A couple points on ‘Protest Weekend’: one, I did a quick mental calculation and more people see WVU play football on any given Saturday afternoon than showed up to these rallies and second, I’d feel a whole lot more comforted if the same type of rallies were happening on the other team’s side in Damascus, Lebanon, and Tehran. (On that note, we could save on resources and just send all the ‘No killing innocent people to those rallies as well)
It seems odd to me that in arguing against the US; it places these goons, uh sorry, guys defending people like Saddam Hussein with comments like “The Iraqi people were better off before the US got there.” To be honest, I don’t know the particulars on Iraq but most of the news stories coming out of the country reference ‘insurgents’ and non-Iraqis doing most of the killing, bombing and destruction.
Just once, I’d like to see a War Rally that protests insurgents coming into Iraq or protests anyone putting down road side bombs or blowing up Mosques. Yeah, they could have signs – ‘Let the Iraqis get organised, don’t make bombs’ or ‘Bring your boys home and let us finish what we started.’
I’m not unreasonable so what about a sign during the ‘Anti-Insurgent’ protest that says something like, ‘Take three years off, let us prepare, and then come back.’? Personally, I think the last one is a great sign.
The whole point is that everyone wants our troops to come home. Oddly, the argument saying ‘No War for Oil’ has disappeared and now the argument is all about the Iraqi people, but from my best understanding the problems are with people who aren’t from Iraq. Thus, my new idea for protests.
Like all good games (basketball, baseball, rugby, US football) it’s always better to see a good rivalry and two evenly matched teams, which is why I want the three year break. During the three years, the US and coalition folks train the Iraqis and get the heck out of dodge (we can test if we’re true to our word or really there for some other strategic reason). The Iraqis start running the country their way, practice, become stronger and get ready for the game.
Then bring on the other team. I put my money on the Iraqis any day and it’s a fair fight. Or even better, there is no second time and we call this thing a draw.