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Large crowds in the neighborhood, but from the vantage point of a dense mass of people jam-packed in Second Avenue in the high 50s, it was quite impossible to say how many. Trying to get anywhere near the ‘official’ demonstration site on 49th Street and First Avenue was beyond me and, it seemed, many others.

Plenty of ANSWER banners and, in a surprising echo of countless demonstrations in the UK, placards bearing the logo of the Socialist Worker Party – stalwarts of Britain’s hard left happenings for decades.

Also there for the picking, leaflets from the Revolutionary Internationalist Movement. Their “vital Marxist-Leninist-Maoist viewpoint?”

“There is growing anger, rebellion and resistance around the world – and this is excellent!”


France Loves Tyrants



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Zimbabwe News reprints an article from the Guardian detailing how France is unilaterally undermining the European Union’s attempt to put pressure on Robert Mugabe. The French policy can’t be explained as stemming from anti-Americanism, since the U.S. is uninvolved. France is not merely an old country, it is senile.

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Popular Front



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If there’s one thing that the French can agree on it’s their dislike of America. In anticipating today’s demonstrations in France the Financial Times notes that “members of Mr. Le Pen’s National Front are also expected to join the protests alongside Greens, Socialists and the three main trade union federations.”

Web Briefing: October 21, 2014

Souvenirs De Paris



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Dominique de Villepin was proud yesterday to say that the stance he was taking in the UN came from “an ‘old country’, France, from a continent that has known war, occupation, barbarity; an old country that does not forget.”

Speaking of the French ruling class of an earlier time, Talleyrand, a somewhat shrewder French diplomat, put it rather better:

“Ils n’ont rien appris, ni rien oublié.”

That is, clearly, still true. Or as the French like to say:

“Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose”


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Che!



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To say that all today’s anti-war protestors have an agenda far removed from the ‘peace’ that they proclaim would, of course, be unfair. Still, it says something that the first two demonstrators I saw this morning (I live not far from where the New York City protest is scheduled to take place) were two tatty ageing veterans of the 1960s both wearing tatty ageing symbols of that era’s carnage chic – badges honoring Che Guevara.

On second thoughts, this was, perhaps, only appropriate. Guevara was a warmonger and a terrorist and he was, it has to be admitted, rather popular with the French.


Doggone Joe



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D.C. Not First



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Ground Rules For War Coverage



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A Reader Points Out



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To Be in The Mind of a Washington Post Editor...



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The Washington Post’s love story for Valentine’s Day: a the (kinda) lesbian love affair of a transsexual with a “FREE LEONARD PELTIER” bumper sticker. They were “mistakenly” Maryland’s first same sex union…except not really.

Kinda Amusing



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Watching antiwar protesters in Paris, marching past a GAP.

Al Qaeda in Iran?!!!???!!!



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Re: Peacenik Crunchies



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<----(That sounds like what Girl Scouts in Vermont sell at cookie time.)

But Kathryn, Julie fought back. She told them some people in the CSA believe in this war and enjoy delicious organic produce, so knock off the politicking on a veggie listserv. She was seconded by a woman with a New York Times e-mail address, who said she didn’t agree with Julie on the war, but very much agreed that the organic veggie list was no place for political propagandizing. I say crunchy-cons gots to fight for the right to be Right!

Orange Madness



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Rod, I don’t know if this would make you calmer or more anxious: travelling through midtown Manhattan and beyond tonight I saw exactly once law-enforcement authority of any type: a girl cop on the phone in an enclosed booth outside one of the tunnels. (The only time I was especially bothered by it was when the Ryder truck illegally parked outside Grand Central Terminal and no one was around to check on it!)

Tariq Aziz Snubs Israeli Journalist



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Re: Peacenik Crunchies



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Rod, Can I say I told you so? I so saw that coming the day i said “geez, that’s so lefty!” (For close crunchy con watchers, that was an outing. If you have no idea what we are talking about, go on with you life and forget about it.)

Funny, Their Borders Weren’t Always Closed



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Austria won’t let us transport troops across its territory. Austria says their constitution won’t let them do this without UN approval. Maybe so, but it occurs to me that Austria hasn’t always been unwelcoming to foreign armies. When Nazi troops marched across the Austrian border to absorb that nation into the Reich, Vienna swooned. Hitler recalled his reception thus: “Certain foreign newspapers have said that we fell on Austria with brutal methods. I can only say; even in death they cannot stop lying. I have in the course of my political struggle won much love from my people, but when I crossed the former frontier (into Austria) there met me such a stream of love as I have never experienced. Not as tyrants have we come, but as liberators.”

Sounds Like a Coca-Cola Commercial



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When Crunchy Meets Con



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Uh oh, it seems like the crunchy is meeting the con in my neighborhood. Our community-supported agriculture group is starting to send out peacenik info on the listserv. I was not aware that an appreciation of delicious organic fruits and vegetables implied a position one way or another on the war. Leave it to the Left to politicize everything, including broccoli.

The Grunt Padre



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Tired of wusses in the pulpit, and ministers who sneer at soldiers? Check out the life story of Fr. Vincent Capodanno, a Marine Corps chaplain who died a hero in Vietnam, beloved by all his men, Catholic and non-Catholic alike. I just talked to his biographer, Fr. Daniel Mode, who told me that in researching his book, he was astonished by the veterans, both Catholic and non-Catholic, who have such vivid, powerful memories of being in the presence of brave Fr. Capodanno. In his final moments, during a firefight, the chaplain had had his face wounded and his hand nearly blown off, but he refused treatment so he could pray and attend to the wounded and dying. He died on the battlefield, taking care of a wounded Marine.

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