72. Freedom fighters are now called terrorists.

In the past the anti-colonial struggle was won with the help of intense guerrilla actions. In Cuba, Algeria, Kenya, Vietnam and many other countries foreign rulers were defeated and countries became ruled by local rulers. The fighters were called freedom fighters. The old colonialism disappeared and the colonial oppressors were replaced by local oppressors who soon became rich and who were supported by the international 1%. Common people remained down under with hardly any power to improve their life. 
Many dictators were supported by the rich West and a few leaders who gave the people some hope on improvement were pressured and even killed by the West to change their attitude. Poverty continued to rule and the top of the new independent countries (the local 1%) benefitted most from the new independence.

People became more and more dissatisfied and about fifty years after the anti-colonial struggle a new fight started. Not against foreign powers but against local rulers. The local 1% had not fulfilled the hope on a better life. Again the Western powers interfered with troops and weapons and a new kind of anti-colonial struggle started in which again only the 99% were damaged.

But the world had changed. In the past killing took only place in the colonies, now fighting spreads also to Western countries. But the victims are still the 99%, the 1% continue to live their extravagant life. 500.000 common people are killed in Syria and another two million wounded. The damage was caused by all sides, not only by the “terrorist” IS. I think all sides are bad, hurting common people and not touching the cause of most misery, the existence of a 1%. The 1% continue to be on top, they are hardly attacked.

Fighting for freedom against a local oppressing 1% is not anymore called a freedom fight. Now the fighters are terrorists. The killings are still in the first place carried out by the local and international 1%, the dead still belong to the 1%. That did not change.

In the Vietnam wars at some millions Vietnamese died and 50.000 Americans. They belonged all to the 99% who wanted more freedom. That should also change. The 1% – local or foreign – are still not on fire, the target should become this 1% and the killing of the 99% should stop.

Only the 1% take decisions that hurt the 99%, they hire soldiers to kill the 99%, they support dictators that restrict the life of the 99%. Why the 1% are not attacked is a riddle. The “terrorist” actions in Madrid, Brussels or London killed also only the 99%, the 1% are hardly pressured to change their ideas. That must change.

Read chapter 2. “Revolutions only succeed when the 1% are dethroned. Then we get a world without a dominant 1%.” via  http://members.chello.nl/jsteenis/Revolution2.htm.
Or download freely my latest book “How to make Revolution, developing the Fourth People’s Power” via http://members.chello.nl/jsteenis/Revolution.pdf about how to pressure the 1%.
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About Joost van Steenis

My latest book "How to make Revolution, developing the Fourth People's Power", can be downloaded for free from my site http://members.chello.nl/jsteenis. It contains new ideas how to take the money and power away from the most powerful people, the elite. It strives to get a new society in which not money is the pivotal point of all discussions but the idea that all people have the same status. New action means are introduced to reach this paradigm shift (a revolution) that concentrate on direct actions in the living sphere of the elite.
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