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Anti-Antiwar Propaganda
International News & Opinion
Peace kooks
The new antiwar movement is in danger of being hijacked by bizarre extremist groups -- and most protesters don't even know it. - By Michelle Goldberg,, 16 Oct 2002

"Peace kooks" lash back, and Salon's reporter responds.

The antiwar movement goes mainstream
Groups like NOW, the Sierra Club and the National Council of Churches -- plus a raft of celebrities -- reach out to Middle America as they denounce a preemptive, unilateral war with Iraq. -- By Michelle Goldberg,, 12 Dec 2002

Intolerance on the left
Michael Lerner, liberal rabbi and harsh critic of Ariel Sharon, finds himself blacklisted by ANSWER, the group co-sponsoring Sunday's big antiwar rally in San Francisco. - By Michelle Goldberg,, 12 Feb 2003

Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of the liberal Tikkun magazine, signed the Not In Our Name statement, but agrees that a serious movement can't be built on its organizers' ideology. "Any antiwar movement that's going to be successful is going to have to acknowledge the evil in Saddam Hussein and the legitimate fears people have about his misuse of weapons of war," he says. "Otherwise you're going to have just the lunatic fringe, people who hate America so much that they are unable to communicate with rest of the American population. That antiwar movement would be a sideshow." - Peace Kooks, Michael Goldberg,, Oct 16, 2002
Mother Jones
America's Age of Empire: The Bush Doctrine
Strike first. Act alone. Ignore consequences. Bush's new foreign policy doctrine is as dangerous as the threats it seeks to confront. - By Todd Gitlin. January/February 2003 Issue  

 Getting Real: Who Will Lead
 An antiwar movement is finally, thankfully stirring. But the ideology-bound leaders of that movement are steering it away from the millions of Americans whose concerns and ambivalence might fuel it. - By Todd Gitlin November/December 2002 issue

Those picket signs [that say 'No Sanctions! No Bombings] are emblematic of a refusal to face a grotesque world. They express a near-total unwillingness to rebuke Saddam Hussein, and a rejection of any conceivable rationale for using force. The left-wing sectarians who promote 'NO SANCTIONS, NO BOMBING' don't want the US, or anyone, to lift a finger on behalf of the Kurds -- to whom you might think we have a special responsibility, since our government invited them to rise up in 1991. - Getting Real: Who Will Lead, by Todd Gitlin

The Nation
Debating the Antiwar Movement, by David Corn
"I earned my place in his [Alexander Cockburn's] crosshairs by writing a piece for LA Weekly, noting that the antiwar demonstration held in Washington on October 26 had been mostly organized, via front groups, by the Workers World Party, a small, revolutionary-socialist sect that hails the North Korea of Kim Jong Il and calls for abolishing all private property. Consequently, the WWP controlled the agenda of the demonstration and placed before the microphones speakers who issued a variety of tangential, far-left demands: smash capitalism, release imprisoned Cuban spies and free former Black Panther H. Rap Brown, convicted earlier this year of murdering a sheriff's deputy. Also, since the WWP takes the position that targets of US imperialism deserve full solidarity, it opposes weapons inspections in Iraq. So there was little give-inspections-a-chance talk from the stage. [Cockburn said that David Corn was part of the anti-antiwar movement]

After that protest [January 15, 2003], he [Rabbi Lerner] told The New York Times, "There are good reasons to oppose the war and Saddam. Still, it feels that we are being manipulated when subjected to mindless speeches and slogans whose knee-jerk anti-imperialism rarely articulates the deep reasons we should oppose corporate globalization." The Banning of Rabbi Lerner, by David Corn
The New York Times
National Desk | January 24, 2003, Friday
THREATS AND RESPONSES: DISSENT; Some War Protesters Uneasy With Others
Late Edition - Final , Section A , Page 12 , Column 4

ABSTRACT - Attendance at antiwar rallies in Washington and San Francisco over weekend was in tens of thousands, and reflected mix of views that span social and political spectrums; protest organizers say presence of labor unions, religious groups. business people and soccer moms shows growing mainstream opposition to war; but behind scenes, some protesters are questioning whether message of opposing war with Iraq is being tainted or diluted by other causes espoused by International Answer, protest organizer (M) After a weekend of antiwar protests that many participants say signaled an expansion of public opposition to military action against Iraq, some organizers are facing criticism, much of it from within the movement, about the role played by their group, International Answer...
 "The bannning" of Rabbi Lerner  
Don't take the bait by Bill Onash


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