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Movements for War and Peace

(Radical Press Editor's Note: Brian Bogart's article is a definite must read if you want to get your political/survival ducks lined up before you end up a sitting one yourself! In my "Dismantling the Infrastructure of Tyranny" article I tried to sketch a form that would convey my utter contempt for what the Bush Administration is proposing for the rest of the world's peace-loving people. I drew but a rough, skeletal outline, if that, of the mental-emotional outrage and the necessity for identifying the problem and commencing immediate action. Brian Bogart has put some flesh on the bone so to speak with his superlative analysis of the coming war storms pre-planned for humankind by these demoniac personages now controlling Washington, D.C. Brian's clear examination of the "paper trail" left by these psycho-maurauding corporate killers leaves an undeniable realization that what these bad actors have in store for the rest of us is a grimly dark and ominous future. This article is meant for the naked, truthful eye. It's ice cold water splashed on a sleepy countenance! Time to Wake Up America! Time to Act as One World!)

Brian Bogart writes:

Dear Friends,

We stand at a crossroads in the movement for world peace. This paper (revised) attempts to offer hope and a clear direction. As the world at large is more in tune with the Bush agenda than most Americans, it is incumbent upon us to educate our people, to let them know they stand to lose in many respects comfortable lives long enjoyed. Hope comes from knowing that the grand multitudes around the world are already up to speed and waiting for Americans to awaken. Hope comes from knowing that our opposition is comparatively small in numbers, and that their agenda intends to harm us all. Hope lies in the fact that the ones at the top left a paper trail longer than Mein Kampf and are arrogant to a fault.

We must act while we can.

To all who have been waiting, the JLM (John Lennon Memorial) Studio is now up and running and the first song, Heart of America, is nearly ready to distribute. It is perfect for rally performances, as will be subsequent songs in the works. We will inspire and encourage each other for as long as it takes, until the people of this Earth have (as graciously as possible) wrested control of our futures from those who would destroy it.

Pax universalis,
Brian Bogart
JLM Studio/Digital Peace

Movements for War and Peace
(How the Bush Doctrine invites history's largest peace movement)

Brian Bogart

Addressing a packed house at Oxford University in late February 2003, Bob Marshall-Andrews of the British House of Commons and a member of Tony Blairıs Labour Party, spoke with great urgency on the subject of the Bush Doctrine:

"And he surrounded himself by a group of men...and they were the architects of something that is called the Project for the New American Century, and if you havenıt read it, read it and you will find an unadulterated document set out to make the world in the American image. It was regarded as a document for cranks until George W. Bush was elected...and the terrible truth of 9-11 was that it gave it they could use those policies in the world using the alibi of terrorism as they did so."

As things were winding down in Baghdad, many Americans changed their minds about war in Iraq. Saddam was a bad man anyway, so why not a regime change?

If only they knew what I have learned. As a graduate student in peace studies, Iıve spent the last year investigating the post-September 11th actions of our leaders. What I found is shocking. Americaıs pre-emptive strike on Iraq merely consummated the most dangerous policy our world has ever seen, setting the stage for a century of war at everyoneıs expense. This was no response to 9-11. We could just as easily have planned a century of peace, but the men behind the Bush Doctrine own no stock in peace.

In the wake of September 11, 2001, without a vote put to the people, the Bush administration adopted a refined foreign policy built around the concept of pre-emptive military action and the threat of aggression. In October 2002, a National Security Strategy report appeared on the White House Web site. Now commonly called the Bush Doctrine, the report is a disturbing product of a recommendation for global dominance by force drafted by Paul Wolfowitz in 1992 and subsequently refined between 1997 and September 2000 into a blueprint for the future by the neoconservative think tank Project for the New American Century (PNAC).

Americans should know that for over 200 years, every president until George W. Bush‹-and most emphatically in the nuclear age‹-had scoffed at the notion of adopting a policy of spreading democracy by force. In fact, it was the false alarm of the forceful spread of communism that tragically rallied this nation to war in Vietnam in the 1960s.

Though the Wolfowitz plan was roundly rejected in 1992 as absurdly extreme by the first President Bush (and subsequently President Clinton), the latest war on Iraq was a key first step in that plan, and its overall objective remains as Wolfowitz drafted it: to secure Iraq as an American foothold from which to launch further regime changes in the region, part of a worldwide military operation designed to take decades.

Without clear and honest explanations to the American people, without pausing to consider that America now has the wealth to buy the worldıs freedom from war, poverty, and oppression, the Bush administration has decided our fate, cast its vote for twenty-first-century war, and determined that others‹-nations and individuals alike, even its own people‹-deserve not life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, but to serve or die for a wealthy few. In so doing, an administration that rode in on promises of a more humble foreign policy has demonstrated actions that defile the very laws of reason that this nationıs founders sought to engrave for the good of all and for all time.

