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Is War Worth Protesting Now That It's Obama's War?

Yesterday was the sixth anniversary of the beginning of the invasion and occupation of Iraq, one of the most unnecessary, dishonest, corrupt and wasteful military operations in the history of the United States of America. In that long six years, things have come around full circle.

At the beginning of the Iraq War, many powerful Democrats were supporting the Republican position, using Republican rhetoric. Those Democratic politicians who opposed the invasion of Iraq were put down as out-of-touch political radicals. Now, six years later, many powerful Democrats are supporting the Republican position, using Republican rhetoric. Those Democratic politicians who support a full withdrawal from Iraq within a year are put down as out-of-touch political radicals.

I flipped across an Air America station on the radio the other day, and I cringed when I heard the host chastise peace activists. “We have to be as careful getting out as we were careless going in,” the host sneered, using a favorite GOP justification for prolonging the occupation.

In my small town, there’s an activist organization that has been putting together peace protests in commemoration of the anniversary of Iraq. They’ve been doing that for five years, but this year, there won’t be any such protest. Why? Because Barack Obama has been elected President.

There are other towns that are protesting on the event of the the six year anniversary of the Iraq War. Why shouldn’t mine?

Is peace not as important, nonviolence not as relevant, when a Democrat is President?

2 thoughts on “Is War Worth Protesting Now That It's Obama's War?”

  1. obummer says:

    The reason there isn’t any protest is because socialist are gutless cowards. Whining little pussies.

  2. qs says:

    Interesting that Bush was having apolycyptic visions in 2001-2002.
    Good article on Counterpunch editor explaining Bush’s desire to attack Iraq.
    Leading up to the war, Goerge told president Chirac, in trying to persuade him, that he believed that the war in Iraq was part of a battle against the biblical creatures Gog and Magog. Bush believed this was the start of the apolyplse, and that he had been chosen by God to fight the forces of Gog and Magog.

    He also supposedly told Pat Robertson that he didn’t expect a single casualtity in Iraq.

    In Oliver Stone’s W. movie, Goerge famously proclaimed that he was never going to get outchristianed again after a defeat in the republican primary so Scott Horton thinks maybe this was just a political thing, but it’s not totally clear why he told the French president that so maybe he internatlized it too.

    Bush believed the time had now come for that battle, telling Chirac:
    “This confrontation is willed by God, who wants to use this conflict to erase his people’s enemies before a New Age begins”.
    -w Bush

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