It wasn’t that long ago that antiwar street corner protests used as buildups to mass marches and to judge sentiment would draw well over a thousand people. But judging from the ANSWER LA website, a recent round of such protests in LA, SF, and Chicago just drew a couple hundred people each.
Yeah, the Iraq War seems to have simmered down and far fewer people are getting killed now. This is a good thing. But Afghanistan seems a quagmire, and I’m not sure what we’re fighting for or how we get out when we want to. But the populace doesn’t have the same fervor about this as they did about the Iraq War.
Plus, at least some of the antiwar passion seems to have been primarily anti-Bush passion. With Bush gone, the protests got smaller.
So, mass marches are planned for LA, SF, and DC this coming March. I wonder how many will come or how it will help end the war if they do.
“The only thing they’re going to be putting pressure on is the grass.”
— Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), quoted by the AP, saying he’d rather see gay rights supporters lobbying their elected officials than marching in Washington this weekend.
Perhaps the same is true now of antiwar marches too. Unless the numbers are truly massive, the media and Congress ignores them. We need new ideas and methods.
There’s no possible light at the end of any tunnel. The robot war via Predator missiles and other instruments in the arsenal infuriates all Afghans, as wedding parties are blown to bits every weekend. With more troops and mercenaries now in Afghanistan than during the Russian military presence at its peak, there’s zero chance for America playing a long-term constructive role in Afghanistan. The US presence is just a recruiting poster for the Taliban.