Thursday, September 22, 2005

Cindy Sheehan and a bunch of others will be in Washington this weekend to protest the war in Iraq. Don't be fooled into thinking this is just a group of people who oppose our presence in Iraq. This protest is being sponsored by a whole array of groups with lots of different agendas, some of which are quite questionable.
The leaders of ANSWER, founded three days after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, are connected to the Workers World Party, a Marxist group that has expressed support for such dictators as North Korea's Kim Jong-il, Yugoslavia's Slobodan Milosevic and Iraq's Saddam Hussein. The latter two have been ousted from power and jailed.
Other groups associated with ANSWER are the Free Palestine Alliance, U.S.-Mexico Solidarity Foundation and the Muslim Student Association of the U.S. and Canada.
UPJ, founded by liberals who say they were concerned about the radical tactics and smorgasbord of issues trumpeted by ANSWER, says it organized the "S24," or Saturday (Sept. 24) protest first, but Mr. Dobbs said there's "a big overlap" between the protests and "the major point is that we're in D.C. to stop the war in Iraq."
I hope that all the media coverage of their protests will make clear that these people also would have opposed our going after Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and, if they had been listened to, the Taliban would still be in control there instead of holding free elections.