Jewish World Review Oct. 30, 2002 / 24 Mar-Cheshvan, 5763
These two lovelies were representative of the look and tone of the anti-war protestors who traveled to Washington over the weekend. All the regulars showed up -- Susan Sarandon, Al Sharpton, Ramsey Clark, Jesse Jackson, Palestinian activists, student activists who described themselves as "dissident non-citizens." The crowd was a hodgepodge of Lefties who have been waiting for the right time to lash out at American foreign policy and President Bush. (The protestors won't refer to him as "President," only as "Bush." How clever.)
Democrats like Ted Kennedy and Robert Byrd, who can't figure out why their anti-war message had no political traction, only had to spend a little time at this rally to understand why their viewpoint is losing. Not even 14 months since September 11th, and already the Left has no problem exercising its constitutional right to desecrate the flag. A photo in the Washington Post showed two young men standing in the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial, wearing large flags as capes that were spray-painted with black letters.
If one sentiment captured the tens of thousands who converged here, it was a deep sense of anti-Americanism. Theirs is a world in which America, not Saddam Hussein, is the Great Satan. Where America, not global terrorism, is the true threat. Where America, not the UN, is consistently wrong in interpreting major world events.
Where America, not Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe, is racist. The more one digests the rants of the anti-war protestors, the more one realizes just how little most of them have in common with the majority of Americans. Their voices, steeped in resentment and anger over America's super power status, are much more in sync with growing chorus of anti-Americanism abroad.
The protestors would trust Saddam to comply before they would trust the Bush Administration to rid Iraq of weapons of mass destruction. They wrap themselves in a peace sign blanket, yet how can you have lasting peace when a man with Hussein's history has chemical, biological and nuclear weapons?
The protestors have the right to say what they say. Others have the right,
and the duty, to point out how deeply anti-American their message is.
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