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Anti-Sheehan Protester -- who confuses 9-11 with Iraq

The pro-war group expected a turnout of 20,000 persons. The response was between 200 and 400. As the anti-war groups walked by this Camp Gitmo, as it was called, they yelled out "shame, shame" in response to the signs they saw. There were several fences and rows of police that separated the two groups.

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D 24-Oct-2005 16:04
That is a legitimate comment. No one is "pro-war", are they? War is a terrible thing!
I do hear people say "Nuke ___" and I think that is a terrible thing to say, but also believe those
who say that are either naive about war or have displaced aggression of some kind.

I often hear women say "No woman is really "pro-abortion." I think it's true. No one chooses
to have an abortion, or chooses to go to war, if they are sane and humane. In both cases,
the decision is measured, weighing pros and cons, and deciding what is worth defending -
a purely idealistic "pro-life" position or a careful moral decision based on a particular
situation. Life is not black and white.
n24-Oct-2005 15:31
The point here is conveyed by her signs: We gave Peace a chance; we got 9-11 in one hand. In the other hand is a sign about Iraq, a country that had NOTHING to do with 9-11 and, we know NOW, that it was not a threat to the US. Pre-emptive war against a 2-bit dictator with oil is not defending our "personal safety." I also see signs at events like this that say "nuke em". There are many pro-war activists in the US ranging from working class persons full of racial enmity to CEOs of corporations who stand to profit. War should be a last resort; not an experiment in democracy. I believe that John Stuart Mill would agree.

Scott Nickell24-Oct-2005 13:59
While I disagree with your point of view, I certainly support your right to express your views. I do take exception to the term "pro-war group". Serving in the military for over 22 years I can honestly say I've never met anybody who was "pro-war". Perhaps John Stuart Mill said it best over 100 years agowhen he wrote: "War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."