Around the world today, protestors gathered to condemn President Bush for considering military action against Saddam Hussein’s tyrannical Iraqi regime.
In Washington, D.C., Rev. Jesse Jackson declared, “if we launch a pre-emptive strike on Iraq, we lose all moral authority.” He did not mention whether or not that strategy worked well for the Kurds.
In Amsterdam, protestor Renas Arif told the Associate Press that he was opposed to Saddam, and he was opposed to a strike against Saddam. Clever.
In Baghdad, Hussein allowed twelve anti-U.S. activists to protest in front of U.N. offices, although earlier in the week he had guards shoot warning shots over the heads of demonstrators that he didn’t agree with. All twelve of today’s protestors were Americans.
In Berlin, pacifist German lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele told demonstrators that a U.S. war against Iraq is “unjustified.” Hitler would certainly have agreed.
In Stockholm, the leader of Sweden’s former communist Left Party, Gudrun Schyman, declared that, “Saddam Hussein is one of the absolutely worst dictators in the world today…but that doesn’t justify the U.S.A.’s war plans.”
“You don’t disarm a regime by conducting an armed war,” she added. Ms. Schyman did not offer to march into Baghdad herself, unarmed, and show the world exactly how one goes about disarming a regime.
The only thing the San Franciscan protestors had to add to all this was, “One, two, three, four, we don’t want your racist war!” Yawn.
Aziz al-Taee, spokesman for the Iraqi-American Council, didn’t seem to understand what the fuss was all about. “I think America is doing just fine…We think every day Saddam stays in power, he kills more Iraqis.”
Aw, what does he know, anyway?