September 26, 2005
Iraqi resistance earns world’s respect By John Catalinotto Workers World Party Published Sep 22, 2005 In the more than two years since they began an armed struggle against the illegal U.S. occupation of their country, the Iraqi resistance has earned the respect of the world’s people. Not only throughout Arab and Muslim lands, but at gatherings like the World Social Forum in India and Brazil, references to the Iraqi resistance were cheered. Spokespeople for the anti-globalization movement like Arundhati Roy as well as Marxists openly call for solidarity with the Iraqi resistance. It is easy to understand why the Iraqi fighters have earned this solidarity. And it is time to extend the same solidarity from the anti-war movement here. In April and May of 2003, Donald Rumsfeld’s strategy of “shock and awe” appeared to have worked. Overwhelming U.S. military technology, with its modern “blitzkrieg,” was supposed to destroy the Iraq state and force the people to submit. Washington would then rule a docile Iraq and intimidate the world into following U.S. dictates. Any defiant nations, which Bush called the “axis of evil,” could expect the same “shock and awe.” Iran and Syria were nearby targets. North Korea, Cuba and Venezuela were on the list. Zimbabwe came under pressure, too. Even China was threatened with being surrounded by U.S. military bases. It was a grandiose plan. Once underway, it would mean the death of millions of people, including tens of thousands of GIs. Fortunately for the world, the Iraqis refused to be a subject people and never let the plan get underway. The collective sacrifice of the Iraqi people has changed the balance of power in the world. It has weakened U.S. imperialism, especially its most aggressive elements, and encouraged defiance to U.S. dictates on every continent. Now the Pentagon has problems recruiting enough soldiers to occupy Iraq, let alone conquer the world. U.S. threats to bomb Iran or Korea must still be taken seriously, as should threats to assassinate popular leaders like Hugo Chávez of Venezuela. But where will the Pentagon find willing troops for new invasions? The same enemy It is appropriate, too, that the U.S. anti-war movement, especially the serious opponents of imperialism, think of the Iraqi resistance as an important ally. Recent events, including the Camp Casey struggles and Hurricane Katrina, have shown that some anti-war forces have already moved toward this position. A dynamic sector of the anti-war movement now consists of “gold star” parents. It is a remarkable gain in political consciousness that the mother of a fallen GI from Baltimore, in the midst of grieving over her loss, can speak publicly of her understanding of why the Iraqis would fight to drive out the occupier. Then there was Hurricane Katrina. The Bush regime was caught. It had stolen funds from levee repair to pay for the war. It criminally neglected to rescue those caught in the disaster. Millions now see that the government in Washington neither represents nor cares for the poorest sections of the U.S. working class, which are predominately African American and other people of color. It is a racist regime that sends its troops to kill people, not to save them. The blows the Iraqi resistance strikes against the occupation are not blows against the U.S. population. On the contrary, weakening the regime in Washington strengthens the movement here for equality, for workers’ rights and to end the war. The population here and the Iraqis there have the same enemy: the regime in Washington. Washington has no right to run Iraq. Washington lied to justify the war. It committed war crimes while smashing the Iraqi state and replacing it with an occupation regime and a puppet regime. International law recognizes the right of an occupied nation to fight for self-determination. Those who defend self-determination and the right to fight for it know the choice of methods and means must be left to the people carrying out that fight. The Iraqi resistance is made up of many different organizations, with different political programs and goals and ideologies. There is armed struggle, union organizing, community organizing and other forms of struggle. As of yet there is no national front. The many Iraqi forces that want to end the U.S. occupation differ over tactics. For example, the Iraqi National Foundation Congress on Sept. 15 issued a statement critical of the targeting of civilians a few days earlier in Baghdad, when 150 people were killed by a car bomb, but put the onus for the killing on the aggressive U.S. tactics in the north of Iraq. Some people have argued that should U.S. troops leave, a civil war would occur, or that the Iraqis would choose a religion-based regime, or put Saddam Hussein back in power. Whatever the new Iraq looks like, this is a decision that only the Iraqis can make, and they can only make it when the Pentagon leaves. If Washington can’t help the people of New Orleans, it certainly can’t help those of Baghdad. The duty of the movement here is to join the struggle to make the continued U.S. occupation of Iraq impossible and to do this in solidarity with the Iraqi sisters and brothers who have stopped the empire in its tracks. Workers World, 55 W. 17 St., NY, NY 10011
September 25, 2005
Just got back from the mall. President Bush flew over our rally. When he did so, our crowd cheered and the opposition jeered. Conservatives are just not that used to protesting and rallying, which is frustrating. That is the main reason our numbers were so low. I'd say we had 300 to 400 or so. At least C-Span covered our rally. My main frustration is the lack of reporting on the organizers of the anti-war rally. They were an assortment of Stalinists, anarchists and Sheehanistas. This was the Far Left fringe in this country. Today, some skinny punk kid wearing commie gear yelled at me, saying he wanted to fight us in the streets in an armed revolution. That was quite distrubing, although I must say that I am confident that not only am I probably better armed, I am a better shot.