Prior to the Bush presidency, as many as two dozen current major administration players including Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney and Richard Perle, were busy preparing or assisting with the refinement of the PNAC blueprint. All of them are now simply carrying out a military agenda they helped to create.

It is by all accounts an agenda that has been unfolding with clockwork precision for right-wing extremists who contemplated every move for over ten years. It is, in short, highly reminiscent of another well-planned power grab that took several years to initiate and was carried out with arrogance and near-clockwork precision‹-and which yielded disastrous results for its citizens and 55 million others by the end of World War Two.

On September 29, 2002, in the first report to surface in mainstream US media regarding the source of Bushıs foreign policy, Jay Bookman, editor for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, summarized the fundamental global shift represented by the Bush Doctrine: "This war, should it come, is intended to mark the official emergence of the United States as a full-fledged global empire, seizing sole responsibility and authority as planetary policeman."

Highly reminiscent of Manifest Destiny‹-the expansionist concept of American superiority that plagued this nation throughout the 19th century and beyond‹-the PNAC Web site boldly describes the policy of using American armed forces abroad as "the cavalry on the new American frontier."

Bookman also illustrated how the administration has carried out or is in the process of carrying out nearly every proposed item in the PNAC blueprint, including abandonment of the ABM Treaty, pursuit of a space-based missile defense system, an increase in military spending to 3.8% of the GDP (precisely the figure granted for 2003), and a plethora of other changes in various stages of approval.

To portray Iraq as an imminent threat in his attempt to rally Americans to war, Bush managed to alienate the CIA by presenting evidence which they had emphatically denounced as falsified.

The plan to invade Iraq‹-threat or no threat‹-was penned nearly a decade prior to September 11, 2001. The fear borne of that day was used as an opportunity by administration officials to jumpstart their agenda‹-a moment the PNAC blueprint of September 2000 longingly envisioned as "a new Pearl Harbor."

On ABCıs Nightline telecast of March 5, 2003, host Ted Koppel opened with these words about PNAC: "Tonight, the plan: How one group and its blueprint have brought us to the brink of war." All evidence indeed suggests we were tricked into this war, not knowing that attacking Iraq was a first strike for a century of conflict. The crux of the dilemma for Americans to ponder now is that a small circle of extreme right-wing officials has won permission to use our taxes and children militarily for the most unsavory and un-American reason: conquest.

In a Meet The Press interview televised on March 2, 2003, Richard Perle was asked about the development of the Bush administrationıs current policy toward Iraq. Perle had served as advisor to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 1996, advocating an immediate end to Middle East peace talks and the military reconquest of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Director of the American Enterprise Institute, head of the Pentagon advisory group Defense Policy Review Board, and co-author of Netanyahuıs hardline "Clean Break" policy, Perle gave this reply: "I donıt see what would be wrong with surrounding Israel with democracies; indeed, if the whole world were democratic, weıd live in a much safer international security system because democracies do not wage aggressive wars."

But tell the world democracies do not wage aggressive wars and listen to the response. Tell the people of Iraq. Tell Native Americans. Tell Filipinos, 600,000 of whom were slaughtered by US forces in 1898 for expansionist reasons; the crucial difference between then and now is that waging aggressive wars has become official US policy under George W. Bush.

In countless pre-war speeches, the spread of democracy was promoted as justification for attacking Iraq, with promises to rebuild. But one look at Afghanistan is enough to make anyone ponder such promises‹-Afghanistan has been restored as the top heroin-producing nation in the world while its schools and hospitals still languish without medicine, water, and power.

As Bush is quick to tell us, this war will be long and difficult; because he knows that it will not end with Iraq. The Bush Doctrine is a policy of sustained aggression. Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Libya, North Korea, even China are on the PNAC list of nations in need of regime change, and our military forces are being reconfigured across the globe accordingly. Strong warnings have been issued in recent days to Iran and Syria, advising them to bend to US demands or face grave consequences.

By imposing an extremist blueprint developed between 1992 and 2000, the relationship between America and the world has fundamentally changed and now threatens the future of human civilization. What was considered unthink able to presidents throughout American history has become official policy. The question is: Can we and this Earth tolerate another century of war and human carelessness?

In 1992 Paul Wolfowitz drafted a vision that requires aggression, a vision entirely out of step with noble American principles of tolerance, coexistence, and compassion. Instead of using our wealth, technology, and citizenry to create a peaceful world, the Bush Doctrine has committed these to war.. Such a vision is a disgraceful stain on America. Waging peace for a global century would be far wiser, cheaper, and more in keeping with the promise of our potential than waging war for an American century.

