Magazine article Monthly Review

Terrorism and the War Crisis

Magazine article Monthly Review

Terrorism and the War Crisis

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Whatever might be terrorism's deep origins, whatever the economic and political factors involved in it, and whoever might be most responsible for bringing it into the world, no one can deny that terrorism is today a dangerous and ethically indefensible phenomenon, which must be eradicated.

The unanimous anger caused by the human and psychological damage inflicted on the American people by the unexpected and shocking deaths of thousands of innocent people, whose images have shaken the world, is perfectly understandable. But who have been the beneficiaries? The extreme right, the most backward and right-wing forces, those in favor of crushing the growing world rebellion and sweeping away everything progressive that is still left on the planet. It was an enormous error, a huge injustice, and a great crime, whoever they are who organized or are responsible for this action.

However, the tragedy should not be used recklessly to start a war that could actually unleash an endless carnage of innocent people in the name of justice and under the peculiar and bizarre slogan of "Infinite Justice."

In the last few days we have seen the hasty establishment of the basis, the concept, the true purposes, the spirit, and the conditions for such a war. No one can affirm that it was not something thought out well in advance, something that was just waiting for its chance to materialize. Those who after the so--called end of the Cold War continued arming themselves to the teeth and developing the most sophisticated means to kill and exterminate human beings knew very well that the investment of enormous sums in military expenditures would give them the privilege of imposing a complete and total domination over the other peoples of the world. The ideologues of the imperialist system knew very well what they were doing and why they were doing it.

After the shock and sincere sorrow felt by all the peoples on Earth for the atrocious and insane terrorist attack that targeted the American people, the most extremist ideologues and the most belligerent hawks, already set in privileged power positions, have taken command of the most powerful country in the world, whose military and technological capabilities would seem infinite. Its capacity to destroy and kill is enormous; by contrast, its tendencies toward equanimity, serenity, thoughtfulness and restraint are minimal.

This combination of elements including the complicity and common privileges of other rich and powerful countries, along with the prevailing opportunism, confusion, and panic, make it almost impossible to avoid a bloody and unpredictable outcome.

The first victims of whatever military actions are undertaken will be the billions of people living in the poor and underdeveloped world, with their unbelievable economic and social problems: their unpayable debts, and the ruinous prices of their basic commodities; their growing natural and ecological catastrophes, their hunger and misery, the massive undernourishment of their children, teenagers and adults; their terrible AIDS epidemic, their malaria, their tuberculosis, and their infectious diseases that threaten whole nations with extermination.

The severe global economic crisis was already a real and undeniable fact affecting absolutely every one of the big economic power centers. Such a crisis will inevitably grow deeper under the new circumstances, and when it becomes unbearable for the overwhelming majority of the peoples, it will bring chaos, rebellion, and ungovernability all over the world.

The price will also be unpayable for the rich countries. For years to come it would be impossible to give proper attention to the environment and ecology--to speak about ideas and research done and tested, or about projects for the protection of Nature--because that space and possibility would be taken up by military actions, war, and crimes as infinite as "Infinite Justice," which is the name given to the war operation to be unleashed. …

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