Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Anti-War?

Christopher Hitchens looks at the groups that organized last weekend's protest in Washington, "International ANSWER", and "United For Peace And Justice". He also takes issue with the way these groups are portrayed by the mainstream media.
To be against war and militarism, in the tradition of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, is one thing. But to have a record of consistent support for war and militarism, from the Red Army in Eastern Europe to the Serbian ethnic cleansers and the Taliban, is quite another. It is really a disgrace that the liberal press refers to such enemies of liberalism as "antiwar" when in reality they are straight-out pro-war, but on the other side.
I'm sure that the majority of Americans who would describe themselves as "anti-war" are not extremists, and do not support these anti-American groups. However, the association with these groups taints the anti-war movement, and the media doesn't help by failing to tell the public what ANSWER and their ilk really stand for. The media is damaging the movement that they aim to foster.