. Once again, American bombers have blasted the Iraqi landscape and killed and maimed Iraqi people--allegedly to eliminate Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction. What hypocrisy! The long poem below, by Patrick William Bradley, Jr., who is religious but hates the war-making capitalist Moloch, intimately describes and passionately denounces immensely powerful American weapons of mass destruction--nuclear weapons which, even 36 years ago, made Saddam's weapons of today look like child's play. And these weapons were used twice against Japan and again almost used during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 and later against the Vietnamese. As I once wrote in a poem:
The enemy of American workers
Is not a foreign one.
It schemes in plush-lined offices
In Wall Street and Washington.
. Patrick Bradley's poem describes and denounces the American weapons of mass destruction
which still threaten the world; it also shows the cost paid by the workers to build and maintain
such weapons for the rich rulers to use to murder and plunder workers of other countries. Not
only are these weapons instruments of genocide because they are inevitably directed against
civilian populations and not just armies, but lives of workers are thrown away in their
construction. Bradley exposes the heartlessness of the capitalist bosses and their union-leader
pawns who unite to crush the organizing drive of the clerical workers on the project. The picture
that emerges from Bradley's poem is that of a brutal, inhuman behemoth of a system, a true Iron
Heel, more powerful than that described by Jack London. The only questions that remain are: can
this infernal war machine be opposed, and, if so, how? The anti-war masses of the '60's, in their
marching millions, answered the first question with a powerful YES--IT CAN BE OPPOSED!
And they partly answered the second: YES--BY MASS ACTION! The latter part of this second
question involves how such a movement can be created, what its main forces will be, and how it
should be led. In my opinion this problem will be solved by a revived, anti-revisionist theory of
Last modified: October 15, 2001.