Will the next US president say “No” to War and Occupation?



You see, war is a profitable business in the United States. Apart from boosting weapons sale, it is also Big Business for mercenary private contractors and “reconstruction” companies, which stand to make huge profits. The United States spends close to US$1 trillion on “defence” and it has over 700 military bases around the world.

Disruptions in global oil production – as a result of the chaos that war brings – keep the price of oil high. And this ensures record profits for the oil companies, which have close ties with the movers and shakers in Washington. The US administration also aims to seize strategic control of remaining oil reserves in the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia.

But there is a glimmer of hope: that people will listen to the call of the anti-war movement to reject war and build a new world of peace and justice.

The seeds have been planted in the United States and the stalks are sprouting, as you can see from this encouraging development, reported by Democracy NOW!:

Antiwar Candidate Donna Edwards Defeats Incumbent Rep. Albert Wynn in Key Maryland Primary

Antiwar Democrat Donna Edwards joins us to talk about her defeat of eight-term Congress member Albert Wynn in Tuesday’s primary vote. The Maryland race had been described as “a bellwether contest in the fight for the soul of the Democratic Party.” If Edwards wins in November, she’ll be the first African American woman elected to Congress from Maryland.

AMY GOODMAN: Senator Barack Obama swept the Potomac primaries Tuesday, beating Senator Hillary Clinton in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. While much of the country is focused on the race for the presidential nomination, another primary in Maryland drew national attention. In the state’s Fourth Congressional District, Democratic activist Donna Edwards defeated eight-term incumbent Albert Wynn in a fiercely contested race.
The race was a rematch of the 2006 primary election, when Wynn held onto his seat by a few thousand votes. This time around, Donna Edwards defeated Wynn by a wide margin, receiving about 60 percent of the vote, while Wynn got about 35 percent. The race has been described by The Nation magazine as “a bellwether contest in the fight for the soul of the Democratic Party.”
Edwards ran a populist, antiwar campaign that drew support from national liberal groups. She criticized Wynn for his votes tied to Iraq and the housing crisis. If she wins in November, she will be the first African American congresswoman to represent Maryland.
Donna Edwards joins us now on the phone from Maryland. Welcome to Democracy Now!
DONNA EDWARDS: Hi, Amy. It’s great to be on Democracy Now! this morning.
AMY GOODMAN: It’s good to have you with us. Well, despite the very severe weather, the polls were open, what, an extra hour and a half last night?
DONNA EDWARDS: That’s exactly right.
AMY GOODMAN: You have been declared the winner. Can you tell us what you think did it this time around? You lost to Wynn last time by a very small percentage.
DONNA EDWARDS: Right. I mean, I lost in 2006 by a very narrow margin. But I think that this time we put together, you know, a campaign operation that really built on the momentum of 2006, carrying a message of, you know, the need to focus on working people, on healthcare, on getting out of the war in Iraq, on an education system that works for all our children. And people took that message, they believed the change was important and required, and they cast their votes yesterday, and it was an overwhelming victory.

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18 Dec 2008 6.14am

Whether Obama will reject war or not depend on how much personal interest of him is at stage, if he can get huge financial benefit, then there is no assurance he will not wage war on other countries like his predecessor, it has been that way for USA president ever since independence, so don’t ever think Obama will be different.

10 Dec 2008 8.42am

Whether the next president will reject war or not is up for everyone to guess. So long as it is a “just” war , instead of political or economy interest oriented war, i am sure civilized nations will have no objection, like the war on terrorism in Afghanistan which is not a war of choice but necessity.

14 Feb 2008 6.49pm

Dear Mr Anil Netto,

I read your article on the ipsnews.net and found it very true indeed. I re-posted your article (selected points) on my blog on the 13th of february for the sole purpose of sharing it with my friends and fellow bloggers. I’m sorry i didn’t ask your permission earlier.