Once again the question of whether the anti-war movement is harmed by the presence of "whackos and kooks" has come up. The DC march was organized by ANSWER, an organization that some critics point out is a socialist organization that supported the Chinese government's crack-down on protesters in Tianemen square. Does this therefore mean that the hundreds of thousands who came out to protest the war on Saturday are giving their tacit support to this organization? There's two ways of looking at this: (1) It is reprehensible that a large group of mainstream protesters are willing to lend support to "whackos and kooks". or (2) It is amazing that a large group of mainstream protesters are willing to protest despite the association with "whackos and kooks". I lean towards the latter myself Update: Jake in comments adds another way of looking at it:
- 3) It is unsurprising that a large group of mainstream protesters is completely unaware that the protest organizers are "whackos and kooks".