Recognizing oils threat
Since the oil derived from Iraq will be seen as not liberating anybody, and will not make a significant dent in the ominous downward curve of global petroleum extraction, and DU is "somebody elses problem," we need another reason to wake up and smell the oil: Climate destabilization.
The U.S. government and its major industrial constituents have blocked the Kyoto Protocol on climate change. The reason was not because of scientific uncertaintythat red herring was laid to rest by this Bushs own EPAbut rather for reason of maximizing short term profit. The materialist insecurity of needing to get richer and richer, and have convenient toys such as fancy cars and walled compounds for homes guarded by "armed response," has stolen our future and consigned countless species to extinction. This isnt to be laid only at this George Bushs feet, because the Kyoto Protocol was basically blocked by Clinton/Gore at The Hague in November 2000.
Since I am not well funded by the establishment, especially foundations doling out grants dependent on stock market returns-on-investment, I will go further than suggesting that we just need to understand the problem and try to educate the public and policy makers. The problem is not a matter of our failing to get the information out, or not reaching out to family, friends and officials to try to make sense of the out-of-control nightmare of U.S. culture. Yes, there is much to learn and keep in mind. But the problem is in not going beyond that. What should be done now?
Tactics and Strategy to Bring the War
A host of actions can be taken in the context of fostering awareness of the oil-related state of global resource war (GRW). People need to see that tomorrows global climate has been traded for some Iraqi oil designed to perpetuate the global corporate economy. One tactic goes across the Atlantic to hit home in the U.S:
Climate of fear
Here is why sea level rise of a few feet by the end of the century, for example, means so much:
It is tempting to declare a personal war on the fools stupidly destroying our world. Clearly, many actions and strategies are justified. I asked a well known Veteran for Peace, Bill Thompson, what he felt like after hearing govt whistle-blower Dr. Leuren Morets speech on depleted uranium in Arcatas Old Community Center. He agreed it is hard to now get any madder at this government. Instead of Destroy what destroys you, which sounds too much like combat (of which he has had enough) we must rely on the publics awakening. I told Bill somewhat bitterly that people are not getting informed, such as on the reality of DU after Gulf War One twelve years ago. But as he went through the co-op checkout line, he offered a glimmer of hope: "Agent Orange took more than 30 years to become understood, and weve cut that down to ten years regarding DU." And, unlike the long Vietnam War educational process, Gulf War II was immediately exposed (and widely so) as based on fraud and manipulation.
All manner of resistance against the mass destroyers of life is appropriate, if it is effective and compassionate. All manner of resistance against the police-state encroachment of our freedoms and human rights is also justified and necessary. That is, unless you maintain that our domesticated breed of modern humans today are the only valid version of homo sapiens. It would be a mistake to contemplate or use violence or terror, even if no one is physically hurt, because it only begets much worse violence.
In Arcata, in the Humboldt Redwood Nationfamous for resisting the Patriot Act and declaring the city a war-resisters sanctuary during Gulf War Ione is actually not allowed to sit on the sidewalk or have a reasonably merry party at ones home without the wrath of the law coming instantly to terminate such disorder. These measures sound oddly repressive, but, consider that a multinational timber corporation that dominates Humboldt County is permitted to call nonviolent protesters "terrorists" and its supporters are trying to recall the District Attorney who is suing the corporation for fraud.
Whether we are thinking or acting globally or locally, we would do well to elevate the struggle. Frogs in a heating pail should start hopping out instead of letting the water boil. Time to get creative and jump off the money-go-round in order to appreciate and honor Life. Although social movements may be eclipsed by oils imminent devastating, historic depletion, and climate destabilization has begun, we have to be free NOW so that we can usher in a sustainable world with lifes diversity. "Gotta be free now," sang The Kinks in 1970. To our peril we did not heed the call. We traded our freedom for a thousand brands of bread and other petro-freedom.
Now we find that population has increased almost 50% in the U.S. since 1970 at the height of the 1960s consciousness/anti-war revolution. Petroleum-food made it possible. In recent years immigration and U.S.-born children of immigrants account for eighty-seven percent of population growth. It wasnt out of compassion that this was allowed; rather, Congress is told by its corporate funders to increase the labor supply in order to hold down wages and to jack up the pool of consumer/customers for products. With more and more people, there is greater oil demand and more pressure for global resource war.
Petroleums exit from the center of todays modern lifestyles will result in termination of this consumption frenzy and will cause a die off of unprecedented proportions. Better living without petroleum dependence and climate-changing transport and agriculture will manifest itself soon.
Let the wildness reign: As Henry David Thoreau stated, "In wildness is the preservation of the world."
- Jan Lundberg 5-03-2003
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