Thursday, September 22, 2005

The Anti-War Crowd

The "S24" anti-war protest is supposed to take place tomorrow in Washington, D.C. The protest seems to be a result of the "grassroots" movement that essentially hit the mainstream with Cindy Sheehan. But Captain's Quarters has something worth knowing about the protest:

"The groups that will gather in Washington DC for a major anti-war protest this weekend have financial ties to major leftist fundraisers like George Soros and Theresa Heinz Kerry, and beyond them to communist organizations and radical left-wing groups, the Washington Times reports today. The conduits for the rallies appear to be the ubiquitous front groups International ANSWER and the UPJ."

More, from the Washington Times:

"The leaders of ANSWER, founded three days after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, are connected to the Workers World Party, a Marxist group that has expressed support for such dictators as North Korea's Kim Jong-il, Yugoslavia's Slobodan Milosevic and Iraq's Saddam Hussein... Other groups associated with ANSWER are the Free Palestine Alliance, U.S.-Mexico Solidarity Foundation and the Muslim Student Association of the U.S. and Canada."

This information should not be a surprise to anyone who has looked at this new anti-war movement closely. The harsh rhetoric of its leaders has almost implied association with groups such as ANSWER. Yet as Captain's Quarters points out, this doesn't mean that everyone who attends these rallies lacks sincerity in the message. It would behoove them to know, however, that their association with such gruops will eventually destroy their credibility. And once their credibility is gone, their arguments will no longer have a place in the discussion.

Speaking of the anti-war crowd, Ellen Knickmeyer of the Washington Post is making her best case for enemy combatant status. She wrote on Monday:

"The fact that American forces still attack entire cities and towns in the west is a sign of how much territory remains out of U.S. and Iraqi government control, said Abu Hatem Dulaimi, a member of the Zarqawi-allied Ansar al-Sunna Army. 'I can say that the legend of the undefeated U.S. Army is gone, owing to our rockets and mines, which are separating them from it day after day,' Dulaimi said in a telephone interview. 'If they bet that time will be the way to end the resistance, they are wrong, because we are stronger since a year ago or maybe more.'

Twenty-five members of Ansar al-Sunna killed themselves and others in suicide attacks last month, he said, and 53 volunteers for suicide attacks have arrived since."

Does anyone esle find it disturbing that Knickmeyer went to a representative of the insurgency for her interview? I could be wrong, but I would consider going to the enemy as a source over our own military personnel to be bad journalism. Furthermore, according to our military commanders on the ground, this "information" relayed by Dulaimi is categorically untrue.

RealClearPolitics sums it up best: "There's nothing quite like getting your enemy's propoganda served up unfiltered in a major American daily newspaper."