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Our Moderate Antiwar Movement

The New York Times reports that antiwar folks are going mainstream and trying civility. Does this mean that they used to be confrontational extremists? Funny, I don’t remember reading that in the Times. One of the Times’s moderates is “Leslie Cagan, co-chairwoman of United for Peace and Justice, and a career political organizer.” David Horowitz, on the other hand, describes her as “a Sixties Marxist with a long history of supporting Communist causes.” He continues, “She was a member of the Venceremos Brigades organized by Cuban Intelligence. She was a member of the Committees for Correspondence, a faction of the Communist Party USA, and she is co-chair of the National Network on Cuba an organization whose purpose is propaganda and political support for the Castro dictatorship.” Horowitz also reminds us of an appearance by Cagan in the Times on Feb. 4. At that time, our moderate friend said, “If marches do not work, we will escalate. We will have to do things to disrupt the normal flow of life in this country.”

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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