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Old 09-13-2003, 05:35 PM   #1
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"September 11’s Legacy: War as Franchise"

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September 11’s Legacy: War as Franchise

by Naomi Klein > August 26 2003

The Marriot Hotel in Jakarta was still burning when Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Indonesia’s coordinating minister for political and security affairs, explained the implications of the day’s attack.

“Those who criticize about human rights being breached must understand that all the bombing victims are more important than any human rights issue.”

In a sentence, we got the best summary yet of the philosophy underlying Bush’s so-called “war on terror.” Terrorism doesn’t just blow up buildings; it blasts every other issue off the political map. The spectre of terrorism, real and exaggerated, has become a shield of impunity, protecting governments around the world from scrutiny for their human rights abuses.

Many have argued that the war on terror is the United States government’s thinly veiled excuse for constructing a classic Empire, in the model of Rome or Britain. Two years into the crusade, it’s clear that this is a mistake: the Bush gang doesn’t have the stick-to-it-ness to successfully occupy one country, let alone a dozen.

Bush and the gang do, however, have the hustle of good marketers, and they know how to contract-out. What Bush has created in the WoT™ is less a “doctrine” for world domination than an easy to assemble tool kit for any mini-empire looking to get rid of the opposition and expand its power.

The war on terror was never a war in the traditional sense, lacking a clear target or a fixed location. It is, instead, a kind of brand an idea that can be easily franchised by any government in the market for an all purpose opposition cleanser.

We already know that the WoT™ works on domestic groups that use terrorist tactics like Hamas or the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC). But that’s only its most basic application. WoT™ can be used on any liberation or opposition movement. It can also be applied liberally on unwanted immigrants, pesky human rights activists and even on hard to get out investigative journalists.

It was Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon who was the first to adopt Bush’s franchise, parroting the White House’s pledges to “pull up these wild plants by the root, smash their infrastructure” as he sent bulldozers into the occupied territories to uproot olive trees and tanks to raze civilian homes. Soon enough, Sharon’s “infrastructure of terror” included human rights observers who were bearing witness to the attacks, as well as aid workers and journalists.

Another franchise soon opened in Spain with Prime Minister José María Aznar extending his WoT ™ from the Basque guerrilla group ETA to the Basque separatist movement as a whole, the vast majority of which is entirely peaceful. Aznar has resisted calls to negotiate with the Basque Autonomous Government and banned the political party Batasuna (even though, as the New York Times noted in June “no direct link has been established between Batasuna and terrorist acts”). He has also shut down Basque human rights groups, magazines, and the only entirely Basque language newspaper. Last February the Spanish police raided the Association of Basque Middle Schools, accusing it of having terrorist ties.
This appears to be the true message of Bush’s war franchise: why negotiate with your political opponents when you can annihilate them? In the era of WoT™, little concerns like war crimes and human rights just don’t register.

Among those who have taken careful note of the new rules is Georgia’s President Eduard Shevardnadze. Last October, while extraditing five Chechens to Russia (without due process) for its WoT™, he stated that “International human-rights commitments might become pale in comparison with the importance of the anti-terrorist campaign.”

Indonesia’s President Megawati Sukarnoputri got the same memo. She came to power pledging to clean up Indonesia’s notoriously corrupt and brutal military and bring peace to the fractious country. Instead she has called off talks with the Free Aceh Movement, and in May, invaded the oil rich province in the country’s largest military offensive since the 1975 invasion of East Timor. The Indonesian human rights organization TAPOL describes the situation in Aceh as “a living hell, a daily round up of trauma and extreme fear, of sweeping villages, of the seizure of people at random and, hours later, their bodies left lying by the roadside.”

Why did the Indonesian government think it could get away with the invasion after the international outrage that forced it out of East Timor? Easy: Post September 11, the government cast Aceh’s movement for national liberation as “terrorist” which means human rights concerns no longer apply. Rizal Mallarangeng, a senior advisor to Megawati, called it the “blessing of September 11.”

Philippines president Gloria Arroyo appears to feel similarly blessed. Quick to cast her battle against Islamic separatists in the southern Moro region as part of WoT™, Arroyo — like Sharon, Aznar and Megawati — abandoned peace negotiations and waged brutal civil war instead, displacing 90,000 people last year.

But she didn’t stop there. Last August, speaking to soldiers at a military academy, Arroyo extended the war beyond terrorists and armed separatists to include “those who terrorize factories that provide jobs”, clear code for trade unions. Labour groups in Philippine free trade zones report that union organizers are facing increased threats and strikes are being broken up with extreme police violence.

In Colombia, the government’s war against leftist guerrillas has long been used as cover to murder anyone with leftist ties, whether union activists or indigenous farmers. But even in Colombia, things have gotten worse since President Alvaro Uribe took office in August 2002 on a WoT™ platform. Last year, 150 union activists were murdered. Like Sharon, Uribe quickly moved to get rid of the witnesses, expelling foreign observers and playing down the importance of human rights. Only after “terrorist networks are dismantled... will we see full compliance with human rights,” Uribe said in March.

Sometimes WoT™ is not an excuse to wage war, but to keep one going. Mexican president Vincente Fox came to power in 2000 pledging to settle the Zapatista conflict “in 15 minutes” and to tackle rampant human rights abuses committed by the military and police. Now, post-September 11, Fox has abandoned both projects. The Mexican government has made no moves to reinitiate the Zapatista peace process and last week, Fox closed down the high-profile office of the Under-Secretary of Human Rights.

