Friday, March 18, 2005

Death of a "Peace" Movement

In a sad, sad story today the San Francisco Chronicle reports on the impending death of the anti-war movement. The article begins with a list of reasons given by the peaceniks to explain why the movement has slowed down. The list includes the following:

The White House has blunted criticism by pointing to recent democratic uprisings in the Middle East as evidence that the underpinnings for the U.S. invasion were on the mark.

Those dastardly Republicans! Their plan is to kill the anti-war movement by succeeding in the war! Is there nothing to which they will not stoop! It gets worse:

"(The movement) was on the verge of taking off again a couple of months ago around the inauguration, but then the Iraqi elections confused the picture, " said Stephen Zunes, a political science professor at the University of San Francisco and an expert on both social movements and Middle Eastern politics. "It is pretty moribund now."

The Iraqi elections confused the picture? No, Zunie my friend, the Iraqi elections clarified the picture. Somehow I don’t find myself weeping for the moribund peace-movement, especially in light of the fact that it is dying because the war is being won in spectacular style.

The most fascinating tidbit in the story, however, is the following:

MoveOn.org Executive Director Eli Pariser told liberal-leaning media critic Norman Solomon recently that the group "is seeing a broad difference of opinion among our members on how quickly the U.S. should get out of Iraq. As a grassroots-directed organization, we won't be taking any opinion which a large portion of our members disagree with."

Wow, even MoveOn.org can no longer bring itself to oppose the war! A “large portion” of their members doesn’t want to cut and run! This is astonishing news.

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