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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.
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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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