Reflections on The Anti War Protests
I see they are saying between 100,000 and 150,000 thousand people marched in the big anti war rally in Washington DC on Saturday. I watched some of the speeches on C-SPAN, there were some really wack-o people there.
The organizers of the rally are some of the most far lefties out there read David Corn's The odd and troubling origins of today’s anti-war movement
This was no accident, for the demonstration was essentially organized by the Workers World Party, a small political sect that years ago split from the Socialist Workers Party to support the Soviet invasion of Hungary in 1956. The party advocates socialist revolution and abolishing private property. It is a fan of Fidel Castro’s regime in Cuba, and it hails North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il for preserving his country’s “socialist system,” which, according to the party’s newspaper, has kept North Korea “from falling under the sway of the transnational banks and corporations that dictate to most of the world.” The WWP has campaigned against the war-crimes trial of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. editorial declared, “Iraq has done absolutely nothing wrong..........
If there is to be a serious anti-war movement, it needs to focus on one thing, that THIS WAR was not the right war. Even Cindy Sheehan (whom I admire very much) has gotten off message when she talks about Israel and says that going into Afghanistan was wrong. Most of the American people are not pacifists. We feel that when attacked we attack back. So sending a message of peace at all costs will not make a lot Americans sign on to the cause
I probably would have not taken part in this rally, even though I am very, very against this war. Too many messages being sent, not enough focus on the original intent.