Monday, September 26, 2005

Anti-War? No, Anti-U.S. Military

Christopher Hitchens condemns the media's whitewash of "progressive" protesters at last Saturday's, er, Iraq-themed rally in D.C.

To be against war and militarism, in the tradition of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, is one thing. But to have a record of consistent support for war and militarism, from the Red Army in Eastern Europe to the Serbian ethnic cleansers and the Taliban, is quite another. It is really a disgrace that the liberal press refers to such enemies of liberalism as "antiwar" when in reality they are straight-out pro-war, but on the other side. Was there a single placard saying, "No to Jihad"? Of course not. Or a single placard saying, "Yes to Kurdish self-determination" or "We support Afghan women's struggle"? Don't make me laugh. And this in a week when Afghans went back to the polls, and when Iraqis were preparing to do so, under a hail of fire from those who blow up mosques and U.N. buildings, behead aid workers and journalists, proclaim fatwahs against the wrong kind of Muslim, and utter hysterical diatribes against Jews and Hindus.

1 comment:

Democrat_ick! said...

from the Columbia Dems newsletter:

8. A JOB WELL DONE

Thank you to everyone who gave up their Saturday to join
PROGRESSIVES IN ACTION in the huge anti-war protest this past
weekend. Hopefully everyone was energized by the amount of people
and the amount of enthusiasm found in D.C. We plan to mobilize CU
DEMS in some sort of grassroots activism campaign/protest/rally
again this semester. (We just aren’t sure what we will be doing
yet.)

Good work. Justice for Iraqis. Reopen the rape rooms. Reinstate Hussein, Rightful Leader of Iraq. Stop the Barbarous Colonialism. Zarqawi is my Homeboy.