imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
latest news
best of news




A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List


IMC Network:

Original Cities africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles


by Anonymous Friday, Feb. 14, 2003 at 7:53 AM

This is the text from an San Francisco Bay Area anarchist anti-war flyer.


Over and over again we hear on television and radio, in newspapers and magazines the cry that SADDAM MUST BE DISARMED! He is a crazed dictator who has used chemical weapons against Iran and the Kurds and is developing more dangerous WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. The debate then goes back and forth as to whether the U.S. should bomb the hell out of Iraq or whether time should be given to let the United Nations weapons inspectors do the job.

This is a false debate.

On the one side, a faction of rich politicians with ties to the oil companies and the weapons industry want a war. They repeat over and over again how Saddam has used CHEMICAL WEAPONS AGAINST HIS OWN PEOPLE, and how he is building nuclear weapons that will inevitably fall into the hands of AL-QAIDA. Of course they don’t mention that the US government built up Saddam as a military power in the region, giving him much of the equipment he needed to manufacture nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. The US government continued to do this even while Saddam was using the weapons against Iran and against the Kurds. All these petro-connected politicians really care about is keeping control of the oil in the middle-east, getting more Pentagon contracts for their pet weapons corporations, and sending another terrorizing message to people across the world: DON’T MESS WITH THE U.S. GOVERNMENT.

The other side of the debate represents other factions of rich people. There are those, like the French, German and Russian governments, who fear that their investments will be hurt by a war in Iraq, and that their influence on international affairs will be diminished if the US decides to GO IT ALONE WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL. There are those who think that THE SANCTIONS NEED TO BE GIVEN TIME TO WORK, not mentioning that, to date, the sanctions have led to the deaths of over a million Iraqis, mainly children. Then there are the Bay Area liberals who stress that PEACE IS PATRIOTIC and that WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER. The question, of course, is still how best to disarm Saddam. All these responses are wholly inadequate. They represent a debate between rich people about what is best for rich people.

The claim of the US government that they support the Iraqi people against Saddam is blatantly false. The US government supported Saddam against his people for years when it was in their interests. After expelling Iraqi troops from Kuwait in 1991, US forces stood back and let Iraqi ground troops crush a rebellion in southern Iraq against Saddam’s regime. Most importantly, when a new government is put in place in Iraq after a REGIME CHANGE, it will be made up of the same class of people who rule today in Iraq (indeed who make up all governments): businessmen, bureaucrats, politicians and generals.

For poor and working people in the Bay Area, the threat is not from ANTHRAX or NUCLEAR TERRORISM. Our immediate enemies are not SADDAM or NORTH KOREA. We are threatened by the police and imprisonment, by la migra, detention and deportation. Our enemies are our bosses and landlords, and the slimy politicians who represent them. Our lives are a struggle to survive made up of shit jobs and unemployment, of insane rents and homelessness. For us, capitalism does not just cause wars, it is war—every day of our lives.

The question is not whether or not to go to war. We are already at war. The question is whether or not to fight back.

Of course we fight back all the time. We steal from our shit jobs, leave early, cover for each other and sometimes even use strike or sabotage tactics to put pressure on the boss. We refuse to pay rent to our cheating landlords or to vote for our greedy politicians. We hide our friends from the immigration authorities or protect them by lying to the law. When the police attack our parties after the superbowl we respond by trashing their cars and driving them away with volleys of rocks and bottles. Sometimes we even organize ourselves for armed self-defense against the cops. Sometimes thousands of us in different workplaces go on strike at once. Sometimes whole neighborhoods refuse to pay the rent or whole regions refuse to recognize the government.

It is at these moments of intense struggle that we see the lines being drawn very clearly. We are getting out of control, and they need to keep us under control. The police, the bosses, the rich liberals, the media—they all side with government and it’s attempts to impose LAW AND ORDER. They spend a tremendous amount of energy trying to do that. The police attack us outright. The politicians and media try to distort the situation. The rich liberals try to convince us to accept a more democratic or greener life of exploitation under their leadership. In these periods of intense struggle we also see the seeds of the kind of world we want. A world without governments, without politicians and police, without bureaucrats and borders. We want a world where we control our own work and resources collectively and equally. This is exactly the kind of world that rich people don’t want. The bosses, investors, management, landlords and politicians need the police to protect their property from us, to keep us in line, to keep us working and consuming. They will do everything in their power to stop us from achieving a world without private property and without government, to keep us working for them. So it is a struggle between us, class war.

