Friday, September 23, 2005


For those who bristle at my calling those participating in this weekend's protest "Moonbats", I offer this:

The A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition organized the first national demonstration against war and racism following September 11 on September 29, 2001, which brought 25,000 people into the streets of Washington DC and 15,000 in San Francisco.
The A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition gained prominence because the Coalition from its earliest days after September 11, 2001 provided a principled and activist orientation to organize political resistance through mass action, and created a forum for people of conscience to speak out when so many others were silent. Many of the national organizations that constitute the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition Steering Committee were those groups in the anti-globalization movement who - after September 11 and in the most difficult circumstances when people in the Untied States were subject to a carefully orchestrated round the clock campaign to create a war fever - initiated a strategy and mass mobilizations to counter the Bush Administration’s endless war drive, its so called war on "terrorism."
The Coalition has since then worked to build an anti-racist, peace and social justice movement. The A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition, thus, had initiated the mass anti-war movement in the United States. A central characteristic of the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition’s organizing strategy has been to work in partnership with the Arab American and Muslim community and other sectors in U.S. society who have been traditionally ignored. This has helped to create a truly multi-national anti-war movement.

So, in the days after 9/11 - the FIRST thing on these people's mind is to protest "war and racism" and to form an organization. And, the key word up there -anti-Globalization- is moonbat code-speak for "anti-American." ANSWER is one of the major supporters of these weekend's activities. For a nice look at ANSWER in action, Bill at INDC has done in-depth research.

Now, granted, I am sure there will be bereaved parents marching - those not worthy of the moonbat designation. There will be those who just want peace. But, they will be marching next to Socialists, Communists, anti-Semites, and some of the most un-American Americans we've got.