Anti-war protest kicks pro-military rally’s ass


I was really disappointed that I couldn’t be at the peace march this weekend in DC; I hear from friends that it was fantastic. Not to mention it beat the “pro-military” rally senseless in terms of turnout.

Anyone who was there want to weigh in?

Also, Page One News Media has some great pics of the march.

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6 Comments

  1. Mandy G
    Posted September 26, 2005 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    I was there, and I can say that the feminist community was heartily represented! I don’t think I can post pictures in the comment, but here are the links to my own snapshots:
    http://locker.uky.edu/~akgate2/fem1.jpg
    http://locker.uky.edu/~akgate2/fem2.jpg
    50ish year old women doing a choreographed song and dance with GWB entering. http://locker.uky.edu/~akgate2/fem3.jpg
    I know I would feel a lot better about these people if there hadn’t been a crowd of gawking guys surrounding them… http://locker.uky.edu/~akgate2/fem4.jpg
    Best sign award goes to…
    http://locker.uky.edu/~akgate2/fem5.jpg
    Starting young. http://locker.uky.edu/~akgate2/fem6.jpg

  2. madelaine
    Posted September 27, 2005 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    It wasn’t as big as the March for Women’s Lives (the only big march in D.C. I have to compare it to, but it was pretty big. There were all kinds of people.
    My pictures

  3. tfreridge
    Posted September 27, 2005 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

    I find it completly in character with the leftists on this blog that they equate feminism with anti-bush and “anti-bring democracy to iraq” rally(not anti-war)when it was the “security moms” who failed to get on board with the platform last go-around. It seems that most woman (greater than 55% of registered voters, anayways) seem to equate peace with strength and having a strong middle eastern policy.
    We’re all “anti-war” by the way. It’s just a matter of wether we’ll reach peace by following the footsteps of Winston Churchill, or whether we’ll be a bunch of appeasers who turn our backs on others like Chamberain.
    I particulary liked the “bring our troops home now” chant that left out the all important, “bring our troops home now so we can watch safely from a distance as woman and children are slaughtered in the name of Allah and Iraq descends into a civil war in which millions of people will be slaughtered just like when we bailed out of southeast asia”
    It must be nice to not care about anyone in the world. No wonder our image is so negative.
    Liberals are awful good at saying you care about others but when YOU have do something that makes a difference, all of a sudden the price is too high.
    I feel so sorry for that gold star mom.

  4. tfreridge
    Posted September 27, 2005 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    I find it completly in character with the leftists on this blog that they equate feminism with anti-bush and “anti-bring democracy to iraq” rally(not anti-war)when it was the “security moms” who failed to get on board with the platform last go-around. It seems that most woman (greater than 55% of registered voters, anayways) seem to equate peace with strength and having a strong middle eastern policy.
    We’re all “anti-war” by the way. It’s just a matter of wether we’ll reach peace by following the footsteps of Winston Churchill, or whether we’ll be a bunch of appeasers who turn our backs on others like Chamberain.
    I particulary liked the “bring our troops home now” chant that left out the all important, “bring our troops home now so we can watch safely from a distance as woman and children are slaughtered in the name of Allah and Iraq descends into a civil war in which millions of people will be slaughtered just like when we bailed out of southeast asia”
    It must be nice to not care about anyone in the world. No wonder our image is so negative.
    Liberals are awful good at saying you care about others but when YOU have do something that makes a difference, all of a sudden the price is too high.
    I feel so sorry for that gold star mom.

  5. Posted September 28, 2005 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    tfreridge, you ever hear the word “double-talk”?
    that’s what it’s called when someone says “we’re all anti-war” and then goes on to justify war. it’s mad twisted to say that people who are opposed to wars in general and particular wars are simply opposed to the purported aims of said wars.
    further, if you want to bring up southeast asia, i’d love to hear your theory on that one. are you talking about our involvement in vietnam/cambodia/laos? because that was a wrong move from before kennedy’s time… not to mention the way that our involvement in the region rekindled the international (and domestic) heroin trade… i mean, dang, if you think we should have stayed in southeast asia, you’re psychotic. no one wanted us there. the local troops were either interested in developing their own bases of power (read “not democracy”)…
    that’s sickening, tfreridge. and it’s even more sickening that you consider the only thing that “YOU [can] do” to “make a difference” is military involvement. especially if you look now at what our long-term involvement caused in southeast asia, you can easily see that flooding a region with guns is not good for the people (especially when the folks we’re training and giving military aid to are messed up in big-time drug-running).
    now, look at the situation in the middle east. was military involvement the best practice from the get? just about everyone we’re facing off against now has, at some point, been the recipient of u.s. military aid and training. osama bin ladin was a member of the “mujahideen” forces we paid to fight against the soviets in afganistan. sadam hussein was a cia operative for most of his young adult years and went on to be the recipient of u.s. military aid as the ruler of iraq (including training in the development and use of biological weapons.)
    yo… and fuck all this “you liberals” bullshit, man, ‘cos it’s totally off-point… you wanna be divisive, fine… but as far as making a difference, there’s a lot more options out there than military involvement… so get off your damn high horse and take a look at what’s really going to help people…
    it ain’t guns.
    peace out

  6. Dim Undercellar
    Posted September 28, 2005 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    I am absolutely “anti-bringing-democracy-to-Iraq” when it turns out that “bringing democracy to Iraq” actually means “bringing democracy to Iraqi men and Shari’a to Iraqi women.”
    What feminist could speak out IN FAVOR of Shari’a? And therefore, IN FAVOR of an intervention that accomplished nothing whatsoever except the establishment of Shari’a in the country’s new constitution?

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