Me neither

antiwar protest signs

But as one who has helped organize a multitude of antiwar protests, some of which drew hundreds of thousands of people, well, if you keep doing what you’re doing, you keep getting what you’re getting. The turnout for the antiwar actions of the past week was quite small and mostly ignored by mainstream media. Why? Mostly I think because street protests aren’t newsworthy anymore. It’s been the same old speeches and the same old signs for five years, and the number of people participating in such protests steadily drops. That’s not because the populace doesn’t oppose the wars, because they do, but because such street protests have been done so often that they no longer get much attention.

The antiwar movement needs some new ideas.

Tip: Intoxination

  • DJ

    There’s a big difference between the protests against the Vietnam War and those of today: with respect to the Vietnam War, both sides of the conflict were in this country. That is, ending the war did not require the participation of the opposing combatant(s).

    In Iraq, we’ve made a big mess, and as far as I can see, no one has an exit strategy– not Bush, not Clinton, not Obama, and not the protesters. If you want to see the war end, you’ve got to propose an exit strategy. That CAN be done. It’s not as simple as walking away. And that means someone has to do some hard work in an area the fringe Left doesn’t seem to have much experience in: real solutions.

    What we need is serious analysis of who gains what as a result of the war, and what it’ll take to get them to stop. Iraq is clearly one of the more complex conflicts in the world today, and it won’t be easy. But a solution is NEVER impossible.

    Until we have a solution, though, it’s going to continue to be violent, immoral, and ugly. With a solution, we can pressure our leaders (and theirs). Without one, we’re whistling in the wind.

  • Were the US to say, we are leaving, then perhaps all involved would start working on what to do. But it’s all moot until the US says they are leaving.

  • DJ

    “Perhaps” is a big word. If that happened, it would be the first time in post-modern history that I’m aware of that combatants would choose to talk rather than fight.

    All combatant parties (including our own government) get something from the war. The key is to analyze who gets what, and from there find ways to satisfy/isolate/negate those needs.

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