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What does it say about liberals or progressives when a major action is called in Chicago to oppose Obama's military surge in Afghanistan and maybe 100 people show up? What does it say when more than 200 come the day after the surge to express outrage but on the weekend, Saturday, there are less people than during the middle of the week?
What has happened to liberals and progressives?
All over the U.S. in the beginning of the week, between Black Friday and Dec 2nd, there were actions organized to bolster opposition to the Afghan war escalation that Obama was going to defend in his West Point speech on Tuesday. In total, there were thousands of people who came out to call for an end to the occupation of Afghanistan.
But, come Saturday, where were liberals and progressives? Where were the thousands who know this is wrong, who know this means tens of thousands of Afghanis are going to die along with a thousand more American soldiers?
Chicago has gotten 3,000-5,000 people downtown to oppose U.S. wars before. What is the reason for such an abysmal showing of liberal or progressive activists last weekend? And is this low turnout a symptom of a larger problem in America right now?
Sure, it was cold in Chicago. It's hard to build up an anti-war movement in the winter and this is the perfect time for an escalation. And, one must admit that those thousands of people have only come out to Chicago for perennial protests---marches that symbolically note that wars of occupation have been going on for six or seven or eight years.