Its interesting to see the growing lack of enthusiasm in the anti-war movement, maybe its due to the reasons recently explained by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld:
” Consider that in three years Iraq has gone from enduring a brutal dictatorship to electing a provisional government to ratifying a new constitution written by Iraqis to electing a permanent government last December. In each of these elections, the number of voters participating has increased significantly — from 8.5 million in the January 2005 election to nearly 12 million in the December election — in defiance of terrorists’ threats and attacks.
One of the most important developments over the past year has been the increasing participation of Iraq’s Sunni community in the political process. In the volatile Anbar province, where Sunnis are an overwhelming majority, voter turnout grew from 2 percent in January to 86 percent in December. Sunni sheiks and religious leaders who previously had been sympathetic to the insurgency are today meeting with coalition representatives, encouraging Iraqis to join the security forces and waging what violent extremists such as Abu al-Zarqawi and his al-Qaeda followers recognize as a “large-scale war” against them.”
The Helsingin Sanomat reports that : “Helsinki had between 300-500 anti-war prostesters (in the above picture)participating in yesterday’s anti-war march”, which is considerably less than the 15 000 protesters a few years ago. It pretty much coinincides with the growing number of Iraqis who support the Coaltion’s presence in Iraq. The fact that a majority of Iraqis WANT the US led Coaltion to be in Iraq is completely lost on the “just say no” protesting crowd.
For the US to pull out from Iraq at the behest of the same like minded protestors of the 60’s and 70’s, (which led to the genocide of over 2.5 million South East Asians at the hands of the Communists) would indeed plunge the entire country into a civil war. The anti-war ‘peace crowd’ do not lack for words on what shouldn’t be done, but are extemly light for words on what should be done. To do as the ‘peace crowd’ demands, would spell doom for both the Iraqi people and their democracy. Being against war is just not enough, you also have to be for a democratic peace. KGS