Huey P. Newton – interview from jail. Thanks to Whenua, Fenua, Enua, Vanua for drawing my attention to this video.
The Late Dr. Huey P. Newton was one of the leaders of the Black Panther movement in the 1960s and 70s.
There are many differences between the situation African American people and Australian Aboriginal people. The most basic difference being the Africans were stolen from their homelands and transported to another continent. Aborigines have been dispossessed within their own country the same as Native Americans.
However Newton’s perspective on the colonisation of African American communities and the Vietnam war is very relevant to the situation in Aboriginal Australia and Iraq today.
Newton identifies common symptoms of war and colonisation in America and Vietnam. I would like to identify a common major causal factor in Australia and Iraq.
There can be no doubt now that the invasion of Iraq was inspired by the profits of global energy corporations lead and facilitated by the Haliburton chain of corporations including the CIA and US military connected engineering company Bechtel.
In Australia Bechtel is involved in the countries biggest energy and water infrastructure developments, specialising in oil, gas, water and industrial waste pipelines. Bechtels oil pipelines are what the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are all about. Bechtel is also the worlds leader in construction of nuclear power stations and nuclear waste facilities.
The global mining and energy companies rely equally on the suppression of Aboriginal, Iraqi and Afghani people to maintain their profits and growth economies.
The war in Iraq is not an isolated war, it is just one tentacle of the global beast which is alive and well in Australia every bit as much as Iraq.
We can obsess with sensational headlines about foreign wars “out there” and build our peace movement as a knee jerk reaction to these circumstances of other people in other places. If we do, we create political movements that are nothing more than detatched whingers comentating on matters that we have no direct influence over.
If we realise that the causes and symptoms of war, imperialism and colonisation are right here, right now in Australia then we can create a response that might have some relevance to the victims of the war as well as confronting and pressuring the beast directly where it manifests in our own lives and communities.