You are herecontent / Werner: Anti-war movement a success
Werner: Anti-war movement a success
Werner: Anti-war movement a success
by Maximillian Werner
published on Monday, September 26, 2005
Despite the national and local media's abysmal coverage, the march for peace that took place on Sept. 24 in Washington, D.C., was a tremendous success.
In the days leading up to the march, organizers anticipated 100,000 people would attend. That prediction proved inaccurate: An estimated number of more than 300,000 people surrounded the White House in peaceful protest of this insane, immoral and illegal war.
This march represents the single greatest anti-war effort since this indefensible war began. And it signifies the American public's recognition that even the loftiest rhetoric and the most ardent appeals to our "values" ring hollow when professed over the dead bodies of innocent men, women and children.
The fact that the media largely ignored this pivotal event in our country is criminal and sickening. But the fact that an event of this magnitude even took place shows the media's reticence and cowardice is a nonissue in terms of its political effect.
The media's lack of involvement is irrelevant to the success of the anti-war movement in this country. Let me repeat: An estimated number of more than 300,000 people joined the protest on Saturday.
And those 300,000 people are those who could attend the march in D.C. Other marches took place all over the country, including one here in Arizona. All told, it is not unreasonable to assume upward half a million people across the nation took to the streets on Saturday to oppose this war and our warmongering president.
In response to the desperation following Hurricane Katrina, President Bush stood before the people of the Gulf Coast (people who had lost everything) and had the audacity to tell them to be "civilized."
Later in the week, the king of "black gold" advised people everywhere not to "buy gas unless they really needed it."
Is he serious? Does he have any concept of how ridiculous he sounds?
And yet each day he and his administration of draft dodgers, former corporate CEOs and lobbyists for the coal and mining industries are lining their pockets and at the same time sending our young men and women into harm's way.
They are plundering our natural resources, polluting our air and water, and creating a world that is poisoning our wombs, sickening our children and stealing their chance to live lives at least as rich as ours.
That this president and his administration continue to insist America was right to invade Iraq shows the depths of their contempt for the American people and for the world. This contempt first emerged when, despite all the evidence to the contrary, Bush claimed Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.
When enough people finally realized this claim was total nonsense (a delay partially due to an indolent and ratings-driven media), it then became expedient for Bush to claim we were now "spreading freedom and democracy."
Right. And they are doing so one corpse at a time.
In light of indisputable evidence that Bush knowingly waged an illegal war (the Downing Street Memos), in order to believe a word Bush says one must conclude he and his supporters somehow live in a world that is different from the world the rest of us inhabit.
And I could live with that if it weren't for the fact that the people of this world are the ones doing the dying.
But Bush best summed up this disparity during the first presidential debate with John Kerry. Referring to Osama bin Laden and the terrorists of the world, in an exasperated voice Bush turned to the audience and pleaded, "Trust me, I know these people."
Yes, Mr. President, you do know these people. And that is exactly my point.