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Occupy Springfield IL Holds Rally Decrying Actions of NATO as Secretary General Rasmussen Visits
NATO’s Actions as the Military Arm of the Global 1% Lead to Civilian Deaths and a New Culture of Imperialism
(Sept 21, 2012, Springfield, IL) – “NATO has from the beginning been an endeavor to protect the monetary interests of the global 1%. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the demise of its primary opponent, NATO has assumed its natural role as the military arm of Wall Street. Through a series of seemingly haphazard “humanitarian” interventions and occupations NATO’s bomb loving culture has left scores of dead and injured civilians across the globe.”
On September 21, 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen will speak in Springfield at Southwind Park, at the invitation of the Springfield’s Commission on International Visitors. While Springfield’s Mayor, Mike Houston, has said that he is honored to have Rasmussen speak in Springfield, Occupy Springfield would like the Secretary General to answer for the deaths of civilians across the globe who have been on the receiving end of NATO’s militarism. Whether the decade long occupation of Afghanistan or the “humanitarian” air campaign to liberate Libya, countless civilians have lost their lives thanks to NATO’s particularly violent brand of democratization. NATO and their Wall St. brethren have worked tirelessly to veil their self-interested motives in populist rhetoric and calls for democratization.
There has been a lot of discussion surrounding the recent anti-American protests throughout the Muslim world. One has to wonder which has a greater effect on global opinion; an obscure film or the deaths of countless innocent civilians at the hands of their “liberators.” We cannot earn the trust of those we seek to help by dropping bombs without regard for the “collateral damage.” We cannot expect one act of assistance to undo the damage of decades of support of authoritarian regimes and occupation. We must seek out a new path that seeks to benefit the people and not the elites, the consumer and not the corporation, humanity not greed and economic interests.
As the world tremors with unrest and revolution, we must reject NATO and the 1%’s new culture of imperialism. We cannot, as a society, support a militaristic brand of diplomacy that uses drones to bomb first and aim later. As the 1% pours hundreds of millions of dollars into buying the loyalty of the next “Leader of the Free World,” they spend much more to try and bomb their way to peace. While NATO is just a piece in this puzzle, they must answer for their crimes against humanity; their crimes in the name of the almighty dollar.
WHEN: Friday September 21st, 2012, 5pm
WHERE: Southwind Park, Springfield, IL