Civil War and Ending the War

By David Swanson

Remarks March 3, 2006, at University of California – San Diego

Fox News titled a recent segment “All Out Civil War in Iraq: could it Be a Good Thing?” Presumably it could from the point of view of the Bush-Cheney gang, if it gets in the way of all-out resistance to the occupation. That is, Bush almost certainly would prefer to see Sunnis fighting Shias than to see both fighting Americans and collaborators.

From the point of view of the Iraqi people, the people of the read more

Iraq: Pure War, Pure Crime

By David Swanson

Remarks March 3, 2006, at City Club / Catfish Club of San Diego

The Iraq War is a pure war, a war for the sake of war. Congress is debating whether to spend another fortune on it, another fortune that could completely remake this nation if spent on useful projects, and Congress has no reason for the war. The reason is purely that the media won’t like you if you vote against a war, but there’s no actual reason for the war, not the weapons of mass destruction that Bush read more

About That Anthrax

By David Swanson

So, the word Anthrax is back in the news, but only because a man contracted it through what is reportedly a freak accident, not because Saddam Hussein’s vast stockpiles have been found, not because Bush has apologized for inventing those vast stockpiles, not because Forest Whitaker has agreed to play Colin Powell in “The Sting II: Hustling the United Nations,” not because impeachment proceedings have begun, and especially not because the U.S. corporate media has read more

Events in Charlottesville, Virginia

Total Recall: End the War, Impeach Bush & Cheney
Events in Charlottesville, Virginia

Town Hall Forum on the War in Iraq
Monday, March 13, 7 – 10 p.m. McLeod Auditorium, University of Virginia, school of nursing.
FEATURING: Two mothers who have lost children in the war, one American, one Iraqi;

Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski, retired from Office of the Secretary of Defense on Near East South Asia Policy,outspoken critic of the Pentagon’s pre-war propaganda development.

Ray McGovern, veteran read more

Taking Protest to Congress Members' Homes

Nonviolent Peaceful Demonstrations In Front of Congress Members’ Homes Every Weekend

Democrats.com, Progressive Democrats of America, After Downing Street, Gold Star Families for Peace, Hip Hop Caucus, Democracy Rising, and Velvet Revolution, are working to organize grassroots teams in all 435 Congressional Districts plus 5 Delegate Districts (DC, PR, VI, GU, and AS) and to hold nonviolent peaceful demonstrations every weekend in front of the homes of congress members.

Our Mission: to persuade read more

How You — Yes You — Can End the War

By David Swanson

Simple acts and a little courage have worked wonders in the world.  Nonviolent people’s movements won democratic reforms in Russia, booted the British out of India, resisted the Nazi occupation in Denmark, drove a dictator out of El Salvador and another out of the Philippines, ended Jim Crow, crushed Soviet power in Poland, toppled military regimes in Argentina and Chile, ended Apartheid, and brought democracy to the Ukraine.  George W. is no match for a force this read more

Inequality and War

By David Swanson

Ending the extreme inequality of wealth and well-being in the United States would end the war in Iraq.

Ending the war in Iraq and others like it would go a long way toward reducing the inequality.

Reverend Dr. Joseph Lowery honored Coretta Scott King at her funeral, speaking in front of four presidents, when he challenged injustice, saying: “We know now there were no weapons of mass destruction over there [standing ovation]… but Coretta knew and we know that there are read more

Bring Regime Change Home

By David Swanson
Remarks prepared for World Can’t Wait rally at White House, Feb. 4, 2006.

There are protests outside at least two houses today, the White House and Bush’s luxury estate near Crawford, Texas. Bush can run, but he cannot hide.

He tries to hide behind fear, our fear. The only tool in his bag is making us afraid. We have to resist becoming afraid, but we have to be able to talk about the fact that Bush and Cheney have made us much less safe. They have turned world opinion read more

WH Memo: Phony UN Airplanes to Provoke War

By David Swanson

The Guardian is reporting that Bush told Blair “that the US was so worried about the failure to find hard evidence against Saddam that it thought of ‘flying U2 reconnaissance aircraft planes with fighter cover over Iraq, painted in UN colours’. Mr Bush added: ‘If Saddam fired on them, he would be in breach [of UN resolutions]’.”

This came out in a memo obtained by Phillipe Sands, QC, for the new edition of his book “Lawless World.” read more

Going to California to Get Out of Iraq

By David Swanson

Yesterday I spoke on a panel in Los Angeles organized by the California Democratic Party Progressive Caucus, a body that is leading the way in promoting a plan to end the occupation. Below are my answers to the moderator’s thoughtful questions.

QUESTION: During the Vietnam War, there was considerable propaganda that was disseminated and incorporated into the discussion about the war around the dreaded “domino effect