January 20, 2003
White House Unconcerned By Anti-War Protests
The Bush administration was unswayed by this weekend's anti-war protests in Washington and elsewhere.
LABOR AND THE WAR for February 21, 2003
Bush Is Deaf to 8 Million Anti-War Voices,
Says He Alone Will Make Decision on Iraq
By Harry Kelber
In what was clearly a referendum of world public opinion, eight million people in 60 countries on five continents held marches and rallies on a single day, Saturday, Feb. 15, to register their impassioned opposition to a U.S.-led war against Iraq. It was the largest global anti-war protest ever.
President George Bush dismissed the event as having no influence on his military plan to rid Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction. In his first comment after the worldwide demonstrations, Bush said: “Size of protest — it’s like deciding, well, I’m going to decide policy based on a focus group,” adding, “The role of a leader is to decide policy based upon the security, in this case, the security of the people.”
What the President is telling us is that he, and he alone, will decide when and how to go to war against Saddam Hussein, and no amount of public criticism or opposition from within the United Nations will deter him.
Do I really need to go on? Has Bush made one significant gesture towards any of the people who have felt a conscientious need to speak out?