Thirty-seven years ago when anti-war protests began to engulf the United States the Nixon administration adopted a
The March starts across the bridge to the Pentagon.
Bush pleads for “patience”
It is the sweeping protests throughout the United States during the past three days and the prospect of other demonstrations to come that forced Bush to go on the airwaves on March 19 to “plead for patience.” The Bush administration and the Pentagon high command fear that the protest movement could become a contagion. Politics is dynamic and political apathy, lethargy and inaction can turn into their opposites. The protests of the last days anchored by the march of tens of thousands at the Pentagon raises this specter for the White House and the Pentagon.
This is still an unfulfilled potential, but it can happen.
It will only be the actions of all anti-war
Protest and resistance
The next step for the ANSWER Coalition and many affiliated organizations and individuals is captured in the slogan, “Protest and Resistance,” encouraging sustained activity including mass action protests on a local level, continued education and mobilization and acts of collective and individual resistance to the war machine. As happened during Vietnam, active-duty soldiers are beginning to participate in both protest and in acts of resistance. National coalitions play a role, as do local organizations as do all of us as individuals both inside and outside the military.
To tell us about your local antiwar activities, click on this link – we will be posting notices of upcoming actions and sending out nation-wide report backs.
Media coverage on the spreading antiwar protests
For a very good round-up of the actions across the United States marking the beginning of the fifth year of the war in
The people repudiate pro-war thugs
The forces of ultra-right racism and militarism tried to “Swift Boat” the Washington protest. Wrapping themselves in American flags, groups like Rolling Thunder pretended to “defend” the Vietnam Memorial from threats that they themselves totally fabricated. (Operation Rolling Thunder was the name given to the U.S. Air Force’s B-52 carpet-bombing of Vietnam between February 1965 and October 1968, in which thousands of Vietnamese civilians died each month.)
On March 17, these pro-war puppets showed their true colors. They shoved elderly people, screamed at parents whose children had been killed in Iraq, yelled racist comments at Arab and Muslim participants, and spit on and ripped signs out of the hands of high school students.
The government’s police stood by and let this happen, despite their oft-repeated claims to be “keeping the peace.” A very strong ANSWER security squad blocked these pro-Bush provocateurs from entering the front of the march. Anti-war protestors were disciplined and focused and refused to be provoked into the confrontation the government was hoping for. The enormous power of the people was felt as all those from around the country fighting to stop the war came together, rendering the sideline fascists irrelevant, and marched united on the Pentagon.
Go to www.answercoalition.org for more information.
To see the report from Saturday’s demo, click this link.