In politics it is important to call things by their right names. Otherwise you are fooling yourself with other people's propaganda. The press is reporting Saturday's "Stop the War" demonstration in Washington as though it was a peace march. Of course it was no such thing. It was a regrouping of the Communist left, the same left that supported Stalin and Mao and Ho. Indeed, this Communist left, organized by Ramsey Clark and his cohorts even supports Slobodan Milosevic, and of course Saddam Hussein. They are not pacifists and they are not peaceniks. They are anti-American radicals whose dream is a Communist revolution in America but whose immediate agenda is to force America's defeat in the war with terror we are now in.
Even the signs saying "Jobs Not War" are telltale signs of their Communist roots. (And of course this does not mean that the Communist Party itself organized the march ---- although it supported it. That was done by the Workers World Party, a self-styled Marxist revolutionary organization.) "Peace, Jobs and Democracy" was the Communist slogan in the first May Day parade I participated in - 1948. Of course anyone can be for jobs and most of us want to avoid war if possible. The theme of the 1948 May Day parade was stopping America's efforts to prevent Stalin from marching all over Europe. "We don't want another war" - its slogan - meant we don't want Harry Truman's Cold War against the Communist conquest of Eastern Europe.
The Communist left also opposed "American militarism" in the 1930s to prevent the West from stopping Hitler. Their tune changed of course when Hitler attacked his ally, the Soviet Union, in 1941. The Communist "New Left" also opposed the Vietnam War, not because it opposed war, but because it wanted the North Vietnamese Communists to win. The success of the anti-Vietnam left resulted in the deaths of two and a half million people in Indo-China who were slaughtered by the Marxists after the "peace movement" forced America's withdrawal.
The real meaning of slogans like "Jobs Not War" is that America is the axis of evil that is plotting war. That the "greatest terrorist state" in the world, in Noam Chomsky's words is the USA. We are the Great Satan and we deserve to be attacked. This is the real message of the so-called peace movement, often covertly and disingenuously expressed. But it is its message nonetheless. It is a movement of by and for America's enemies within.
The fact that a movement of America-hating communists, who regard their own country as the enemy and who sympathize with America's terrorist adversaries should be able to marshal 100, 000 activists is a cause for concern. The communist New Left left was not able to organize such large demonstrations in support of the Communists in Vietnam until the draft was instituted in 1964. We have no draft in this country now. The size of these demonstrations is a reflection of the growth of a treacherous anti-American radicalism in this country that has no Communist Party per se, but is just as dedicated to America's destruction. The fact that the new technologies of war make it possible for terrorist groups both foreign and domestic to inflict enormous damage on industrial democracies like ours, and that our borders are porous and our security capabilities wanting, underscores the daunting dangers posed by this internal threat.
That the desire to hurt this country and its citizens is uppermost in the protesters minds was manifest in their reactions at the Washington march. According to the Los Angeles Times the demon singled out by the demonstrators for the greatest opprobrium was Attorney General John Ashcroft - the man responsible for the security of 300 million Americans: "The most unpopular figure of all appeared to be John Ashcroft, the U.S. attorney general. The mere mention of his name prompted boos to swell from the crowd, followed by semi-obscene chants." The hatred of John Ashcroft reflects the demonstrators' hatred for the American government and for the ordinary Americans whom our government protects. Their agenda is to weaken America's defenses from within. The question is: will we let them?