] WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 %u2014 After a weekend of antiwar
] protests that many participants say signaled an expansion
] of public opposition to military action against Iraq,
] some organizers are facing criticism, much of it from
] within the movement, about the role played by their
] group, International Answer.
] Attendance at rallies in Washington and San Francisco
] last Saturday was in the tens of thousands, and reflected
] a mix of views that spanned the social and political
] spectrums. Many protest organizers say the presence of
] labor unions, religious groups, business people and
] soccer moms showed a growing mainstream opposition to the
Complex issues lend themselves to having more then two sides. Of course an anti-war protest is going to bring out elements that are not necessary in line with the bulk of the populus with anti-war sentiment. This should not suprise anyone.
My gut tells me that the "this is just anti-american" angle will be played out in order to diminish the impact of any anti-war movement. Its just too easy to drive that line. Dosen't make it true though..
Peace is patriotic also. Part of your duty as a citizen is to keep your government in check. I think that most people with anti-war sentiment are much like myself. They are not opposed to an Iraq war because of reasons other then the core issues pertaining to the Iraq war, but rather they oppose the war because they don't feel a good enough case has been made yet, or that we should have the support of the global community in any actions we take. I also feel that most people in this category have not been very vocal thus far. As we get closer to the point where the war machine really gets rolling, we will see things heat up. Right now, everyone is just taking in the news, the retoric, and trying to make up their minds.
My mind isn't made up yet. The support of the gobal community makes a big difference with me. I see the reasons for ousting Saddam and I feel they are valid. Yet something is missing. Consensus.