posted on Sep, 12 2006 @ 10:34 PM
I think the short answer is, the american people don't want a peace movement.
If they did want one, you'd see it before the sun sets tomorrow night.
Most of us old enough to remember Vietnam remember the damage the peace movement did to our military's ability to do the job, and remember the aid
and comfort the Vietnamese admitted they got from the knowledge of a US domestic peace movement.
A lot of people are NOT against the war, regardless of what the media tries to manufacture. The army has met its recruitment goals for the year, and
for each of the past 15 months. That alone says it all.
The sixties might as well have been a thousand years ago. The issues are different today, and the old hippie mentality has proven not to hold the
answers people want.
A lot of people in America feel like the govt is on target enough; certainly not perfectly so, but good enough that there's no reason to choose
We were "at peace" when we were attacked on 9-11-01. As we were in 1993, when the trade towers were attacked the first time. So it's not JUST
about our stance regarding Israel----It's about us existing at all.
The terrorists are not motivated by economics or the redress of grievances; they want to see American civilians die. How is a "peace movement"
going to do anything but help them kill more Americans?
Naturally, other nations think our response is extreme or wicked; such impressions come easily to disinterrested observers. But as the terrorists
turn to other, "softer targets," it will be interesting to see if other countries persist in their calls for moderation. Americans put a high price
on their own dead.
And despite what others think of Bush, there have been no new embassy bombings; no more American warships have been blown up; no more planes hijacked
or skyscrapers demolished. Compare that with the previous administration, from 1992 to 2000, and you see how the two strategies compare.
Viewed in those terms, a "peace movement" seem worse than counterproductive, it seems like an invitation to the country's enemies.