Who Is Protesting Against Obama’s New War In The Middle East
In the United Kingdom, the Stop The War Coalition is holding a demonstration in London to protest the British government’s plans to get involved in the civil wars in Iraq and Syria. The Coalition does not support the Islamic State, but rather questions whether bombings by the UK military will be capable of defeating the Islamic State. “Isis is backed by various middle east powers and a new aerial bombardment will not defeat it. It will however, kill innocents, further fragment the country and inflame violence. The record of the west’s wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya show that as well as creating misery and mayhem, western military interventions make the world a more volatile, dangerous place,” the coalition writes.
The establishment Democratic organization MoveOn has only managed to summon enough political will to release a semi-anti-war petition. The petition doesn’t really oppose Obama’s new war in the Middle East. It only requests that Obama get the explicit permission of Congress to go to war, saying, “Members of Congress must insist that an explicit Congressional authorization of force precede any direct U.S. military action in Iraq, including airstrikes.”
MoveOn’s membership seems to have a stronger anti-war opinion. Saima Ellis, in her signature to the petition, argues that, “Invading Afghanistan and Iraq in the past was not successful. Thousands and thousands of innocent Afghani’s and Iraqi’s lost their lives, homes and belongings. I suspect you already know another war will only bring with it more deaths and that the majority of the public is against it and that it will only benefit the companies who make profit from it.” Katherine Thomason writes, “No more war! Not in Iraq or Syria or anywhere!”
At AntiWar.com, Jason Ditz observes that an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll recently found that 72% of American respondents believe that the current bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria will eventually expand to include American soldiers on the ground.
That’s an interesting fact to consider, but AntiWar.com doesn’t post any news of actual on-the-street protests against Obama’s new war. The Friends Committee on National Legislation has posted articles opposing the war, but has no news of demonstrations either. World Can’t Wait has urged its members to post news of their protests against the new war, but so far, the only protests posted there are for anti-drone demonstrations this coming weekend.
There have been a few small, isolated anti-war protests in the USA. Will a national movement against war form in the months to come, or do the politics of congressional campaigns overlap with this issue to make protests against war too awkward for the moment?