by jay janson and Ramsey Clark
Social networking Facebook Twitter YouTube cellphone cameras Everyone everywhere especially in countries suffering US bombings or CIA covert deadly violence, starvation! BREAK 48 year BLACKOUT of King’s condemnation of his gov.”greatest purveyor of violence in the world,” Don’t let genocidal media sucker our eyes and ears Use King’s 1963 “I have Dream’ to erase his 1967’That Dream won’t come true unless we end the Nightmare’
Dear readers and Leaders of anti-imperialist organizations everywhere in the world, starting now, During the days running up to and through Martin Luther King’s three day birthday holiday, have your members and friends and families and kids use social networking Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, YouTube and cellphone with cameras spread a call throughout the world and especially in the dozens of countries suffering US bombings, occupation wars or CIA covert violence, death and destruction to BREAK the 48 year BLACKOUT of King’s condemnation of his country’s government as the “greatest purveyor of violence in the world,” and his having held himself and his fellow Americans responsible for “atrocity wars and covert violence on three continents since 1945 in order to maintain unjust predatory investments.”
During Martin Luther King’s three day weekend Birthday celebrations, everyone, everywhere throughout the world use social networking Twitter, Facebook, cell phone, camera’s to produce YouTube segments! Make it impossible for genocidal US media to again deceitfully erase from history King’s condemnation of his country’s government as the “greatest purveyor of violence in the world,” and his having held himself and his fellow Americans responsible for “atrocity wars and covert violence on three continents since 1945 in order to maintain unjust predatory investments.”
Ramsey Clark suggests using the above terse quotes from King’s world shaking 1967 sermon Beyond Vietnam – a Time to Break Silence, but below are other powerful phrases one can quote – a few perhaps naming your country as targeted for death.
“The Vietnamese people proclaimed their independence in 1945, after a combined French and Japanese occupation … we decided to support France in its reconquest of her former colony. For nine years we vigorously supported the French in their abortive effort to recolonize Vietnam. … After the French were defeated, we supported one of the most vicious modern dictators, our chosen man. Now they languish under our bombs and consider us, not their fellow Vietnamese, the real enemy. They move sadly and apathetically as we herd them off the land of their fathers into concentration camps where minimal social needs are rarely met. They know they must move on or be destroyed by our bombs.
So they go, primarily women and children and the aged. They watch as we poison their water, as we kill a million acres of their crops, as the bulldozers roar through their areas preparing to destroy the precious trees. They wander into the towns and see thousands of the children, homeless, without clothes, running in packs on the streets like animals, children degraded by our soldiers as they beg for food. They see the children selling their sisters to our soldiers, soliciting for their mothers…we ally ourselves with the landlords…we test out our latest weapons on them, just as the Germans tested out new medicine and new tortures in the concentration camps of Europe? We have destroyed their two most cherished institutions: the family and the village. We have destroyed their land, their crops. We have corrupted their women and children and killed their men. So far we may have killed a million of them, mostly children.”
“During the past ten years, we have seen emerge a pattern of suppression which has now justified the presence of U.S. military advisers in Venezuela. This need to maintain social stability for our investments accounts for the counterrevolutionary action of American forces in Guatemala. It tells why American helicopters are being used against guerrillas in Cambodia and why American napalm and Green Beret forces have already been active against rebels in Peru.
A heartrending reason for citizens of great nations like India and Mexico where deadly and torturous conditions of poverty, starvation and lethal police action to protect the investments of the gigantic international corporations that control their nations government is the final statement of King in his Beyond Vietnam – a Time to Break Silence:
“Look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa, and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the country. This is a role our nation has taken, … refusing to give up the privileges and the pleasures that comes from the immense profits of overseas investments. This is not just.”
Ask yourselves, with all mankind’s social media power, are we going to sit back and let criminal media smother King’s devastating blow against the genocidal wars of US NATO imperialism this year too? Let the media of a still racist society sucker our eyes and ears and use King’s 1963 “I have Dream’ to erase his 1967 ‘That Dream won’t come true unless we stop the Nightmare that is Vietnam and the rest of the atrocity wars and covert violence meant to maintain unjust predatory investments overseas.
Folks, if we can kick up enough awareness, someone capable of prime time coverage like Putin or Evo Morales or the now tough talking Foreign Minister of Venezuela, who a couple days ago called Kerry a murderer, might just decide to lower the boom on this preposterous 48 year old pathetic farce, and make a statement honoring King on his birthday for his bravery in condemning his government as the greatest purveyor of violence in the world for its atrocity wars and covert violence on three continents for to maintain its unjust predatory investments.
Former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark is co-founder of the King Condemned US Wars International Awareness Campaign, created on the initiative of beloved peoples historian Howard Zinn and supported by Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa.
Jay Janson is a regular contributor to OpEdNews, Counter Currents, Kerala, India, and Minority Perspective Birmingham, UK; is coordinator of the Howard Zinn and Ramsey Clark founded, King Condemned US Wars International Awareness Campaign and historian of the Ramsey Clark co-founded Prosecute US Crimes Against Humanity Now, an educational and stimulus website featuring the laws pertaining and a country by country history of US crimes in nineteen countries.