Assassination of Osama bin Laden
Statement by the United National
The U.S. government has used the pretext of finding
Osama bin Laden to justify their invasion and occupation of Afghanistan.
Now that bin Laden is dead, they can no longer claim this motive. Our demand
remains the same: Bring the troops home NOW!
Obama Administration does not intend to end military operations. The war
apparatus of weaponry, drones, bases, mercenaries, and reliance on highly
secret special forces like JSOC (Joint Special
Operations Command) to do its dirty work with no oversight by Congress or the
public has increased along with an escalating war budget. Violence and war are
the conflict resolution methods preferred by the U.S. leadership.
of oil and domination, the U.S.
so-called “War on Terror” has caused the deaths of tens of thousands Afghans,
well over a million Iraqis, as well as the loss of 6,000 U.S.
soldiers. To pay for this bloodshed and destruction, the U.S. has spent
trillions of dollars to expand the war machine and benefit the rich that could
have gone for jobs, education, health care and green energy alternatives. As
poll after poll has demonstrated, the U.S. population has turned against
these wars and wants the troops brought home.
Obama is using the assassination of bin Laden to re-legitimize U.S. militarism and to build up popular support
military actions abroad and his own re-election at home. The country is put on
high alert to create an atmosphere of heightened fear and anger, a tactic
frequently used when Americans turn against government policies. Soon after
President Obama announced the killing of bin Laden, hyper-patriotic flag waving
demonstrations broke out on campuses, in front of the White House and even at
jingoistic atmosphere engendered by Obama’s extra-judicial assassination of bin
Laden has put Muslim Americans in jeopardy. It has increased Islamophobia across America. After the announcement of
bin Laden’s murder, racists defiled a mosque in Portland, Maine
with the slogan “Osama today, Islam tomorrow.” In Oregon, a Muslim center had to cancel an
event after receiving threats. Mosques across the country, fearful of attacks,
have increased security. This is the ugly impact at home of the so-called “War
on Terror” abroad. UNAC urges the entire antiwar movement to stand with our
Muslim brothers and sisters against these racist attacks.
administration will no doubt use the ‘successful’ mission to justify further secrecy,
denying any kind of democratic oversight over U.S. foreign policy. It sets a
precedent for saying the U.S.
has the right to attack anyone that the administration designates an enemy at
any place, any time and legitimizes secret renditions, torture and indefinite
incarceration without trial. These increased Executive powers are included in
current legislation and reauthorization of the USA PATRIOT Act and must be
democracy, civil rights, and civil liberties are threatened. They will argue
that the need for secrecy makes it even more important to prosecute Bradley
Manning, Julian Assange, and WikiLeaks
for publicizing documents that expose the lies and criminal behavior of the
government. On top of that, it will be used to further authorize FBI harassment
and grand jury probes against antiwar and Palestine
solidarity activists. All of these victims of the U.S. government
are put in further jeopardy by the atmosphere created by the assassination of
bin Laden. Eventually those fighting the massive cutbacks and attacks on unions
will become the victims of this restriction of our civil liberties.
extra-judicial assassination of bin Laden, like the NATO bombing of Libya, is
clearly designed to remind the masses of workers and students rising up in the
Middle East against U.S.-backed dictators that Washington is still boss. It is
also an attempt to roll back the growing opposition to the occupation of Afghanistan by war-weary working people in the U.S. There is
no possibility that this assassination will bring security, democracy, or peace
in the Middle East or America.
not be intimidated. In spite of U.S.
grandstanding and the wars without end, millions of people around the world are
throwing off the yoke of years of repression and claiming their right to
determine their own destiny. The Arab Spring shows that people will not allow
fear and militarization to suppress the yearning for freedom. People across the
are not fooled by government lies and have turned against the wars and
occupations. The unions and their supporters in the thousands in Wisconsin stood up
against the corporate-controlled state government to fight back against the
attack on collective bargaining and the cut backs of social services. Their
actions inspired many and others will follow.
the time to forge unity and to step up our opposition to U.S. wars and
occupations. We must stand with those who are victimized and those who struggle
for freedom and a better life. We need to build a movement independent of all
political parties that mobilizes powerful mass actions to challenge reactionary
government policies. We need to march and continue to march until we meet our
goals of peace and justice.
Bring the Troops, War
and War Dollars Home NOW!
U.S. Out of Iraq, Afghanistan,
Pakistan and Libya NOW!
NO to Islamophobia!
the Arab Spring!
United National Antiwar Committee