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February 17, 2003

Some call it treason

I am wondering what the 'peace through war' conservatives are making of the mass demonstrations against war with Iraq by the coalition of the willing. We know their frame of reference is the mob, giving support Saddam, and its a contest between good v. evil---or the new new order is divided into civilized and uncivlized nations according the delightful Peggy Noonan.

And treason? It has yet to be publicly mentioned in Australia. But it has been mentioned in the US; in this editorial by the The New York Sun.

The reasoning goes like this. First, 'There can be no question at this point that Saddam Hussein is an enemy of America. Iraq was the only Arab-Muslim country that did not condemn the September 11 attacks against the United States.' Then, 'And there is no reason to doubt that the anti-war protesters we prefer to call them protesters against freeing Iraq are giving, at the very least, comfort to Saddam Hussein.' Saddam has said so.

Then the inference that there 'So the New York City police could do worse, in the end, than to allow the protest and send two witnesses along for each participant, with an eye toward preserving at least the possibility of an eventual treason prosecution.'

Okay so its a bit tongue in check. The New Police Department would not have the manpower to put the advice into action. Just the Sun being provocative and stirring the liberals says the WSJ online Best of the Web column. And they suceeded, judging by the reaction of those aim to counter rhetoric with reason.

But they document the history of this since 9/11. Behind the joke is a serious charge. It is made explicit by David Horowitz. In his, The march to save Saddam, he says the those marching aagains the war with Iraq are the enemy within.

'Today's "peace" movement -- the innocent-intentioned along with the malevolent rest -- is a fifth column army in our midst working for the other side. Already their leaders have warned that if the United States remains determined to oppose this totalitarian evil and stay its intended course, they will act within our borders to "disrupt the flow of normal life" and sabotage the war. This is ultimately the most ominous threat Americans face. Abroad we can conquer any foe. The real danger lies at home.'

No having a bit of fun there. Horowitz means every word.

And Australia? My judgement is that the prowar conservatives in Australia are thinking this but they not saying it publicly, yet.

Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at February 17, 2003 11:11 PM


Gary, you just wait and see. Tim Blair is already pushing it close to the edge. IMHO, these folks just can't wait for the True Parents to tie the peace movement & the U.N. up to the proverbial radiator and give it a good caning! www.moonieworld.blogspot.com

Posted by: ausyankee at February 18, 2003 09:04 AM

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