September 24, 2005
Bob and Rick, from Riverside County, California, led the attack in Southern California. From Coast to Coast, PW was out to Protest the Protestors.
Protest Warrior Crashes Anti-War Rally in DC—Dupes the Leftists The group of 20 or so gathered outside the Washington Monument, awaiting their instructions. I told them it wouldn’t be long before we would start moving. I could sense their nervousness, and their excitement. For most of these guys, this was their first time crashing an anti-war protest. I recently was selected to lead the Washington, D.C. chapter of Protest Warrior, an organization founded on the tactic of protesting the protestors. This was my first event as chapter leader, and my members proved to be fiery and somewhat courageous. The Left had gathered over 50.000 anti-war activists, which included communists, socialists, anarchists and other assorted revolutionaries. Protest Warrior decided to confront these Leftists with signs that mocked them. One sign read, “Except for ending slavery, fascism, nazism and communism, War has never solved anything…” Another read, “Communism has only killed 100 million people, Let’s give it another chance.!” To say our group was outnumbered would be a vast understatement. We had 40 at the most, and they had enough to fill a major sports stadium. The first tactic was to infiltrate the Leftists on their turf, and to confront them on their political philosophy. Immediately upon arrival, the Leftists began shouting at my group, calling us “racist bigots” and “anti-gay.” Funny, no one on our side was hurling racial epithets or talking about sexuality. Nevertheless, the slogan sounded good to them, so they continued to issue their tirade. The Leftists must have known we were coming, because they did a wonderful job slowly pushing us out of their rally. They never really shoved too hard, or struck us, but they did inch us out across the street and up the sidewalk for a few hundred yards. My group stuck together and tried to avoid physical confrontation as much as possible. We did a good job in my estimation. As we were forced out, the Leftists shouted, “Whose streets? Our Streets!” We were more than willing to oblige them, since they outnumbered us by the thousands. Our next modus operandi was to use their own march against them. We gathered some intel on their parade route and found that they would be coming down Pennsylvania Ave. toward the Capitol. Now, we knew that we had hundreds of supporters lined up in front of the FBI building, and that if we could just play our cards right, we could outsmart the Leftists and make them look foolish. So, we did just that. My group of now 30 or so gathered at 13th and Pennsylvania, symbolically in front of the Reagan Building, and waited for the Leftists to approach. We scattered our group out in smaller groups and placed them on all four sides of the intersection. As the Leftists came within 50 yards of us, we all ran out into the middle of the street, right in front of their parade! We faced toward the Capitol and began to march, chanting “U.S.A. U.S.A.” The Leftists behind us had no idea what our signs said. In fact, at first they thought that we were with them! Even people on the sidewalks seemed perplexed when they began to read our sarcastic signs. Here we were, a Pro-Troops group, walking right in front of the Leftists, as media cameras flashed and television cameras rolled. Our planning had paid huge dividends. As we approached the Pro-Troops groups lined along Pennsylvania and 7th, we became louder. At first, they shouted at us, thinking we were with the Leftists. But once they realized what had just happened, they erupted in cheers and laughter. Protest Warrior had pulled a fast one on A.N.S.W.E.R., which angered them very much. The Leftists actually stopped twice to see if we would leave their parade route, but we stopped with them, turned, and faced them down. It was quite a spectacle on the streets of Washington, D.C. that night. Although Leftists broke the will of the American people and troops during Vietnam, the so-called “Silent Majority” had never actually tried to protest them. But, during the course of the current war, pro-troops groups like Protest Warrior have been stealing pages out of the playbook of the Leftists, and crashing their events to express our “dissent.” Saturday was one of the largest anti-war rallies since Vietnam, and the whole world was watching. But this time, the “Silent Majority” of decent Americans showed up to expose the Leftists, and to take away some of their steam. Such organizations are only growing in number, and never again will a large anti-war, anti-capitalism rally go unanswered. Those days are long gone. The new era of Protest Warrior, whose motto is, “Fighting the Left, and Doing it Right,” has begun. And there is nothing the Left can do. Brendan Steinhauser is the Washington leader of Protest Warrior and the author of The Conservative Revolution: How to Win the Battle of College Campuses
September 22, 2005
This weekend, communist and socialist revolutionaries will descend upon Washington, proclaiming that they are "peace protestors." As usual, the media will not represent who they really are. This Washington Times piece is one of the few I have read that exposes Cindy Sheehan and her ilk as a bunch of anti-American, anti-Free Market idealogues. It is time for Protest Warrior and Free Republic to unite and confront these subversives with their own idiocy, hypocrisy and evil. The DC chapter of Protest Warrior, which I lead, will be the proverbial tip of the spear this weekend as we infiltrate their protest and expose these radicals like the cockroaches they are. Let's Roll.
