At some point, this gets laughable:
The third anniversary of the U.S.-led war in Iraq drew tens of thousands of protesters — shouting chants of “stop the war” and calling for the withdrawal of troops — in demonstrations across the globe. (Related gallery:War milestone sparks rallies)
More than 7,000 people marched through downtown Chicago in one of the nation’s largest protests, saying the war diverts money from domestic needs and demanding the U.S. pull out of Iraq. One sign read, “Bush is a category 5 disaster.”
“I’m against this war, I’m against the torture,” said protester Martha Conrad, 54. “We’re doing this for the people of Iraq.”
In Tokyo, anti-war rallies stretched into a second day, with about 800 protesters chanting “no war, stop the war!” and banging drums as they marched peacefully Sunday through downtown Tokyo toward the U.S. Embassy. A day earlier, about 2,000 rallied in Tokyo.
“The Iraq war was President Bush’s big mistake and the whole world is against him,” organizer Ayako Nishimura said. “Iraq must decide its own affairs.”
I am no Bush defender, but at some point it becomes pretty clear that these anti-war protests are little more than anti-Bush protests. While hating Bush has become far more fashionable as of late (in fact, hating Bush is so popular that the cool kids are already doing something else), these protests accomplish very little. Bus is already in the middle to low 30’s in popularity, and there really is no ‘war’ to protest, per se.
In the local news here, people were saying “I have been against the war since the beginning. This is just like the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.” Except it isn’t. At all. There really is no occupation, because occupations would imply some sort of control over the region. The insurgents are not really insurgents (or ‘freedom fighters” for you Michael Moore fans). They are terrorists who wish the country will fall deeper into chaos so that they can pursue their own aims (re-establishing the Baathist regime, instilling a theocratic regime, general mayhem- whatever they may be).
No one wants an American withdrawal from Iraq more than the soldiers on the ground, the military leadership, this administration, and nervous Republican incumbents who are scared to death about November. No one. But an American withdrawal from Iraq will no more “End the war NOW!” than these anti-war protests (all an American withdrawal will end is American involvement in the debacle), so they might as well be protesting cancer, or stubbed toes. For now, excuse me if I view these anti-war protests as little more than theatrical stunts designed to allow for some partisan sniping and to give some bored people an opportunity to show off their latest hemp tie-dye.