Leftists like to attribute the lack of participation in protests undermining the mission in Iraq as apathy among today’s youth.
It never occurs to them that the root reasons may lie in the fact that people intrinsically know that the war, while regrettable and horrible in its effect locally, is necessary and altogether necessary and an absolute good in its goals and final effects on the world at large.
AN ALLIANCE of 88 environmental, human rights and peace groups gathered outside the United States embassy in Brussels yesterday, to protest against the visit by George Bush.But if the US president was even aware of the demonstration, he would likely have been a little underwhelmed.
Ludo de Brabander, one of the organisers, put the numbers at an optimistic 3,500, but the crowd looked to be little more than half that.
The protesters were more than matched by police numbers as the Belgian force launched an unprecedented security operation. A total of 2,500 officers were deployed, 1,000 more than are usually on the streets for the four annual summits that bring European Union leaders to Brussels.
A commentator on CNN mentioned “One protest, by 1,000 ‘groups’ brought out 450 people.” Reminds me of the scene on Monty Python’s Life of Brian
LORETTA: Oh. I thought we were the Popular Front.REG: People’s Front! C-huh.
FRANCIS: Whatever happened to the Popular Front, Reg?
REG: He’s over there.