical means. We can not hate on those who use violence against America as a public display of disobedience, because one day violence may be the only thing the American people can do to save its democracy. We, the people of the revolution, must open communications with these radical combatants of American politics to gain better understanding of each other.

    We must gain a better understanding of the people behind ‘terrorist’ acts of violence and learn how they can be used to our benefit. Bin Laden simply had an extremely poor method of retaliation in fighting unethical American politics. His foolish attack only hurt his cause’s credibility and helped the fascist American elite cloud the people into believing a false reality. Terrorist are poorly educated freedom fighters that use methods which inevitably backfire. Terrorism is now used as a term that the fascist American elite are twisting in order to broaden its usage in defining all forms of disobedience to their rule. We must not go to these Eastern countries to kill, but instead we must reach out to them and remind them they have allies in America who are fighting the American government too. Our fascist American government is essentially speaking for our entire country without our interest at heart. The revolution shares many goals with the Middle Eastern people who oppose our government. In fact, most of the entire world supports our fight; it is only here in our country which is blindly on the side of fascism.

    And that is the key, isn’t it? Our revolution is not only essential in saving the American democracy; rather it is vital in saving the entire world. The term “terrorist” may soon very well be used to label American people who fight for liberty, but we must not let meaningless labels deter our methods or goals. Let them wear out the term with over usage. Let’s give them what they want, “We are terrorist!” However, we will terrify the fascist elite with intelligence, unity, and civil disobedience rather then explosives and hate. If the “terrorist”, who our country is in war with now, learns that they have allies here in America then that is the best way to create safety from terrorist attacks. We can secure a safety that our lying imperialist government fails to achieve with their war-mongering. We should also seek to open discussions between the mid-eastern “terrorist” in order to share ideas freely and teach them more successful forms of disobedience. The Revolution can not only seek to create a united majority here in American, but it must also think globally and learn how we can unify with the rest of the world. Majority support for the revolution is already overwhelming throughout the world. We can seek foreign media to help give legs to the revolution. Media of the countries that we bully may salivate over helping the American revolutionist.

    The time is now. Each and everyone one of us in this country who seek to save liberty and democracy must start fighting. It is not enough that we complain and talk about revolution; it is time for action. Our action is meant to provoke consequences. Fear nothing and only let your actions be regulated by morality. The Revolution has begun, prepare for war.

    -Jay Mick
    email: xronartestx@aim.com

    Comment by Jay Mick — February 25, 2007 @ 3:33 am


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