Friday, June 1, 2007

Anti-war movement: Where do we go now?

The ANSWER Coalition has some ideas. The assessment is pretty grim as far as the Iraq war situation, with it being pretty obvious that the Iraq war is merely worsening in terms of its carnage, and with apparent plans for the US to remain in Iraq (with gargantuan permanent military bases and embassy) for easily several decades. Although the line from Bu$hCo compares the US involvement in Iraq to the Korea model, it would be more appropriate to think of this long-term occupation as along the lines of the British Empire's colonial occupation of India or the French occupation of Algeria. It is also equally obvious to anyone with a pulse that there is for all intents and purposes no major opposition among Congress critters to remaining in Iraq.

The anti-war movement itself is a rather mixed bag. On the one hand there is a simmering undercurrent of dissension among the rank and file Americans, and that undercurrent is increasing in its intensity. There is also an increased disillusionment with the response (or lack thereof) of this year's Congress to the increasingly angry demands of voters who want the damned war ended. One would think that under the circumstances there would be a sustained series of anti-war actions, but alas that has not quite been the case. As ANSWER views it, a fair part of the problem is structural: the anti-war movement is severely splintered.

In any event, ANSWER is attempting to find some solutions to develop a more unified front. At a time when the current wars (Iraq, Afghanistan, maybe soon Iran) are desperately in need of being addressed and opposed, it would do us all well to set aside whatever differences might exist among the various anti-war factions and work together toward a common goal. Let's face it folks, time is running out.

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