July 15 2005
The millions killed in
aroused many Western masspeople to support the anti-colonial struggle in
. The Vietnamese struggle was
connected to the Western idea of “Freedom, Equality and
Brotherhood” of the French Revolution.
These progressive human ideas were however never promoted in the
. Slightly aberrant leaders as Lumumba, Allende, Sukarno or
Mossadecq were killed or chased away and only obedient servants of
the West were supported.
anti-colonial struggle in Iraq against the obligation to deliver
oil to the West should also merit support from Western masspeople.
But the world has changed.
The struggle in Vietnam was driven by the idea of national freedom,
the struggle in
is in the first place guided by the idea that Islam must become the
leading force in Moslem countries. That is not in accordance with
the freedom ideas of Western people. The
Iraqi struggle is therefore hardly supported in the West.
In the case of
Western people carried out violent actions against symbols of
elitist power. Now violence in Western countries is perpetrated by
people with very close ties to Moslem countries. The original
population of the West considers them as a kind of foreigners who
attack Western masspeople and the attainments of Western society.
That was not the case during the Vietnam War.
Western and Moslem
masspeople should both free themselves from elites that in the first
place promote their own interests. This mutual interest is however
only theoretical because Western masspeople are targeted. That was
the case with the bombings in
and history repeated itself in
. You cannot expect that Western masspeople will support a struggle
that attacks their own life. Of course they are right.
to do, is there a solution?
Yes, the violence against
and the spreading of this violence to the West can only be stopped
by Western masspeople.
They must force the own leaders to withdraw from
Iraq. Let the Iraqis and other Moslems solve their internal
difficulties without any interference of Western powers. Indeed many
more people will die but they will also die when Western powers
remain involved (the lowest estimate is now 59.000 Iraqis killed by
American violence). The number of elitepeople killed is very, very
low. As usual the burden of
war is carried by masspeople.
All nations have
the right to walk their own road towards human emancipation.
Suppressed people never can be emancipated by paternalistic and
almighty foreign powers. Third World people may see in the West a
better world in regard to the wealth that the West amassed (partly
at the cost of the
). But Western ideas of
freedom have never obtained a firm footing in the Third World.
When the Western
countries is stopped, Western masspeople again can try to solve the
fundamental problem how it is possible that elites always get more
than the masses, why the prosperous, safe and quiet eliteworld is
still far apart from the often harsh massworld.
Of course the
are horrendous but they must not cause masspeople to become more
obedient to elitepeople that only promote their own interests. Those
people use the attacks in the West as an excuse to reduce Freedom,
Equality and Brotherhood of Western masspeople.
intruding in the safe eliteworld masspeople can force the own elite
to withdraw from the colonial
Yours truly, Joost van Steenis