TODAY, WE ARE ALL IRAQIS!
Despite the obvious stupidity of war, the largest anti-war demonstrations in U.S. history, the largest global anti-war demonstrations in history, and the probable opposition of the U.N. Security Council, the Bush Administration continues to drive toward its invasion of Iraq, designed to reconsolidate U.S. control of the Middle East, world oil supplies, and its global hegemony. The “shock and awe” strategy is being designed to instill terror in more than the Iraqi elite and people. It’s designed for all of us.
An international contingent of people from various nationalities have come to Iraq to form “human shields” there to prevent the United States and U.K. from bombing and attacking Iraq and to prevent these oil-obsessed hegemons from inflicting any more harm on Iraqi children, women and people. For today, the people of the world identify with the plight and suffering of the people of Iraq who have been deprived of food by the U.S.-led economic embargo since the 1990s, bombed out of their wits for the past 12 years and now , targeted in the preparations for war by the United States. This plea by humanity, as manifested by the tens of millions who rallied for the Iraqi people against war in more than 61 countries last February 14-15, 2003 is unprecedented in the history of anti-war movements.
For this time, even BEFORE war has begun, hundreds of thousands, even millions of people in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia are already rallying and marching against the war for the sake of world peace. Today, we are all Iraqis, just as ‘we were all Americans’ in sympathy especially with the civilian victims of September 11.
Needless to say, we are also angered by the return of U.S. fighting forces to the Philippines, especially in Sulu and other parts of Mindanao. We do not want more Muslims and Tausug people including women and children of Sulu to be killed just as thousands were butchered by conquering American forces between 1903-1913, as in Bud Dajo. In the same instance, we do not wish American troops to be killed and buried there as an outcome of their government’s foolhardy intervention. We are, of course, working to oppose the deployment of these troops and wish that the Philippine peace movement will garner more strength and success in forcing their withdrawal and creating true security and lasting peace for our nation.
Today, WE ARE ALL IRAQIS. WE ARE HUMANITY.
* Article by Roland G Simbulan – For a full professional background of Professor Roland G. Simbulan (Click Here)