This is the era ushered in by September 11: war and repression unleashed, not by a single Empire, but by a global franchise of them. In Indonesia, Israel, Spain, Colombia, The Philippines and China, governments have latched on to Bush’s deadly WoT™ and are using it to erase their opponents and tighten their grip on power.

Last week, another war was in the news. In Argentina, the senate voted to repeal two laws that granted immunity to the sadistic criminals of the 1976-1983 dictatorship. At the time, the generals called their campaign of extermination a “war on terror,” using a series of kidnappings and violent attacks by leftist groups as an excuse to seize power.

But the vast majority of the 30,000 people who were “disappeared” during the dictatorship weren’t terrorists, they were union leaders, artists, teachers, psychiatrists. As with all wars on terror, terrorism wasn’t the target — it was the excuse to wage the real war on people who dared to dissent.
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OK....I will elaborate for NB....

Naomi Klein =
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Naomi Klein =
I find this funny.

Naomi Klein is a highly respected writer and human rights advocate.
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I find this funny.

Naomi Klein is a highly respected writer and human rights advocate.


I think 95% of the time Naomi Klein is right on the money.
But agree with her or not, she's certainly no Moore or O'Reilly taking cheap political shots mainly just for attention. She certainly does her research, travels to most of the places she writes about, obviously knows a hell of alot about the topic, and if you have read her books, makes a very very strong argument.

Point is, whether you or her opinions, I think she's certainly not .
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I think 95% of the time Naomi Klein is right on the money.
But agree with her or not, she's certainly no Moore or O'Reilly taking cheap political shots mainly just for attention. She certainly does her research, travels to most of the places she writes about, obviously knows a hell of alot about the topic, and if you have read her books, makes a very very strong argument.

Point is, whether you or her opinions, I think she's certainly not .
You're definitely right Mr. Durden. I have only read No Logo and check out the website. I live in Barcelona and coming by her books in english here is not that easy.

PS- Like your name. Do you recommend the book? I saw the film which I loved.
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I find this funny.

Naomi Klein is a highly respected writer and human rights advocate.
I find that funny!!!
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OK...

Ms. Klein wrote an article that I considered to be another piece of junk months ago. In this particular article she smears Jessica Lynch and praises Rachel Corrie. Without getting into that debate all over again....I have zero repect for her and her opinions.

Others may find her to be a wonderful human rights activist and a respected author. I happen to think this is not the case.

You may not think I have read enough of her materials to make this decision....but I assure you....I have.

And that is why I find it funny....
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OK...

Ms. Klein wrote an article that I considered to be another piece of junk months ago. In this particular article she smears Jessica Lynch and praises Rachel Corrie. Without getting into that debate all over again....I have zero repect for her and her opinions.

Others may find her to be a wonderful human rights activist and a respected author. I happen to think this is not the case.

You may not think I have read enough of her materials to make this decision....but I assure you....I have.

And that is why I find it funny....
No Dreadsox, I didn't assume you hadn't read enough. I was just looking for more than a smilie as an explanation.

I have read that article too. I think the point of the articile was the arbitrary way people are portrayed by the Bush administration and the media. And once again about the supression of voices of dissent. Klein merely points out the differences between the two girls. in no way does she say that Lynch is not a hero. She is only agruing that view of both girls is heavily distorted.

I don't think anyone can argue that Rachel Corrie doesn't deserve praise.

Look, I know you have no interest in talking about this anymore. Thats cool, no bother.

It looks like I arrived a little too late here at Interefence for some things.
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I don't think anyone can argue that Rachel Corrie doesn't deserve praise.

Look, I know you have no interest in talking about this anymore. Thats cool, no bother.

It looks like I arrived a little too late here at Interefence for some things.
I believe I did argue that she did not deserve praise somewhere in here. Unfortunately I found some bogus info on the web, which did not help my case.

Welcome to interference. You are making me think, which hurts...lol

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Welcome to interference. You are making me think, which hurts...lol

Thanks!

Same here.
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It never fails to amuse me how when a piece of left-wing criticism of the Bush administration is posted, the conservatives run out with their and and "she's nuts" commentary. It's quite an effective way of dodging an honest political debate, of course, and certainly far easier than actually discussing the good and bad points of the article posted.
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It never fails to amuse me how when a piece of left-wing criticism of the Bush administration is posted, the conservatives run out with their and and "she's nuts" commentary. It's quite an effective way of dodging an honest political debate, of course, and certainly far easier than actually discussing the good and bad points of the article posted.
I am sorry Fizzing, but, her article was EXTREMELY offensive to me(the one she wrote comparing Rachel Corrie to Jessica Lynch).

I must not be a decent enough person to get over it and move on.

Since the issue of personal behavior on this board has now been brought up I would like to point out that I do love how good the left wing communists( ) are on this board at making personal statements about other members on this board because they call us conservatives, and don't use our names. Of course since no names are used it is not a personal attack.

I will however say this.....The article attempts to place political oppression in the other countries on the US. I think it is EASY for the author and others to consistently day in and day out say because of the US actions since 9/11 other nations have been able to do what they want. I disagree. Other nations were, are, and will continue to oppress people as they have throughout time. Blaming the US for nothing new, is silliness especially when President Bush is not in charge of these other countries.

I know when one of my children misbehaves and says, but so and so did this, it does not excuse them for their OWN behavior. But, everyone can keep putting it all on the US and avoid looking in the mirror.

Sorry, people should be accountable for their actions.

Now...I am done with this thread...I wasted too much of my valuable time thinking about Miss Klein.

Hopefully, since and were not enough you are no longer bored.
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