Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Everything You Wanted To Know About The War Protest in Washington D.C,......

...but were afraid to ask. I mean most of us think it was just a bunch of Americans protesting the war, right? Just ordinary men and women taking advantage of our right to protest in this country.

Think again.

The NY Times, and The Seattle Times. and The Washington Post all covered the protest. Yet none of them covered the fact that the groups that largely sponsored the rally, "The Answer Coalition" and "United for Peace and Justice," had questionable connections to say the least. As Christopher Hitchens tell us:

"International ANSWER," the group run by the "Worker's World" party and fronted by Ramsey Clark, which openly supports Kim Jong-il, Fidel Castro, Slobodan Milosevic, and the "resistance" in Afghanistan and Iraq, with Clark himself finding extra time to volunteer as attorney for the génocidaires in Rwanda. " In other words, asHitchensn puts it, International ANSWER is a front for "(depending on the day of the week) fascism, Stalinism, and jihadism."

Hitchens as this on United for Peace and Justice:

"The group self-lovingly calling itself "United for Peace and Justice" is by no means "narrow" in its "antiwar focus" but rather represents a very extended alliance between the Old and the New Left, some of it honorable and some of it redolent of the World Youth Congresses that used to bring credulous priests and fellow-traveling hacks together to discuss "peace" in East Berlin or Bucharest. Just to give you an example, from one who knows the sectarian makeup of the Left very well, I can tell you that the Worker's World Party—Ramsey Clark's core outfit—is the product of a split within the Trotskyist movement. These were the ones who felt that the Trotskyist majority, in 1956, was wrong to denounce the Russian invasion of Hungary. The WWP is the direct, lineal product of that depraved rump. If the "United for Peace and Justice" lot want to sink their differences with such riffraff and mount a joint demonstration, then they invite some principled political criticism on their own account."

Hitchens goes on to explain how these groups are not really anti-war as much as anti-this war.
Read the whole thing. I honestly don't know what we would do without Christopher Hitchens to guide us through international groups we are not familiar with. And believe me when I say I never thought I would ever say that.

The thing I want the left who read my blog to consider, is that THIS is the kind of people marching at Washington D.C., so you might want to watch the company you keep.