Mai, January 31 2004
While I am sitting on a terrace in
Thailand many people are passing by. Hardly anyone thinks about Al
Qaeda. They are right. Masspeople are only allowed to live a life
that to a great height is determined by the caprices of the elite.
The inter elitist struggle between the powers that be and Al Qaeda
takes place on a different level.
The appearance of Al Qaeda is interesting. The elite is terrified
because it cannot control Al Qaeda. Bush and other political leaders
spend most of their time finding ways to destroy this new
organization. They even neglect other state matters. The power of
the sitting elite is eroded by internal divisions. But the masses
are only onlookers, victims or cannon fodder.
The American elite repeats the policy of old colonial powers like
England and Holland that military support the occupation of
Afghanistan and Iraq. The USA invades independent countries with an
excess of military might, installs puppet regimes and starts to
plunder the natural resources of the occupied countries.
Occupation of a country leads always to resistance and the rise of
local elites. Western powers withdrew from Kenya, Vietnam or
Indonesia after years of violence in which mainly indigenous people
were killed. New regional elites joined the old elites in the Quest
to dominate the massworld.
The elite refuses to study its past. But also the masses repeat
their mistakes by supporting emerging elites that never intend to
allow masspeople real independence.
The American elite introduced new "enemies" (terrorism,
Islam) after the Red Danger vanished in order to have new excuses to
make even stricter laws to control the masses. But Al Qaeda is not
dangerous for the privileged position of the sitting elitist power.
It only carried out a few deadly actions in the elitist heartland.
Terrorist violence caused only a few casualties compared with the
many masspeople dying from Western bullets or from too high prices
(to the benefit of Western producers) for medicine and food that is
The outcome of the present inter elitist conflict is obvious. Or the
American elite becomes stronger or in some countries a
fundamentalist elite rises to power as happened in Iran when the
Shah was replaced by Khomeiny. The masses remain subordinate.
I do not understand why masspeople should back Al Qaeda or Bush (or
other American leaders that only appear to have different policies).
The World Social Forum restricts itself to actions within the legal
boundaries set by the elite. It still believes that it is possible
to elect better leaders.
But arguments are hardly listened to. Leaders will only take other
decisions when masspeople force them to behave different. Masspeople
should develop their own autonomous actions against any elite. They
should be active in destroying the big gap between the separated
elite- and massworld.
Yours truly, Joost van Steenis