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Noise Making Time - Why Did No One Say Anything About Bush?

worried | 04.05.2001 14:33

Did the Mayday protests miss the point? Should we be more scared of capitalism, or what Bush is doing with diplomacy and nuclear weapons?

Frankly I'm worried. And a little scared. Bush seems to be storming ahead with the scientfic nonsense of an NMD system, whilst the US spy plane remains in China. Britain has made no response, Europe has made no response and the media is ignoring the crisis all together. Why? Is this just a little diplomatic upset? Or is there a US spy plane, on Chinese soil?

And is it me, or does Chinese nationalism seem to be up for a fight, too? 10 years on from Tianimmen Square, and there has been a reversal in popular politics. And no one seems to care. At the same time, the media is playing up China as a threat - not thinking of the consequences in terms of public opinion.

The tension between the last two superpowers is immense. But there seems to be not a movement in this country - except CND - which is gathering a wide scale response to the US despotism which is currently gardening Capitol Hill. I am not questioning the anti-capitalist/globalisation movement, but someone mentioned on Usenet that ignoring this would be like ignore the Munich crisis in the 1930s. This may be a peice of sensationalism - but does this not concern anybody?

Perhaps there needs to be a debate on forming a coalition of protests groups against Bush. There seems to be a feeling that the EU is doing the work for us, with respect to Kyoto. If masses of people rejoined the CND and gathered at events such at Mayday for a common purpose against Bush, would the EU take a harder line? Since we will be likely radar spots for the NMD system, it is unlikely we can place our hands on our heads and ignore this.

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  1. British Response — Spurious Cause
  2. RE: British Response — Patrick
  3. ...well because the big demo is this SATURDAY — on the up
  4. Australian Response — Sean Scullion