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Letters to the Editor • WAR: About that War

6th anniversary of the Iraq war, The left goes to sleep and the Right did not bother to show up...

6 years of war in Iraq and only 50 people bothered to show up at ASU campus yesterday for a street action and march called for by the End the War Coalition and other groups. It is sad actually that I have comment negatively on the turn out and enthusiasm of the rally.
Its not that I\'m a leftist and want to see the left grow but how sad that the Anti war movement goes to sleep in Phoenix so fast once a Democrat gets in to office. The Right did not show up because, well they have justified the war in their own minds and are apparently to busy protesting AIG
very uninspiring on a day that to me and many other real PRO PEACE ACTIVIST hold of great importance... I guess theirs no peace with out Justice and their is no Justice, Their is JUST US.
Video of the days rally to come.

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Comment by foundZero
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It's an important point to understand although it comes with some pain. The antiwar left has been on-and-off-again for it's entire history, and not just when dems are in office. Now we could be seeing the "Sheehan effect" when the centrist liberal groups such as MoveOn actually suppress criticism of the Obama administration, and it's been speculated that Leslie over at MFPJ as co-opted but this remains to be seen.

With all the Obama-mania, it's no wonder they can't mobilize right now.

Our "excuse" is anti-war has never been as central a plank as matters-domestic. We're an inward-focussed movement in an inward-focussed land. And there's that conservative tendency to want to "support the troops" by keeping cohesion here at home (like Chinese make yellow ribbons stickers did anything anyways). However justly or unjustly, war just fits into the rest of the spectrum of stupidity and danger in oppressive regimes.

But give the thing some time. Obama is a radical change in where the lines are drawn in the liberal camps. Look at it how Kissinger would look at it: the antiwar left will divide from the Obama camp because we know Obama will continue militarist foreign policy. We know the antiwar left will find out about it, they are often as good researchers as we are. And we know some of their icons will call it like it is. Poof. There it is! And now I ask you, where else do they have to go for friends?