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The Real Reasons behind the Peace Movement
The American Thinker ^ | March 20, 2006 | Vasko Kohlmayer

Posted on 03/20/2006 5:25:16 AM PST by Quilla

The third anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq was marked over the weekend by a wave of protests around the world. Most of the marches in America were spearheaded by United for Peace and Justice, the nation’s largest anti-war coalition.

United for Peace and Justice is a large umbrella association of more than thirteen hundred local and national groups who have joined together to protest the immoral and disastrous Iraq War and oppose our government’s policy of permanent warfare and empire-building.

The organization’s recent press release tells us of a massive effort planned for the week of March 15 – 22 during which it planned to be coordinating local events ‘as part of a nationwide week of action to end the Iraq war.’ More than 500 events were planned in all 50 states.

Needless to say, United for Peace and Justice has been responsible for some of the most visible peace campaigns in recent memory. Its website boasts that since its inception in October 2002, it

has spurred hundreds of protests and rallies around the country and organized the two largest demonstrations against the Iraq war.

Despite the variety of causes its member groups ostensibly espouse, most of them are well known for their enmity toward America and her capitalist society. They are led by such anti-establishment outfits as the Communist Party USA, Anti-Capitalist Convergence, Socialist Party USA, Anti-Imperialist News Service, Black Radical Congress and Workers Party.

There is something suspicious in all this. Why have all these radicals flocked to the peace movement when peacefulness has never been in their nature? In fact, they habitually advocate aggression as part and parcel of their campaigns. Their past behavior makes it indeed difficult to accept their present activism at face value. Clearly, there must be something else that appeals to them in this cause.

Whatever it is, we can be absolutely certain that it is not the good of this society which they make no secret of loathing. After all, these are the same people whose stated objective is the overthrow of the American system, which, they charge, is unjust, corrupt and generally injurious to everything that is wholesome in life. Their mission statements make this starkly clear:

• ‘We seek an end to the oppressive and destructive capitalist system’ (Anti-Capitalist Convergence).

• ‘We aim at overthrowing the capitalist-imperialist system altogether. The American people have no choice but to oppose U.S. imperialism’ (Workers Party USA).

• ‘Socialism is our vision for America’s future. We believe that socialism is the best replacement for a capitalist system that has served its purpose’ (Communist Party USA).

• ‘We will fight to advance beyond capitalism, which has demonstrated its structural incapacity to address basic human needs’ (Black Radical Congress).

• ‘To achieve a more just society, many structures of our government and economy must be radically transformed’ (Democratic Socialists of America).

• The imperialist ruling clique has made the U.S. into the world’s number one rogue state. In order to completely get rid of imperialist wars, the people will have to get rid of the imperialist system (International League of People’s Struggle).

Such subversive hopes were for a long time doomed to frustration. The fact that America gave rise to the most prosperous society in history translated into electoral stability which consigned extreme groups to the fringes of her politics.

But then an event took place which gave them new hope. On September 11, 2001, a band of Islamic fanatics managed to shake America to her foundations. The nation convulsed with chaos and fear as the World Center Towers tumbled down and New York became engulfed in a cloud of dust.

The devastation was not confined to that fateful day, however, but continued to mount for many months afterwards. So did the doubt and uncertainty. The plunge in the stock market set the country on a downward slide into recession at great cost in wealth and jobs.

But the material loss was only part of the damage, for the hijackers also struck at the very foundation of our system. Our bedrock principles – freedom, openness, trust – were also singed by the flames of those exploding airplanes. Even before the rubble was cleared, we had to reconsider some of our cherished assumptions and alter the way we go about our lives. The inherent danger is impossible to overstate, because this directly endangers the survival of American society as we know it.

With one audacious act, then, nineteen Arabic hijackers managed to rock the United States beyond the wildest dreams of even the boldest domestic radicals. This gave them new hope, for they suddenly realized that the country is not as invulnerable as it seemed. In a flash, Islamist fundamentalists became their closest ally in the anti-establishment crusade.

Recognizing the danger, the Bush administration mounted a relentless response and within three years destroyed most of al-Qaeda’s original leadership. But realizing that terrorism is only the symptom of a larger problem, the administration turned its attention to the breeding grounds from which its springs – repressive Middle-Eastern regimes. As it did so, it made it clear that it will use all means at its disposal – including war – to achieve its objective.

