A.N.S.W.E.R.’s response to Bush:
Hit the Streets September 24!
Recognizing that the people of the United States have turned dramatically against the war and occupation of Iraq, Bush went on national television on June 28th to try and defend his imperial foreign policy. He repeatedly invoked September 11th as a pretext for his criminal and illegal war against Iraq. Bush took to the airwaves because the antiwar movement is growing in strength. This movement poses a major political obstacle to the continuation of the war and occupation. Now Bush has taken on the additional role of Recruiter-in-Chief, urging young people to sign up for military service to replenish the dwindling ranks of the newly enlisted.
Mr. Bush’s speech was before a military audience and came twenty-five months after he used a military audience as a photo-opportunity. At that time, May 1, 2003, Bush landed aboard the USS aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln to announce, under the boldly painted banner, “Mission Accomplished,” that major combat operations had ended in Iraq. Now with the blood of 100,000 dead Iraqis and more than 1,700 U.S. soldiers on his hands, and a population that no longer believes his recycled rationales, Bush is compelled to justify the ongoing military conflict and occupation in Iraq. With the old pretexts – that is, the old lies – so completely exposed, Bush tonight resorted to the constant referencing of September 11th.
The A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism), which has organized the largest mass antiwar demonstrations in Washington DC during the last four years, was formed on September 14, 2001. A.N.S.W.E.R. represented the convergence of those organizations and individuals around the country (numbering in the tens of thousands) who immediately took to the streets to expose Bush’s manipulation of September 11 and oppose the slogan of “war on terrorism.”
On September 24 in Washington DC there will be a mass mobilization at the White House. There will be coordinated actions at the same time in San Francisco and Los Angeles. This demonstration, initiated by the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition and now joined by thousands across the country, is coming together at the critical moment for our movement. Waiting for the politicians is a dead end. The people must act and deepen the popular antiwar sentiment until it becomes the most potent force in the current political equation.
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