Ending the war by definition

Speaker & crew defend surrender May 24I’m going to go out on a limb here and make a startling prediction: Combat operations (as we know them) will end in Iraq in 2008!

Bold, isn’t it?

But I can tell that you’re probably not convinced that I know something that all the 170,000-some-odd U.S. military personnel; all the brass hats and the suits at the Pentagon; and all the chicken-hawks at the White House (who ducked out of their own military service when they were of age) don’t know about what’s going on in Iraq. I don’t. But, the word is that the President has already started floating trial baloons, such as a transition to “a different configuration” in Iraq after the surge is completed this summer.

I just know that whatever happens on the ground, they are going to “say” something different about what’s going to be going on in Iraq for the foreseeable future. They are going to “say” that combat operations are going to end, and that as many as 50,000 troops will come home. Start planning the parades. Continue reading

Sudan and the “genocide pimps”

African or Arab Sudanese youth? 

I just can’t get a handle on what’s really going on in Sudan.

My base instinct is to dismiss all of the full page ads and high profile media criticism of whatever the atrocities there , as theater intended to upend an Islamic government…an Islamic government that just happens to be in the largest, and one of the most mineral rich countries on the African continent. An Islamic government that has ports on the Red Sea, the head waters of the Nile River, rich agricultural potential, and which borders on nine–count them–nine other African nations. Sudan has the potential of being a bridge between Islamic (Arab) North Africa and Bantu (Black) Sub-Saharan Africa. In my book, that makes Sudan, an “enemy” of Judeo-Christian Imperialism, by simple definition.

And did I say that Sudan has vast un-developed oil resources, not to mention that Sudan supplies the U.S. 80 percent of its gum arabic, an essential product in soft drinks like Coke, Pepsi and 7-Up? But the subject of gum arabic and Coke has become a big headline joke. Sanctions against Sudan will cause Americans to lose weight and be healthier because there will be fewer soft drinks available. Hardy, har, har, har. That kind of smugness is just par for the course for White folks. Continue reading

Mumia Abu Jamal’s Last Stand?

Mumia Abu JamalPress your hand on the glass partition. The proud, Dread locked Black man on the other side lifts his shackled hands and touches the glass.

Shake hands with Mumia Abu Jamal at S.C.I. Huntingdon, in the hills of southern Pennsylvania. That’s how he received visitors when I met him there in the early ‘90s–through inch-thick glass, via a telephone. He would read several commentaries for radio broadcast. We would record with a crude microphone arrangement we had to improvise. The prison authorities did not want to accommodate him in any way. They did not want him publicizing his cause to supporters all around the world. They feel he’s a cop killer. Continue reading

Malcolm X, House Negroes, Field Negroes & Terrorists

There is hardly one credible list of the Top 10 Black Leaders who’ve emerged in the 400 year history of the United States which does not include either Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali or both. Sadly, the name of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, the mentor of both men, is usually missing from those same lists.

Most white people in America, find it hard to understand why Blacks still honor Brother Malcolm now, more than ever before even though in 1999 a U.S. postage stamp was issued in his honor. His family’s “slave name” was “Little,” but in Harlem’s after-hours street life, he was anointed “Detroit Red,” for his complexion, his reddish brown conked hair, his hometown.

In prison he was “resurrected from the dead,” as Brother Malcolm when he accepted the religion of Islam as taught by Mr. Muhammad. He earned the “X” in his name after passing a rigorous examination of Mr. Muhammad’s “Lessons.” he had to recite–with 100 percent accuracy–a list of 23 “Actual Facts” concerning the planet Earth, its astronomy, physics and geography, as well as a list of 10 questions and their answers called “Student Enrollment.”

The “X” symbolized the Blackman’s lost Muslim name and the mathematical term for the “unknown quantity.” It also symbolized rejection of the American culture. He was an “ex” American so-called Negro. Continue reading

At the intersection of race and class

Pyramids, Sudan

When I was attending San Jose State College with schoolmates Tommy Smith and John Carlos, Dr. Harry Edwards was an instructor, and the director of some type of “poverty program,” an “equal opportunity program.” He once told me when I asked for a job in his agency, that I was not qualified because I was “latent bourgeoisie.” I only recently figured out what he meant by that. Continue reading

What if ‘The Surge’ is successful?

In the department of: “What None of Our Leaders Are Telling Us.”

Suppose, just suppose the Bush administration’s 20,000-plus Troop Surge, along with extended deployments, and quicker rotations of battle-weary U.S. forces back into Iraq, just suppose that strategy works? Then what? More escalation, of course.

Would military success for U.S. forces mean they are more likely to declare victory and come home, or remain deployed? This is a trick question. Continue reading