‘Skeletons in peace marchers’ closets’

‘Skeletons in peace marchers’ closets’ – timesunion.com

The demonstrations are thereby making war more — not less — likely.

All this should be no great surprise, considering the ignominious history of peace protests over the past century. The record is fairly clear: When the demands of protesters have been met, more bloodshed has resulted; when strong leaders have resisted the lure of appeasement, peace has usually broken out.

This one is the description that most fits the Iraqi situation:

The Vietnam rallies are usually judged to have been successful because they stopped the killing of Americans in Southeast Asia. The killing of local people is another matter. The U.S. pullout led directly to the communist conquest of Saigon and Phnom Penh in 1975. The results were a human-rights disaster. Tens of thousands of South Vietnamese were executed, hundreds of thousands wound up in brutal “re-education camps” and more than a million sought to escape in leaky boats. It was even worse in Cambodia, where the Khmer Rouge slaughtered more than a million “class enemies.”

Anti-war protesters were not entirely, nor even mainly, responsible for this outcome; faulty U.S. military strategy also was to blame. Still, anyone who once chanted “Ho, Ho, Ho Chi Minh, NLF is gonna win” should not feel particularly smug about the consequences of that victory. Their protests led to peace, all right, but for many Asians it was the peace of the grave.

I have seen no logical reasons to protest this war. The only reasons I can accept as honest are the principled pacifists; at least they are consistent. For the America First types, Iraq is a direct – direct threat to America; we are still in a state of war with this regime, and they with us, and they are in blatent and intentional violation of the cease-fire they agreed to. For those who are worried about “the children”, protesting the war is to support the continuation of a regime who, as a standard and widespread practice, starves children, steals humanitarian aid, and has children raped, tortured and murdered in front of thier parents.

For those who claim that this is for oil, it is worth remembering that while America has less than a dozen oil contracts with Iraq, France, Germany and Russia have over 1,500 contracts between the three of them. The Iraqi Ba’ath regime is a great evil, one that rivals the Nazi and Stalinist regimes, and must be eliminated, for security, political, and moral reasons.


  1. J. Allen says:

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