the marginal pacifists
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I was not aware that I was a MoveOn member -- whatever
or whoever they are -- but I got this e-mail.
Evidently it is one of the Anti-War Lite groups that
CounterPunch's "Black Commentator" wrote about.
I suppose we must march with these people if they show
up for an anti-war rally, but I would just as soon
hang them personally, as Lenin said of some capitalist
he had to do business with in the NEP period.
"Win without war" is their slogan. Imagine that! How
far has "pacifism" come, that certain wings of it not
only do not endorse anti-imperialist war, but they
endorse imperialist aggression so long as it's carried
out in some "surgical" or "low profile" manner.
I suppose Win without War means "let the sanctions
starve all the Iraqi population, then our oil
companies and Jewish settlers can take over" or "Send
in the CIA to overthrow the Iraqi regime and install
puppets so 'our boys and girls' in camo don't have to
risk their useless lives" or something to that effect.
What a world! Now the "pacifist," "anti-war" camp is
in effect idolising black ops and mass murder.
Dear MoveOn member,
We hope you're having a relaxing and peaceful holiday.
Unfortunately, with the New Year coming, we must
respond to elements of the Bush administration as they
their push for war. In anticipation, we're planning
stage of our "Let the Inspections Work" campaign.
Thanks for all
your support in making this possible.
We now have collected more than $400,000 in donations
ad campaign, of which about $130,000 has been used on
two full page
New York Times ads and a USA Today ad. You can see
these ads on
our home page at MoveOn.org.
Two weeks ago we announced a follow-on radio campaign,
received hundreds of radio scripts from members.
Thanks so much
to those of you who took the time to create and rate
You can see all this incredible work at:
We've recorded the top rated ad, written by Betsey
Los Angeles, and we'll be running it during the week
of January 6th
in Washington D.C., on local news-radio stations.
Here's the ad,
in RealAudio format (a 178K download):
We decided to run a 30 second radio ad rather than a
60 second ad,
to be able to run it more often. So this is an
of Betsey's ad, but very effective, we think. Thanks,
And thanks everyone for the great submissions.
The ad campaign will ramp up in January. We've just
Perhaps the biggest impact of our work is that our
helped catalyze other mainstream coalition efforts.
we are founding members of the Win Without War
has received a tremendous amount of media coverage,
recent piece in Salon. Here's an excerpt:
THE ANTIWAR MOVEMENT GOES MAINSTREAM
Salon.com / December 12, 2002
by Michelle Goldberg
"The Win Without War coalition includes the National
Churches, NOW, NAACP, the Sierra Club, MoveOn,
Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities, Physicians
Responsibly and Veterans for Common Sense. Taken
groups represent a vast swath of America -- the
National Council of
Churches alone indirectly represents 50 million
congregants -- and
they aim to channel their millions of members into
"The broad-based support for Win Without War's
evident in the fundraising to disseminate it.
MoveOn, an online
progressive organization that formed to fight
impeachment, solicited donations on its Web site to
pay for the
New York Times ad, which cost $40,000. In less than
it had raised $370,000.
Of course, the American public has always been very
the Bush administration's obsession with Iraq.
Efforts by elements
of the administration to sell this war are simply not
A recent poll by the LA Times shows a remarkable
erosion of public
support, highlighting that "Only 26% said they were
support war if the United States acted alone."
(See the complete USA Today article below.)
Opposition to war in Iraq is broad and mainstream.
There is good
news for the coming New Year: the American people do
a uni-lateral, pre-emptive war.
We will not stand idly by. Thanks for all you do.
And Happy New Year,
December 26, 2002
P.S. To sign the "Let the Inspections Work" petition
Contributions to support our efforts can be made at
POLL: BUSH HASN'T MADE CASE FOR IRAQ WAR
USA Today / December 17, 2002
LOS ANGELES (APOnline) -- More than two-thirds of
the Bush administration has failed to make its case
that a war
against Iraq is justified, according to a poll by the
Times published Tuesday.
Ninety percent of respondents said they don't doubt
developing weapons of mass destruction. But without
from U.N. inspectors, 72% of respondents, including
Republicans, said the president has not provided
to justify starting a war.
The Times poll, which interviewed 1,305 adults
conducted from Thursday to Sunday, in the week after
over its massive report on its arsenal to the United
margin of error was plus or minus 3 percentage points.
Support for a possible war appears to be weakening,
with 58% saying
they support a ground attack on Iraq, according to the
poll. In an
August Times poll, 64% said they would support a
In January, the Times and other polls found support
action more than 70%.
Yet almost three-quarters of Americans support the way
handling the threat of terrorism, and nearly three in
how he's handling the country's affairs.
Sixty-three percent of those polled said war would be
only if the United Nations finds a pattern of serious
by Iraq. Only 22% agreed with the administration's
any error or omission in Iraq's arms declaration is
justify war; 6% said it would depend on the nature of
and 9% said they were not sure or declined to reply.
If U.N. inspections fail to find evidence of Iraqi
programs, almost half said they would oppose war. Only
favor war, and 10% said they were undecided. Only 26%
were willing to support war if the United States acted
Respondents also believe war would have serious
at home and abroad. Sixty-seven percent said war would
increase the threat of terrorist attacks in the United
51% said they feel it would destabilize the Middle
45% said it will adversely impact the U.S. economy.