Date: Wed, 22 May 2013 05:39:30 +0200
- The American Princess
Trouble In Paradise
- Where there's smoke, there is, unfortunately, no figure of President Bush burning in effigy. Looks like United For Peace and Justice, who had planned to "storm the White House and not leave until the regime changed," got about five people who didn't want their names permanently on the Secret Service watch list.
But that's just a symptom of a larger problem, apparently: Ms. Sheehans family is fighting like the Waltons on leftover night:
With new polls showing that more than half of Americans believe the war in Iraq is going badly and that Iraq will never become a stable democracy, you might think that anti-war groups in the U.S. would be trumpeting their influence.
Instead, the groups appear to be caught in their own brand of civil war, criticizing each other for management styles, sympathizing with Communist dictators and pandering to the media. They have bickered over alleged racism and even over issues like who would get more microphone time and pay for the portable toilets at anti-war rallies.
Interestingly enough, International ANSWER, Ramsey Clarkes pet organization (that once almost had me arrested), is the problem because, and I quote: "The souring of the political atmosphere is largely due to ANSWER, which, in our experience, consistently substitutes labels ('racist,' 'anti-unity') and mischaracterization of others' views for substantive political debate or problem solving"
Not that United For Peace and Justice contributes to the constructive discourse in the country ("racist, sexist anti-gay...!"), but apparently International ANSWER doesn't practice the "everybody's fair share" communism that they are so keen on pushing on the rest of the world. According to UFP, ANSWER likes to hog the microphone, call people names, and make other anti-war activists fend for themselves. And if THAT'S not enough, the Movement For Global Justice is entering the fray, accusing UFP of being racist against THEM.
Perhaps all of this happens when you shoot Marxist death rays out of the front of your Che Guevera tee shirt: eventually, people see you coming and run, leaving the only available targets for your bleeding heart ire, your surrounding, fellow crunchies. All of these guys are Marxist, Communist, or, even better, Anarchist (guess who has the best national organization?), meaning that they're encroaching on one anothers territories at each and every rally.
Come on, people now, shine on each other, everybody get together, try to love one another right now. Seriously, man. All we need is love.
The problem is that the anti-war movement has been like this since the 1960s--organization is a direct contradiction to the values, motives, and goals of the peaceniks, who have never quite been able to manage numbers over a few thousand. Back then, a couple of hundred marchers was quite a coup, and well publicised by the media. The anti-war movement, even then, was a small band of radicals confined to college campuses and the major cities that were not under "forced peacekeeping." Now, everyone has a gripe: IMF loans, sexual promiscuity, baby whales, mad cow, you name it, it shows up with signs and unwashed youth in tow to every possible Washington demonstration, whether its for the World Trade Organization or the Society of Milk Producers. Some people have made lives (::cough:: Joan Baez ::cough::) as professional demonstrators, professional radicals. Its an inside industry.
Like all capitalist systems, without a structured, heirarchical ystem, it falls apart. Someone needs to take charge, and like Animal Farm, the animals who are better rise to the top. All this equality, senstive behavior, and love can really start to eat at middle management after a while.
If these guys gave up, the city of Ann Arbor would become a ghost town. I need my neighbors, if only because the nakedness is an adequate substitute for a burglar alarm. Don't give up guys...give peace a chance.