Anti-terrorism, anti-communism

Anti-terrorism has replaced anti-communism, or the Cold War. That so-called war killed millions more worldwide than the declared conventional wars of the 20th century.

After World War I, a war for control of the world mineral resources, Germany became terrorized by its own social unrest, so it clamped down on its socialists and working class, becoming a fascist state.

However, its capitalist leaders felt threatened by the fledgling nation to the east, the USSR. It had to be defeated, for it would always be a threat to the German ruling class.

So after subduing France and Britain, Germany began a massive attack on the Russian nation.

After a bitter war of four years, Germany was again defeated, with millions of lives lost on both sides.

The United States, emerging as the other superpower from the war, could not tolerate the rivalry of the other emergent superpower, the USSR.

The Cold War was launched in 1947. Anti-communist campaigns were launched within the U.S. and abroad by undeclared wars in Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Central America, Africa and the Middle East.

The socialist nations of Europe were being worn down by economic sanctions, harassment, and propaganda. Finally, in 1989, the USSR collapsed.

The U.S. emerged as the sole super power. It quickly exerted its economic and military hegemony by its political program of globalization.

Controlling the mineral resources of the world, the U.S. becomes richer and richer at the expense of the poor underdeveloped countries, and by its corporate power, the American people within the U.S. suffer from the relentless stride for more corporate profits and cut of welfare programs.

Minerva MassenSan Mateo CA

Great statement

I read the center pages of the Jan. 26 paper with much interest. The Communist Party statement with respect to the Palestine/Israel situation was excellent.

I especially appreciated the way it brought the issue home by pointing out that we are paying for it – which not only deprives us of adequate health care, investment in job creation, infrastructure repair, etc., but also makes us indirectly responsible for the policies that are causing such death and destruction.

Thanks for stating the whole thing so clearly and succinctly.

Julia LutskyNew York NY

Disappointed

The photograph of rodeo bulls running through the streets of Philadelphia in your Jan. 26 issue is a disappointment to all of us who cherish the rights of animals. The PWW should consider exploited animals as being among the earth’s downtrodden.

Ron Harnervia e-mail

No to misinformation

The article on Danny Glover in your Jan. 19 issue was quite interesting, yet the inclusion of Milosevic with such names as Hitler and MacVeigh cannot be ignored.

This is done casually by people who accept the media’s message, or perhaps simply because they have seem the name included in another such list.

The corporate owned media has consistently praised East European countries for accepting IMF demands (called “reforms”) or for begging to join NATO.

Since Yugoslavia resisted “reforms” and showed no interest in joining NATO, it might have been suspected that Serbian leadership and people would be maligned.

Some dishonesties are more easily noted: despite being elected, Milosevic was consistently referred to as a “dictator.” Some require more study: such as the Rambouillet ultimatum, called “treaty” and described as “fair,” which actually demanded NATO be given free access to all of Yugoslavia.

One letter cannot begin to describe the misinformation that has become too frequently, carelessly believed. I can only suggest further reading on this subject, such as the recent book by Michael Parenti.

Barbara SkutschTucson AZ

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