September 21, 2005
I will be co-hosting our montly radio show on www.Rightalk.com tomorrow at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific. Next month, I will be taking over for Nick Bouknight, who will be leaving FreedomWorks to work for the House Ways and Means Committee. Tune in tomorrow to hear about our lobbying trips on Capitol Hill, as well as our press conference with Senator Jim DeMint on Social Security. Nick will host most of the show, and I will join him around 2:30pm Eastern. Tomorrow morning I will be on Capitol Hill with our activists from Washington, Oregon and Utah, lobbying their Congressman and Senators. Things have been going great this month at FreedomWorks, and we plan on having one more group fly into DC next week.
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Yet another protest operation is underway. This time, we are going to infiltrate the Environmentalists' rally at West Capitol Lawn, 11am, Tuesday, Sep. 20th. Be there. These idiots are opposed to drilling in the "pristine" wilderness of Alaska. Give me a break. What, are there like four caribou there?
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Protest Warriors Announce Rally Against International A.N.S.W.E.R. September 24th from 9:00am until 4:00pm in Washington, D.C. www.ProtestWarrior.com For Immediate Release August 27, 2005 Contact: Brendan Steinhauser, Washington, D.C. PW Leader, 361-772-5175, firstname.lastname@example.org (Washington, D.C.) A grassroots coalition of libertarian and conservative activists has announced plans to hold a rally in Washington, D.C. on September 24th from 9:00am until 4:00pm in downtown Washington. Protest Warrior chapters from as far away as New Jersey, Chicago, and California will gather in Washington to confront the far-left alliance of International A.N.S.W.E.R. and United for Peace and Justice. The coalition of pro-troops groups will be soliciting donations for soldiers and their families, and will be handing out literature on the war, the so-called “peace movement” and their own political philosophy. Brendan Steinhauser, the Washington, D.C. leader of Protest Warrior said, “These anti-American groups are posing as pacifists, but in reality they are totalitarian and support a violent overthrow of capitalism. Just look at the literature on their tables. It’s full of Marx, Lenin and other socialist revolutionaries.” Rick Reiss, a California Protest Warrior, added, “These organizations worship the likes of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro. These two guys were anything but peaceful. Che ordered the execution of political prisoners and Fidel continues to oppress his own countrymen. Just ask the Americans living in Little Havana what they think about A.N.S.W.E.R. and its support of dictators.” A.N.S.W.E.R. is a leftist group whose acronym stands for, “Act Now to Stop War and End Racism.” One of its aims is to “Stop the Threats Against Venezuela, Cuba, Iran & North Korea.” Organizations on its steering committee include groups such as the Muslim Students Association, the Korea Truth Commission and the Party for Socialism and Liberation. Protest Warrior was founded by Kfir Alfia and Alan Davidson, two libertarian filmmakers who just released a movie called “Liberty Rising.” The motto on their website is, “Fighting the Left, and Doing it Right.” The rallies will also consist of marches by A.N.S.W.E.R. and possibly Protest Warrior. The A.N.S.W.E.R. march will start at the Washington Monument and end at the White House.