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the protest round-up

I could sit here all day trying to prove the anti-war protesters to be fools, but they took care of that themselves in good fashion.

Asparagirl braved the cold and the crowds to take pictures of the NYC protests.

This one is my favorite. It was obviously put together by some seventh grade boys who giggled the entire time they come up with those slogans.

This one just shows how selfish the protesters are. Look at the litter. Look at the mess. I thought these people were enviro-friendly. Guess they can't handle more than one cause at a time.

gathering of photos on their blog. How do you define "peace rally?" Fire? Rock throwing? They must have taken cues from their beloved Palestians.

Over at the CNN gallery, we have a counter-protest; just a gentle reminder of what terrorism can do to a country.

Nothing shows your dedication to a cause like making your children freeze their asses off for your ideals.

Perry de Havilland covered the London protests and has some great comments to go along with his pictures. He describes the sea of protesters as "A rolling river of political incontinence."

Faith faced the freezing temps of NYC just for me so she could snap a few pictures. Not of the protest, but of the hypocrisy that was in clear abundance yesterday. First, she caught these picketers emptying out of an SUV, then she photographed for posterity the trail of litter these liberals left behind.

Charles at LGF shows a clear case of the stupidity and ignorance of the protesters, who clearly don't know anything about history.

John Little at Blogs of War covered the Houston protests, where he was joined by a Marine with an airhorn.

Feel free to add your links in the comments if you blogged about the protests.

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Comments

Hey, don't miss the story about the counter-protests in Britain by Iraqis who were appalled at the 'peace' protests. Notice there were few Iraqis at the 'peace' protests but they'll be there at the counterdemonstrations.

Oh, this is too much fun! Photoshop to the rescue!

More to come!

And

And who could ever forget the classic....

More lovely signs!

The thing is, the Kurds aren't really Saddam's "own people", are they? Also, it's pretty much been proven that Iran accidentally gassed the Kurds, not Iraq (Iraq did brutally supress the attempted Kurd and Shia "revolution" right after the Gulf War, with US permission).

Your photoshopping is cute, but could be more accurate and less emotional.

And the dorks holding the sign are "accurate and unemotional?"

...pretty much been proven that Iran accidentally gassed the Kurds...

Bullshit. You'd like to believe that but it's simply untrue.

I also posted about the marchers. I didn't even go through pictures taken by marchers to find the ridiculous ones. I only went through AP photos and found tons of messed up stuff.

http://www.chrisruzin.net/comments.php?id=P685_0_1_0

The "dorks" holding the signs feel strongly enough about the issue to go out and demonstrate. Why does everyone feel the need for name-calling? Can't we disagree without vitriol?

Parabellum - now that the fog of war has set in, who knows what's really true or untrue. It's just food for thought:

The Kurdish civilians who died had the misfortune to be caught up in that exchange. But they were not Iraq's main target.

Don't you think that by labeling all protesters as violent slobs and morons, you too are being stereotypical? And just because someone is against attacking Iraq on our own (without UN and NATO backing) doesn't mean they are for Saddam.
I was once one of those that would join in on the protest, but now that my fiance is being deployed, I have to support him, regardless of whether I think the whole thing is a bad idea or not. I am learning to see both sides of the picture.
I understand this is your site Michele, and just because I disagree with you doesn't mean I don't appreciate what you have to say. I know you are an extremely intelligent and willful woman. But I don't understand how you can be so tolerant of most people and their lifestyles, but have such animosity to those who choose to speak out against something they don't believe in.
Just curious....

"The thing is, the Kurds aren't really Saddam's "own people", are they?"

Riiiight, and the Jews and Gypsies weren't really Hitler's "own people", either, regardless of the fact that they lived in Germany and were German citizens.

"Own people" is fuzzy and intentionally misleading. We don't say "Hitler killed 6 million of his own people." We say, "Hitler killed 6 million Jews." Why not say "Saddam gassed the Kurds"?

The debate will be more useful if we use more precise language. And get drunk.

What the hell difference does it make whether the Kurds were Saddam's "own people" or not? He killed lots of them! Whether they were his own people or not is irrelevent.

Hey Blamb troll,

Did you protest when Clinton was bombing the crap our of the Serbians? I thought not. Did you protest when Clinton was about to attack Iraq? I thought not.
You and your ilk are just anti-Bush and the rest is just blather.

I find it really interesting all of the protest and moaning about the removal from power of one of the most vile of men on the planet. Why do these people have a problem with that? Would they if Clinton or Gore was the president? I somehow doubt it. This is why we are so critical of the protests. They are hypocritical in the extreme. Where were these hordes durning Clinton's many foreign adventures.

I added a little song parody today. I don't think Joanie will be singing my version in SF though.

The level of ignorance displayed at the protests is simply appalling. Makes me wonder we were that dorky and shallow in the 60's?

I dug out a box of 60's protests buttons...gonna scan some in and post them.

Feste,
I have come to the conclusion that, yes, we were that shallow and clueless... but the pot was better and we didn't have to worry about dying from having sex with that girl from Cleveland.

