Iraq-Iran Super Bowl:
By John Perkins
-- -- As our nation’s eyes focused on the Super Bowl
I kept thinking about who we are, what we stand for,
about the role violence plays as a tool of US foreign
policy. . .
Every poll shows that we the people strongly oppose any
further escalation in the Iraq war and that we do not
want to invade Iran. We are intelligent enough to
understand that threatening other people encourages
We know that the way to create a safe and sustainable
world is to alleviate the root causes of anger and
hatred: starvation, poverty, disease, environmental
degradation, and injustice. It is what we must do if we
want to protect ourselves and our progeny. It is the
right thing. It is the practical, pragmatic, and
rational approach to solving our most serious problems.
There are voices shouting that a dictator has taken over
our government. The Bush administration does indeed defy
the will of the people; yet we must not lull ourselves
into seeing the current crisis as “his” responsibility.
We - you and I - must take action. This is not a
football game where we are relegated to the sidelines.
Our politicians - Democrat and Republican alike - are
beholden to big money, to the corporations and those who
become rich enough from corporate ownership to sponsor
candidates. It is essential during this year that kicks
off the presidential election campaigns that we make
ourselves heard by those who control the purse strings -
the corporations - as well as by the politicians. The
polls do count, but our voices, our emails, phone calls,
marches, demonstrations, protests, and rallies count
more. The message we send every time we buy a bottle of
water, t-shirt, or loaf of bread is heard at all levels
of government and business.
Complacency is our biggest enemy - and the
corporatocracy's ally. All you had to do was watch the
ads during the Super Bowl to comprehend that those who
run our biggest businesses want us to feel like impotent
spectators. This is the year when we must show them
otherwise; we must stop complaining and instead commit
to acting according to our principles.
Please join with me. Become a member of Rainforest
Action Network, the Pachamama Alliance, Amnesty
International or other organizations that are forcing
corporations to become good citizens. Sign up with
www.moveon.org to support their e-mail and phone-in
campaigns. Subscribe to www.democracynow.org and other
media outlets that offer real journalism. Call your
Congress people. Buy as little as possible, make things
last, and when you must shop do so consciously.
If the “surge” becomes a reality, if more troops are
sent to Iraq, or if the White House launches an invasion
of Iran, do not hesitate. Don't be complacent. Take to
the streets. This is a time for courage - and actions
that reflect the feelings in our hearts – and the love
we hold for the Earth and future generations of all
Perkins, author of "Confessions
of an Economic Hit Man"
blows the lid of U.S. imperialism and provides the
reasons as to why we are at war in the Middle East
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