It is not surprising that our domestic radicals should be unsettled by this tough approach, given that Islamism represents their best chance of disrupting American society. It is therefore only natural that they would do everything in their power to oppose the administration’s effort. Hence their improbable zeal for the anti-war movement.

No one should be deceived about their real objective, which is not peace, but the protection of those who have the ability to destabilize the United States by terrorist subversion. By organizing large-scale protests, they try to weaken the government’s resolve to defend the system they themselves seek to undermine. The peace crusade – backed by nearly all of this country’s radical groups – is nothing more than a deliberate attempt to pursue their anti-American agenda under a veil of moral righteousness. This behavior is not unexpected, given that by virtue of their shared goal militant Islamists and this country’s radicals are operational allies.

We saw clear evidence of this in the pre-election message of Usama bin Laden which sounded almost like a rehash of Fahrenheit 9/11, the anti-war documentary by Michael Moore. So obvious was the resemblance that Moore taunted the President in an open letter posted on his website:

Hey, did you get the feeling that he had a bootleg of my movie? Are there DVD players in those caves in Afghanistan?

It is highly instructive that the man whose life’s mission is America’s destruction used the arguments of one of America’s loudest anti-war voices as the basis for his diatribe. But rather than feeling ashamed of this sordid rapport, Michael Moore was proud of it.

How have we arrived at this absurd situation? How is it that one of America’s most visible war opponents and the world’s most dangerous terrorist find themselves in such thorough agreement? Why do they both denounce the man who has been working so conscientiously to keep America from another terrorist inferno? And why is Michael Moore the more venomous of the two in his censure of Bush? How could have he become the propagandist for an apocalyptic psychopath who inflicted such a grievous injury on Moore’s own country? And how can Moore boast about providing talking points to the man who has cold-bloodedly murdered more than three thousand of his fellow citizens and would kill countless more if only he could?

The fact that the two espouse different ideologies does not stand in the way of this grotesque alliance born out of a shared hatred of America. All that matters at the moment is that in order to implement their respective visions the present establishment must be toppled first.

Moore’s movies and books make it clear that he is a radical socialist whose views are as extreme as those of the groups quoted above. His personal quest is fuelled by an all-consuming loathing of America’s capitalistic society which he dreams of bringing down. This is what makes bin Laden such a convenient ally. No one has expressed this truth better than bin Laden himself when he said:

The interests of Muslims and the interests of the socialists coincide in the war against the crusaders.

On 9/11 bin Laden and his cohorts showed an ability to destabilize the United States, which is why Moore and his friends at United for Peace and Justice are so intent on protecting them. The peace movement is their attempt to shackle those who want to fight back.

In the very country he seeks to obliterate, bin Laden has allies who share his views about its alleged wickedness. In one of his missives he told us:

You are the worst civilization witnessed by the history of mankind. The U.S. government is unjust, criminal and tyrannical.

Michael Moore could not agree more. After all, this is precisely what he has been telling us for the last five years, and nowhere has he said it more forcefully than in Fahrenheit 9/11. Is it any surprise, then, that bin Laden is such a fan?

It is understandable why many well-meaning citizens are worried about the course of this war, but they should carefully consider the manner in which they express their concerns. Above all, they should not fall for ploys of domestic radicals who seek to subvert America by limiting the government’s ability to fight the enemy whose consuming goal is our destruction.


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Excellent analysis.
1 posted on 03/20/2006 5:25:20 AM PST by Quilla
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To: Quilla

bump


2 posted on 03/20/2006 5:29:51 AM PST by lucyblue
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To: Quilla; Doctor Raoul

There was a booklet put out maybe about 3 years ago by David Horowitz and FrontPage Magazine titled, "who is behind the Anti-War Left" or something approximately like that.

It is of a piece with what you provided. Thanks for posting your article. 'Pod


3 posted on 03/20/2006 5:31:34 AM PST by sauropod ("War is the Devil's way of teaching Americans geography" - Ambrose Bierce)
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To: Quilla
No one has expressed this truth better than bin Laden himself when he said: The interests of Muslims and the interests of the socialists coincide in the war against the crusaders.

The money line.

Either you are with us or against us in the War on Terrorism and the Dems are slowly but surely drifting to the side of the terrorists. It is their Socialist, Anti-Capitalist and Anti-American roots that draw them there. They cannot be trusted with the security of this country.

4 posted on 03/20/2006 5:34:02 AM PST by InterceptPoint
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To: Quilla; prairiebreeze; onyx; ohioWfan; Texasforever; BigSkyFreeper; Tamzee; mrs tiggywinkle; Dog; ..

