IAC Statement

Lou Paulsen wwchi at enteract.com
Wed Sep 12 00:13:01 MDT 2001

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From: Action Center <actioncenter at action-mail.org>
To: ActionCenter.actgen at action-mail.org
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Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2001 12:45 AM
Subject: [IAC] IAC Statement on Events of Sept. 11, 2001

>Statement from the International Action Center on Events of
>September 11, 2001
>This statement was written from New York City.
>Everyone here has been deeply affected by today's events.
>The International Action Center extends its most heartfelt
>sympathies and condolences to all those who have lost loved
>ones today as well as the thousands of workers who were in
>lower Manhattan today.
>While at this moment thousands of families are in mourning
>for the death and injuries of loved ones, the Bush
>administration is taking advantage of the tragic human toll
>to strengthen the forces of repression while intensifying
>the Pentagon's war drive, especially in the Middle East.
>Arab and Muslim peoples in the United States are reporting
>that they are facing racist harassment in their communities,
>on their jobs and at mosques. Anti-Arab racism is a poison
>that should be repudiated. We call on all people who oppose
>racism to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Arab-American
>community in the face of this reactionary frenzy.
>After the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City
>in 1995, the U.S. government and media were quick to
>speculate that Arab and Islamic organizations were
>responsible; but as everyone now knows, extreme right-wing
>Army veteran Timothy McVeigh was to blame.
>New War Danger
>The International Action Center urges all anti-war activists
>and progressive people to remain on the highest alert in
>opposing the Bush administration and the Pentagon's plans to
>use this crisis as the springboard for a new round of
>aggression in the Third World, especially against the people
>of the Middle East.
>In August 1998, the Pentagon delivered murderous cruise
>missile air strikes against a pharmaceutical plant in Sudan
>without any evidence, supposedly in retaliation for the
>bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Kenya. The cruise missiles
>destroyed the Al Shifa Pharmaceutical factory that provided
>most of Sudan's medicines. Thousands of African people
>perished as a direct result of the Pentagon's bombing.
>President Ronald Reagan ordered the invasion of Grenada in
>the Caribbean shortly after a truck bomb exploded at a U.S.
>Marine Corps base in Lebanon in 1983. Under Bush senior,
>over 2,000 Panamanians were killed in the middle of the
>night on Christmas Eve in 1989 under the pretext of the war
>on drugs.
>In 1986, after pointing a finger at Syria, Iran and several
>Palestinian organizations for an explosion at a discothèque
>in Germany, U.S. aircraft bombed Tripoli and Bengazi in
>Libya. Hundreds of civilians, including children, died in
>their sleep as the U.S. Air Force carried out this nighttime
>sneak attack.
>We ask activists and the people of this country to be ready
>to protest new Pentagon aggression in the coming period.
>The Bush administration will use this current crisis as a
>means to justify a further expansion of the Pentagon's war
>budget at the expense of money for housing, education,
>health care, jobs and other human needs.
>Danger of More State Repression
>Throughout the country, the military, FBI and local police
>authorities are now sealing off large urban areas,
>blockading bridges, tunnels and roads, and mobilizing a
>massive presence of police and the National Guard. All this
>reveals an advanced stage of planning for domestic
>repression that can be used against the progressive and
>labor movements, and the Black, Latino, Asian, Arab and
>other oppressed communities.
>All the more reason to resist the current efforts to
>strengthen police measures under cover of the present
>Build Solidarity
>The people of New York City and the country cannot allow the
>Bush administration and the Pentagon to play on their
>genuine feelings of shock and disbelief to stir reaction and
>strengthen the forces of repression. This will not help the
>working and oppressed people of this or any country.
>The only way to respond to today's events is to extend
>solidarity to the families and friends of those who perished
>or who were injured at the World Trade Center and the
>Pentagon; build global solidarity with people around the
>world struggling against war, poverty and exploitation; and
>deepen the movement to protest new Pentagon aggression.

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