BillE - I'm not a troll! I'm not simply being inflammatory ... there's discussion here, I'm participating in a toughtful way, I think.

To you this may be a Bush/Clinton thing ... but I'm not from your land, so the issues aren't framed that way for me. I doubt they are for many of the people who marched yesterday. Not everything is right/left, black & white.

From Jennifer: "And just because someone is against attacking Iraq on our own (without UN and NATO backing) doesn't mean they are for Saddam."

Go back to Asparagirl's place and check out the sign that says "UN Inspectors Out of Iraq". I think we can agree that that is most certainly "Pro-Saddam".

It's funny, while I see your redneck "america right or wrong" warmonger attitudes on display... a gotta say... you are all such ignorant hypocrites... and if you need an explanation why, you really are as stupid as you sound.

"I find it really interesting all of the protest and moaning about the removal from power of one of the most vile of men on the planet. Why do these people have a problem with that? Would they if Clinton or Gore was the president? I somehow doubt it. This is why we are so critical of the protests. They are hypocritical in the extreme. Where were these hordes durning Clinton's many foreign adventures."

How do you know that? Prove to me that all (or even a majority) of the protesters were Anti-Bush simply because they support clinton/gore. Prove that it is nothing more than an ignorantly convenient assumption on your part to believe what you said.

Clinton/Gore is better than Bush only so much as amputation is better than death.

If you bothered to even research some of the protest's top organizers you would see that they really don't have much love for Clinton/Gore. The quest for truth and justice isn't swayed by devotion to a political candidate. Conversely, some people tend to be blinded by ideology so much to the point that they can't recognize truth. The conservative rantings I'm witnessing here fall into that category.

The CNN link photo actually made me want to vomit. (Thanks Michelle. Urp!) Apparently the murder of nearly 3000 human beings is some sad fucks' idea of political street theater.

What kind of souless creeps would take the time and effort to make (poorly) "World Trade Center being hit by jets" costumes and then have the complete lack of compassion, humanity and shame to wear them in public?

What the hell does dressing up as a mass murder event have to do with the cons (or pros) of invading Iraq? It surely is not a reasoned or honest expression of anti-war sentiments. Rather, it's an exercise in pure hatred masqurading as politically correct self-rightousness. The tower twins would have had one hell of a time at the Nuremburg rallies. (Maybe at the next "Peace" march they can go as matched pair of gas chambers.)

Those two half-witted, heartless clowns inside their crappy papier mache towers exemplify the phrase, "the banality of evil" and any "Peace" movement that has room for shitheads like them is a sham.

Earl,

Thank you for the kind, loving, and totally inaccurate words! As for being stupid, just remember next time that America is capitalized and "a gotta say" isn't really a sentence.

And does my accent when I type give away that I'm a redneck? Damn ya'll. And I was fixin' to go to the rodeo after the Daytona 500.

DUH!

OK. I re-read Michelle's comment preceeding the CNN link and just like Emily Litella, I realize I went off on a tirade without completely understanding...ok...make that completely misunderstanding. Those folks were reminding people of 9/11. I get it now. SORRY. I apologize abjectly. Even sorry to the leftie trolls out there.

Mmmm, crow...sure tastes good. (Feathers on the side)

But given the level of anti-American hatred free floating around the left these days, it's almost an honest mistake;)

Note to self: never post under own name.

Will you people PLEASE learn to close your tags? It's just NOT that hard.

Just a few of my personal observations from having walked around the vicinity of the madness. Michele is indeed 100% correct about at least two things re: the protests (I'm sure more, but my observations can only confirm 2), the vast majority of the signage was anti-Bush, and there were most definitely ANSWER folk milling about.

Watching these folk riding around in their SUVs with their Starbucks coffee and Eddie Bauer coats just made me sick to my stomach. They're out there protesting the very thing that allows them the right to do so whilst taking full advantage of all the comforts those rights bring.

For Ken:

I did not say all of them, now did I? I was not speaking of one person in particular. I for one, don't think the UN inspectors should get out of Iraq and I don't think the majority of the protesters do either. That is purely speculation. But one person in a sea of thousands was not what I was referring to.
BTW--the alleged SUV pic didn't look like an SUV to me, it looked like a mini-van.

--Prove to me that all (or even a majority) of the protesters were Anti-Bush simply because they support clinton/gore.

I don't have to prove a damn thing. Where were the protests when Clinton was bombing Serbia. If they are against war and bombing and not a bunch of raving hypocrites, then they would have been protesting then as well. But they were not. Where where the complaints about the warmongering Clinton when he was talking about attacking Iraq. Very little was heard. Thus, I conclude that this is all about hatred of Bush.
I also love how people assume from what people post here that they are conservative or rednecks. Is being pro-war in Iraq prima facie evidence that one is conservative. Talk about assumptions.

BillE, you still haven't proven anything. Your assumptions are purely that -- ASSUMPTIONS. Where were the protesters when Clinton bombed? There were some, not as many, but some. There should have been more. But you are comparing apples to oranges for the sake of your agenda. The situation was different, everything was different. If you can't recognize that you have some serious comprehension problems...

