Monday, August 11, 2008

Russia is killing Georgians: whither anti-war groups?

With the exception of Human Rights Watch, anti-war organizations are more anti-American than anti-war; more anti-capitalism than anti-war; more anti-Israel than anti-war. Their non-reaction to Russia's murderous invasion - including failing to take the simplest possible step of protesting on their web sites (God forbid they actually issue press releases) - is a revealing moment. Are they hoarding their outrage in case the U.S. tries to help the Georgian people? Will they then criticize America for sending supplies and evil ammunition? Are they, like Barack in his initial statement on the matter, still trying to figure out if Russia is in the right and Georgia is in the wrong? Would they ever grant America such latitude? Tigerhawk:
... the Russians have no meaningful justification....

That caused me to wonder, where are the anti-war groups?

Well, as of this morning, you can find no mention of the war on A.N.S.W.E.R.'s home page. The group is addressing many other pressing matters, but apparently not the unremitting attack on Georgia. Code Pink? Nyet. Democracy Now!, which is a left-wing media group, has lots of news about American wars on its web page but nothing about Russia or Georgia. Nothing from the comrades at Peace Action. Stop the War Coalition? What war? You can search the home pages of left-wing groups until the cows come home and not find anything on the Russo-Georgia war.

C'mon guys, Human Rights Watch -- to its credit -- was all over this on Saturday with a boilerplate press release (although you would not know it from the scant press coverage it received, neither Israel nor the United States being involved). The least you can do is copy that one.

So far, at least, it is safe to conclude that these organizations are not so much anti-war as they are anti-American and anti-Israeli. It is useful to clear that up.

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