By escalating the class war here at home, by self-organization and by militant actions against the institutions of the rich, we hope to bring about a situation in which the government simply cannot fight wars abroad, because they will be spending all their time and energy trying to keep us under control here at home. This is the only firm basis we see from which to oppose the war, and the only position which does not see the role of the anti-war movement as trying to show how mass-murder is bad for investment. It is not.

We will not be the conscience of capitalism.

We are the living force that will destroy it.

Report this post as:

Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 3 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
So Stealing Jay Lowe Friday, Feb. 14, 2003 at 6:35 PM
OneEyedMan KPC Friday, Feb. 14, 2003 at 7:23 PM
"The great strength... peacearchist Friday, Feb. 14, 2003 at 7:53 PM

Local News

Change Links September 2018 posted S02 10:22PM

More Scandals Rock Southern California Nuke Plant San Onofre A30 11:09PM

Site Outage Friday A30 3:49PM

Change Links August 2018 A14 1:56AM

Setback for Developer of SC Farm Land A12 11:09PM

More problems at Shutdown San Onofre Nuke J29 10:40PM

Change Links 2018 July posted J09 8:27PM

More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena J02 7:16PM

"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena J02 7:08PM

Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles J30 11:26PM

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J11 6:58AM

Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California M31 5:20AM

Change Links June 2018 posted M28 7:41AM

The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years M22 8:01PM

Unity Archive Project M21 9:42AM

Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi M17 10:22PM

CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police M10 9:08PM

Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies M10 8:57PM

California police agencies violate Brown Act (open meetings) M02 8:31PM

Insane Company Wants To Send Nuke Plant Waste To New Mexico A29 11:47PM

Change Links May 2018 A27 8:40AM

Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed A27 5:37AM


lausd whistle blower A11 6:58AM

Website Upgrade A10 10:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 8:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 6:58PM

Change Links April 2018 A01 6:27PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Abolir l'économie S18 11:18AM

The Dictatorship of Corporations S17 5:26PM

18 Lethal Consequences Of Hunting S17 3:13PM

Paraphysique de l'outplacement déontologue S15 6:51AM

Creative Destruction Hack Mod Generator S15 3:49AM

Shopping du bashing S14 8:42AM

After Lehman Brothers, Experts Say Global Financial Crisis Can Happen Again S13 8:28PM

“Animaniacs in Concert!” Starring Voice Legend Rob Paulsen S12 9:30PM

Probabilités de fin d'humanité S12 6:49AM

Florida Area of Migrant Farmworkers Denied Right to Construct Health Clinic near NaplesCIW S11 2:57AM

Propagande de virus, virus de propagande S10 7:34AM

Steer clear of work morality! S09 12:10PM

Sweatshop Lodge Ceremony Continues in US Fed Prisons Led by Inmates S08 6:17PM

Paraphysique de l'origami S08 7:11AM

The Shortwave Report 09/07/18 Listen Globally! S06 11:23PM

August 2018 Honduras Coup update S06 12:28PM

Du réussissement putréfié S06 10:55AM

Brett Kavanaugh Filled The 5th Circuit With Execution Judges S06 6:14AM

Log S06 4:25AM

Augusta Georgia Woman Gets 5 Year Prison Sentence for Writing About Russians Crime Acts S05 8:29AM

Paraphysique de contextualité S05 8:29AM

Crisis Regulation in Global Capitalism S03 3:39PM

Ex-voto de réification S03 10:24AM

Please Oppose Warmonger, Execution and Torture Supporting Bush Operative Brett Kavanaugh A31 10:45PM

Paraphysique d'exploitation occultation A31 10:24PM

Ryan Zinke Is Charging Taxpayers For A Trophy Hunters' Council A31 2:10PM

Is the Financial Crash 2.0 Coming? A31 10:07AM

The Shortwave Report 08/31/18 Listen Globally! A30 11:44PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy