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What Happened on October 26, 2002
The anti-war protest in Washington D.C. on October 26, 2002 offered a lot of evidence that Americans are smarter, and more concerned about justice, than the American government. Here are some of my impressions from the March, in which I participated from start to finish, and the big gathering:
American patriotism is alive and well! Thanks to all protesters and those who assist their efforts to stop war, promote justice, and preserve what remains of American values such as honesty, generosity and fairness.
- The Statehood Green Party of Washington D.C. is vibrant and well-organized. Many Greens from New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland and elsewhere were also present. If the Democrats and Republicans continue their downward spiral into decay and corruption, the Green political movement will rapidly gain all the talent and energy it needs to start winning major elections in the USA.
- I did not see any sign of the other political party that opposes government-sponsored killing -- the Libertarian Party. They seem to have fumbled the ball on this one.
- The organizations present at the anti-war protest could be placed into four categories -- the socialist left, the nonsocialist left, the purely religious, and the peculiar. Despite the decline of socialism worldwide in the last 12 years, I must admit that the socialist left groups were well-prepared with literature and personnel for this gathering. The nonsocialist left can still learn something useful from that.
- No one at all questioned whether Iraq does or does not have plans to create weapons of mass destruction. That whole issue was understood as a smokescreen and so no one paid attention to it, focusing instead on the real topic -- Bush's plan for a war to control Iraq's oil reserves.
- My two favorites among the large signs seen at the March and the gathering -- "Only Tyrants Speak With One Voice -- Democracy Speaks in Thousands" and "'I Want That' is Not a Foreign Policy."
Hanno T. Beck is the publisher of The Progress Report.
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