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MadHound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 10:11 PM
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25. Were you around for the realpolitik of the '60s protests?
If not, then it explains your complaint. I recognize this for what it is, a broadbase of ideologies gathering once again around the biggest rallying point for the left, stopping a war. Yes, you're going to have people wanting to address Palestinian issues(which are actually the root cause of much of our problems in the ME, and should be addressed), yes you're going to have pot and other issue oriented progressives piggybacking on. That's OK! It gives us support, and puts numbers on the street. Call it street compromise.

Burning flags, vandalism, well, that's part of the turf too. Outrage is going to be expressed in a multitude of fairly harmless ways. Does it look bad? Yes, and I don't condone it. But I'm a realist and realize that humans aren't all up to Ghandi's and MLK's level. I draw the line at violence, but again, knowing human nature, a riot is not out of the question. But also remember, the forces arrayed against the anti-war movement aren't above using plants and agent provocateurs. They did in the past(read up on the Congressional inquiry into the activities of the CIA, FBI, and NSA during the sixties), and they are going to do it again. So the paint wielding anachist you see at the anti-war rally actually might be a member of the alphabet agency.

All in all, given what is going on, I don't think that what you are speaking of is of any great consequence. Things will have to get racheted quite a bit before you should be concerned. If you are in a protest and see somebody about to do something stupid, call them on it. But if they are just expressing their opinion, whatever that might be, let them go.
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