Saturday, May 31, 2008

RECOVERED HISTORY: WHERE ARE THE PROTESTS?

Your editor was recently on a local Pacifica station program during which a participant suggested that public opposition to the Iraq war had been minimal. Longtime DC activist Jenefer Ellingston writes to note that "in February 2003 20 million people around the world demonstrated against Bush's plan to invade Iraq. . . probably the first protest before an invasion. It was the largest anti-war march in the history of anti-war demonstrations. Not just several million in America - In DC, NYC, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles . . . and smaller cities, but every capitol in Europe. Not thousands, millions.

"It's possible that one reason the peace movement is not visible in large numbers is: It's too expensive. That's why protests have been organized in cities across America - barely mentioned and rarely covered by the media. Our last demonstrations took place in 600 cities. Suppose there were 1,000 people in each of those 600 cities . . . that's a lot of people."

2 Comments:

At June 1, 2008 6:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We participated in a candle-light peace vigil held in a neighboring New Hampshire town that February night of 2003.
The turn out was not very large.
I remember being taunted by people driving by and yelling "Kick their ass, take their gas."
And so it goes...

 
At June 17, 2008 8:20 AM, Blogger Larry said...

To me peace means do nothing,help no one, don't get involved. Like the Pope in WW2.

I hated it when we americans went into Iraq to end the tyrany of Saddam and the protesters wanted to buy him more time.

 

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