So when your social security disappears, when your veteranıs benefits are cut or your schools run out of books, when your loved ones need medicine or your children march off to war, remember that youıre paying for an extremistıs idea of an American century. Remember the words of PNAC chairman William Kristol when Ted Koppel alluded to Bushıs "axis of evil" speech that included Iran, taken verbatim from the PNAC script. He asked Kristol, "Should we assume that part of the larger vision is the removal either by force or otherwise of the current power structure in Iran?" Kristol replied: "I think that would be great. We will have to leave American troops in that region, I think, in Iraq for quite awhile. Itıs a good investment. This is an ambitious American foreign policy that the president has launched us on, requiring engagement and involvement in many parts of the world. I think itıs right for us and right for the world."

"Right for us and right for the world" is the Bush Doctrine reasserting the concepts of Manifest Destiny. With Bushıs Biblically-toned threat of "you are either with us or against us," the United States has adopted a policy that regards all other nations as subjects rather than equals. Under the Bush Doctrine, whether the people of other nations and America itself wish it or not, the world will be ruled at all costs by the United States of America.

It is notable that once-illegal corporate monopolies have resurfaced with government blessings, certainly a testament to the power of their campaign "contributions." It is also noteworthy that one of these corporations, which owns more than 1200 radio stations across the US, banned the music of John Lennon after September 11, 2001, just as books were burned during the 1930s in Nazi Germany. Message implied? Donıt imagine a better world, and donıt give peace a chance.

One form of globalization is constructive: the more we interact as common humans, the more tolerance and cooperation expand. Forged in a process of conscious evolution in partnership with the rest of the world, this natural flow could produce harmony and a shared identity. There would be much to be proud of, having saved a beautiful planet from the ravages of untamed human behavior. But the Bush Doctrine imposes a view of globalization that portends a different future, using national identities and military power to keep the world disunited. The Bush Doctrine begs us to imagine that weapons and wars are patriotic, and indeed is an attempt to keep us from imagining any other way of thinking.

Whatever pot of gold waits at the end of the PNAC rainbow, its authors do not make the investment Kristol speaks of. The Bush Doctrine requires a long and deadly journey over their rainbow, and thatıs where the American people come in‹-we pay in taxes, liberties, and lives while they sit safely in positions of power and question the patriotism of anyone who stops to ponder their vision of violence.

The gun and the dollar have replaced diplomatic dialogue and the power of the people as the controls that made America an international symbol of promise‹-and that must be reversed. The world needs our helping hand, not a
clenched fist. It needs us at our best, not our worst. Economists say that less than 20% of our annual military budget is enough to provide a comfortable lifestyle for every human on Earth. Therefore, each bomb we drop is a million dollars stolen from human progress, and a crime against everyoneıs sacred common ground: the future.

This militant America is not the America we grew up believing in, the one that honors all cultures. I do not know what causes some to think we have the right to remake the world in our image, particularly with our wealth of domestic crises. But fear is a powerful tool and no one knows it better than the men at the top. The trouble with their vision is that no one suffers more than those at the bottom. This is the kind of leadership that drove people to these shores in search of fairness and liberty. Now we will be driven to despair.

In this decisive moment, we have a choice, to examine whatıs being done at the highest level, fix whatıs wrong and change bad habits, or suffer a devastating century of war stamped Made in America.

Though the momentum for a peace movement has briefly slowed in the wake of the invasion of Baghdad, popular opinion worldwide‹-throughout the international community, in the United Nations, even in the CIA and other branches of our own government‹-recognizes the unprecedented nature of what the Bush administration has set out to do. The peace movement, the quest for hope, must take advantage of the global concern generated by the Bush Doctrine, and Americans must be made aware of its shady origins and evil intent. The paper trail is long and brash; the authors have not tried to cover up what has led to global fear and our disgrace.

A small group of men plundering the world cannot withstand a multitude of discontent. Adopting sensible policies and sharing resources and a vision of disarmament would be in their best interest, but they are unlikely to waver. While past presidents and intellectuals advised against carrying the tools of war into the future, the wisdom of our current leaders has taken us in the opposite direction.

One thing is obvious: For a truly triumphant century in the history of America, humankind must walk together into the future as a family, with tools to build...and without the weapons of war.

Brian Bogart marched with Dr. King in 1964 and participated in Carl Saganıs US/USSR Space Bridge project in 1986. He is director of the human rights organization IntelligentFuture and is currently pursuing a self-designed interdisciplinary graduate program at the University of Oregon.

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