With a friend in the White House, the anti-war movement takes off the mask

There was another anti-war rally in San Francisco, but the gloss of all Americanism with which the movement covered itself during the early years of the Iraq War is gone.  With that gloss ripped away, the truth comes out:

The glory days of the 21st-century anti-war movement were in 2003 and 2004, when tens of thousands of naive “average Americans” would show up at each anti-war event. Then, as I documented extensively over the years at zombietime, far-left and extremist groups quickly seized control of the movement and tried to lead the middle-of-the-road protesters leftward politically. But as the radicalism escalated with each successive protest, the sane people all stopped coming, the rallies started getting smaller and smaller, and from 2004 onward it’s been a continuous downward slide.

The bottom line is revealed:  these protesters, the ones who are Obama’s base, even as they are dismayed by his pragmatic decision to stick it out a little longer in Iraq and Afghanistan, hate America.

Please visit Zombie’s photo essay.  It will give you a good chance to see the ugliness that was always festering underneath the more middle class anti-war movement.

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  • jlibson

    Thanks for highlighting this Book.
    I have a half fear that I will end up seeing a picture of my brother (socialist organizer) at one of these things holding some idiotic sign.
     

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    I too often worry that I’ll see a familiar face at one of those rallies.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    “The bottom line is revealed:  these protesters, the ones who are Obama’s base, even as they are dismayed by his pragmatic decision to stick it out a little longer in Iraq and Afghanistan, hate America.”
     
     
    That’s perfectly fine. You got to hate somebody. Since I hate them, I have to make allowances that they would hate America.
     
     
     

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    This is going to the Zoo or a semi-dangerous underground neighborhood. A lot of interesting stuff to see.
     
     
    An interesting thing you will notice is that Zombie doesn’t usually spew out derogating comments about the factions involved. It probably comes from his ability to blend in, to turn off his emotions and to go with the flow. Perfect for spies and observers.
     
    Pundits like race industry gurus like Gates and Olberman and such can’t contain themselves. There are as many different types of love as there is hatred. So there’s love-lust and hate-lust. Love of family, hatred of family. Love of friends, hatred of former friends. Love towards strangers, hatred towards strangers.
     
    In this case, the people in the zoo are tools. So just reverse your feelings towards a beloved tool gifted to you by important people in your life and that’s what usually I feel.

  • suek

    The opposite of love is not hate…the opposite of love is indifference.
     
    Hatred requires emotional involvement, just as love does – it’s just a different involvement.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    The opposite of indifference is any emotional state. What this means is that indifference isn’t equivalent to love on a 1 to 1 basis. It is not an emotion, thus cannot be transmuted to one for comparison purposes. And the opposites of it are not 1 to 1 congruent.
     
     
    There’s nothing special to oppose love with indifference. One might as well say that emotion is the opposite of a lack of emotion. While true, it bears no special significance to love as a special category.