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Why wasn't the war an issue in the election?

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Nor should we doubt the American people's willingness to make war an issue, once they've made up their minds about a war. The war-makers understand very well that they don't need public support to continue the war, only public confusion. For now, they operate under a temporary reprieve, relying on moral confusion about a supposed "good war" in Afghanistan. But the confusion will be cleared away, and support for the Afghanistan war will trend in only one direction: down.

In conclusion, public interest in war and peace issues is at a low ebb right now partly as a consequence of the peace-movement's success in helping to end the war that drew the greatest public opposition. All successful social movements experience similar moments of let-down at the partial accomplishment of their goals. If we can take a moment to step back and recognize our partial success, we can fight off the depression and frustration that prevents us from replicating that success: first with Afghanistan, and then by using the Iraq and Afghanistan experience to build a permanent antiwar majority. See Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice.

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Steve Burns is Program Director of Wisconsin Network of Peace a Justice, a coalition of more than 160 groups that work for peace, social justice and environmental sustainability.
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