--If you bothered to even research some of the protest's top organizers

Sure I know all about Answer and how they are hard core Stalinists and all that. Still my point is valid. Where was the protest during the Clinton administration.

--The conservative rantings I'm witnessing here fall into that category.

What rantings. I haven't seen anyone post anything that could be construed in that way unless you regard supporting a war in Iraq conservative.

--The quest for truth and justice isn't swayed by devotion to a political candidate

The truth is that Islamists want to kill Infidels whether they are leftists or rightists, appeasers or advocates of proactive defense.

The situation was different, everything was different.

How is anything different? If war is bad, then war is bad, no matter who leads it. By the way, your choice of a nomiker says alot about your anti-Bush agenda.

If you can't recognize that you have some serious comprehension problems...

Then explain it to me Dubya. I haven't seen it yet.

What the hell is a nomiker?

I chose the name Dubya because I love the president. I have a thing for sociopathic captialist assholes.
Clinton was an asshole, I'll give you that. But this guy!? He's a fucking bitch!

Sorry, I meant to write moniker.

Well I guess that absolves you of the hypocrite status. What about the vast majority of the other protesters.

--sociopathic captialist assholes

Who has done more to expand government than any President since possibly Johnson.

BTW--the alleged SUV pic didn't look like an SUV to me, it looked like a mini-van.

Jennifer, the minivan was parked in the parking lot in front of the people paying $25 for parking their SUV for 3 hours, which is out of the picture. Scuse me for not rushing up to them with my camera and flashing it in their faces.

"the vast majority of the signage was anti-Bush, and there were most definitely ANSWER folk milling about."

Faith is absolutely right. I took more pictures than I even posted on my photoblog, and many, many of them were about Bush, the person, than they were about the war. I have photos still stored on my camera of a sign saying "Bush is a Fascist", photos of a guy dressed up in Bush masks with vampire teeth in, photos of "Bush is a terrorist" stuff, photos of people holding signs saying he wasn't elected and there was no mandate, photos of attacks on Bush's father (including one saying "Bush should pull out just like his father should have done" or something similiar). It was all about Bush. Some of the signs were so repetitive that I stopped taking photos so as not to use up too much space on my camera.

This discussion makes me really glad I froze my ass off (don't worry, I have plenty left!) to take those photos, since they provide proof that yes, the majority (not 100%, but at least 95%) of the people at that rally were utter dipshits who couldn't give a fuck about what the Iraqi people are going through, just about their obsession with and hatred for anything that Bush might conceivably do or not do (and their support for communist and socialist causes, and love for the UN and France, blah blah blah...).

These sorry excuses for drooling useful fools don't give arat's ass for peace. Does anyone believe they demonstrated against Saddam's invasion of Iran or Kuiwait? They are just your normal bunch of clueless idiots, lead by communists and hate america types. They were red diaper babies and remain such except now they leave their debris behind them.

Sorry Faith, it was a misunderstanding.

blamb

"Why does everyone feel the need for name-calling? Can't we disagree without vitriol?"
Tell that to the protesters. I do my protesting at the elections that way I don't deprive people of there RIGHT of freedom of movement.

Can't we all just get along on the internet?

i believe all these totally ignorant anti-war scum should have their sorry asses sent to iraq and left there, their stupidity is beyond belief. the so called hollywood "stars" need to keep their ridiculous mouths shut as well, no one with any sense gives a flying shit what some over paid idiot who does virtually nothing for a living has to say on this matter...if they want to voice their support of a pile of shit that pays for the deaths of innocent people in the great usa and other christian majority countries with his counrties oil loot and the support of garbage countries like france and germany then they should do it either to themselves or from saddams front yard where we can blow their sorry asses straight to hell along with the rest of the fanatical trash. GOD BLESS AMERICA!

Yyyyip, yew people are smart! Let's all go kill them Iraqis for oil!

Look, some of you must understand. We Kurds are not Iraqi's. We're Kurds. Myself as well as others are tired of being grouped in as iraq's to justify your war. Saddam is Arab. There's a big difference and thousands of years of history to back it up. Saddam was put in power by the Americans and the Americans taught them how to build chemical agents such as petral-chloride. That one attack in Halabja didn't kill that many. It was the two dedades of support the U.S. gave to the Iraqi's when we posed a threat to oil. My father and brother were killed by U.S. provided mortar and cluster bombs. Everything I see in the media seems to be a lie in reference to the atrocity. The Iranians warned us not to go back to the city because they were going to use cyanide gas on the iraqi soldiers but we didn't listen. Instead however, Halabja was bombarded with the gas, while the iraqi's had pulled out and the Kurds entered. The Iranians apologized and offered us aid but for many it was already too late. I suggest that anyone who truly wants to learn about the atrocity actually talk to those who were there. Politicians from Iran, Iraq, and United States all have their own stories but the Kurds can tell you what they saw because they were there.