Good Read ping

Thanks for posting this, Quilla


5 posted on 03/20/2006 5:40:22 AM PST by Mo1 ("Stupidity is also a gift from God, but it should not be abused." Pope John Paul II)
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To: Mo1

Michael Moore is nailed.
Thanks for the ping!


6 posted on 03/20/2006 5:42:21 AM PST by onyx (IF ONLY 10% of Muslims are radical, that's still 120 MILLION who want to kill us.)
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To: Quilla
I followed his description and documentation of the antiWar protestors as being far more than they are being characterized in the media.

For sure these people are NOT simple peace protestors. I wish the media would get that straight. To call them peace protesters is grossly misrepresenting the obvious truth, especially for anyone who has FReeped/attending one of their rallys. They are angry subversives seeking the downfall of America as we know it!

But the author then seemed to go on and on once he started to pin the blame on 9/11. After he started pinpointing 9/11 as the genesis of all our troubles I kinda lost interest in his point.

7 posted on 03/20/2006 5:42:44 AM PST by ThirstyMan (hysteria: the elixir of the Left that trumps all reason)
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To: Quilla

bttt


8 posted on 03/20/2006 5:44:25 AM PST by ConservativeBamaFan (Ted Kennedy's car has killed more people than Dick Cheney's quail gun.)
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To: InterceptPoint

According to Drudge last night, the good news is that they called for massive rallies this weekend, and pratically noone showed up. And, Cindy Sheehan got herself arrestd recently in NYC before an audience of 20 people.


9 posted on 03/20/2006 5:48:40 AM PST by ClaireSolt (.)
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To: Quilla

When you boil it down, it always comes back to Marxism... socialism.


10 posted on 03/20/2006 5:49:55 AM PST by johnny7 (ďNah, I ainít Jewish, I just donít dig on swine, thatís all.Ē)
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To: lucyblue

ping


11 posted on 03/20/2006 5:51:04 AM PST by bcsco ("He who is wedded to the spirit of the age is soon a widower" - Anonymous)
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To: Quilla

Domestic treason is a greater danger to this country than any foreign terrorists ever spawned.


12 posted on 03/20/2006 5:54:13 AM PST by NaughtiusMaximus (DO NOT read to the end of this tagline . . . Oh, $#@%^, there you went and did it.)
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To: Quilla
Kinda preaching to the choir here at FR, however the message needs repeating.

I just wish the above article were made into a 5 minute major news segment on CBSNBCABCCNNPBS. I'm not holding my breath.

13 posted on 03/20/2006 5:55:32 AM PST by DoctorMichael (The Fourth-Estate is a Fifth-Column!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Quilla

Great Read


14 posted on 03/20/2006 5:58:19 AM PST by IrishMike (Dry Powder is a plus)
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To: Quilla

Never trust an opponent that does not have an alternative plan for the issue at hand.

The Democrats, dedicated liberals, mainstream media and political commentators all offer only criticism of the current state of affairs.

Hence, their agenda must be suspect.


15 posted on 03/20/2006 6:03:18 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (Many women will support Hillary based solely on her gender -- and it will be praised by the MSM.)
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To: Quilla
No one should be deceived about their real objective, which is not peace, but the protection of those who have the ability to destabilize the United States by terrorist subversion. By organizing large-scale protests, they try to weaken the government’s resolve to defend the system they themselves seek to undermine. The peace crusade – backed by nearly all of this country’s radical groups – is nothing more than a deliberate attempt to pursue their anti-American agenda under a veil of moral righteousness.

I've been shouting this from the rooftops for years. We need to stop calling them 'peaceniks', 'peace protesters' and the like. They have nothing to do with 'peace', except where it coincides with American capitulation.

16 posted on 03/20/2006 6:08:32 AM PST by Riley ("What color is the boathouse at Hereford?")
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To: Riley
Photos from the Los Angeles Anti-War Protest, March 18, 2006.


17 posted on 03/20/2006 6:18:00 AM PST by Quilla
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To: Quilla

This is a well done article, thanks!


18 posted on 03/20/2006 6:21:06 AM PST by Darnright (Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic.)
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To: Mo1

Their mission statement is over 40 years old.


19 posted on 03/20/2006 6:32:33 AM PST by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity.)
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To: Quilla

bttt


20 posted on 03/20/2006 6:35:23 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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