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Why the Silence on Escalation?

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Last week, President Obama announced 30,000 more troops will be sent to Afghanistan to support a war that has continued eight years and has little public support in America. Almost half of Americans oppose the escalation, before it has even begun.

Public outcry was rapidly mobilized, and a rally was organized at the White House yesterday afternoon. The protest was announced by AfterDowningStreet, and promoted by dozens of other peace groups. There was an all-star cast of speakers, including Dennis Kucinich, Ralph Nader, Cynthia McKinney, Mike Gravel. The most stirring speech - impassioned, coherent, and articulate - was delivered by David Swanson.

There were about 200 people attending the rally, by my estimate.

Why have so few come out to protest the war? (For comparison, in 1969, when about 2/3 of the country opposed our presence in Vietnam, more than half a million people gathered on the Capitol Mall to demand peace.)

We invite your comments. Most valuable would be personal testimonies: Where do you stand on the Afghan escalation? How have you communicated your views, and to whom? If you were not at the White House yesterday, why not?

 

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I've given this a lot of thought lately, since I'm... by Scott Baker on Sunday, Dec 13, 2009 at 2:42:23 PM
As noted by the WarPo, it was only:Hundreds protes... by Better World Order on Sunday, Dec 13, 2009 at 8:40:30 PM
...and the documents and videos you've put togethe... by Josh Mitteldorf on Sunday, Dec 13, 2009 at 10:51:36 PM
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but regarding the Committees of Correspondence and... by GLloyd Rowsey on Monday, Dec 14, 2009 at 5:53:25 AM
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More than likely, because it was 25 F in the Midwe... by Dak on Monday, Dec 14, 2009 at 11:07:09 AM
This is what I think for whatever it might be wort... by Michael Fairfax on Monday, Dec 14, 2009 at 11:28:48 AM
I think most people have gotten tired of demonstra... by Bill Samuel on Monday, Dec 14, 2009 at 11:52:49 AM
I think that so many people listen only to mainstr... by Linda Ferland on Monday, Dec 14, 2009 at 1:11:17 PM
here anymore, but if you check my last diary, you'... by Daniel Geery on Monday, Dec 14, 2009 at 1:17:00 PM
Want to know why I wasn't there?I live on the West... by John Lorenz on Monday, Dec 14, 2009 at 8:40:07 PM
that even strong liberals, back in 2001, supported... by JimZ on Tuesday, Dec 15, 2009 at 1:20:59 PM