International Answer is organizing another anti-war protest.
What is fascinating about International Answer is how they have hijacked the peace movement to rope more people into their world and propagandize for a number of causes which have no link to the Iraq war.
It is no secret that International Answer opposes the government, and advocates policies which are contrary to current policy. In doing so they are exercising fundamental rights which cannot be assailed.
What is utterly deserving of condemnation, however, is their choice of causes to promote.
In addition to their opportunistic hijacking of the anti-war movement, International Answer strongly supports Hamas and Hezbollah, and fulsomely praises both Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez.
They demand that the United States cease aid to Israel, and they oppose any intervention in Darfur.
They are adamant that North Korea and Iran be allowed to pursue the development of nuclear weaponry, and they insist that the US withdraw from Afghanistan.
Their opposition to the Iraq War serves as a splendid vehicle for propaganda and dissimulation on all these fronts.
In supporting Hamas and Hezbollah they deliberately misportray both organizations as the popular and democratic voice of Arabs, and defend terrorism against Israeli civilian targets as legitimate (though violence against fellow Arabs is ignored).
In praising Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez they paint both as great political leaders fighting for their people, overlooking the actual brutalizing of many of those people.
In opposing aid to Israel they do not mention US aid to Jordan, Egypt, the UN Refugee Agency (which has as it's primary mission maintaining the Palestinians in several countries in permanent camps), the exorbitant cost of other UN activities and US programmes all over the world, in countries whose friendship with the US is doubtful or non-existent, and whose leaders and diplomats venomously slam the United States and Americans.
And yet they oppose any interference in Darfur - precisely where involvement by the US and the international community would bring an end to immense suffering, and where US aid would truly work miracles.
In supporting North Korea and Iran they aid regimes which have no regard for human rights and proven records of savagery against their own people - regimes which have also funded terrorism against US citizens.
In demanding that the US withdraw from Afghanistan, they would return Afghanis to the untender mercies of the fundamentalists who executed journalists and artists, burned down libraries, destroyed antiquities, killed educators and doctors, banned music, and damned Afghan women to lives of illiteracy, exploitation, and slavery.
Their misguided and dangerous advocacy in these causes is not a fluke, but fundamental to their organization. Most of International Answer's founders came from the Workers World Party, which since its start back in the Eisenhower years has vociferously defended such causes as the Soviet repression of Hungary, the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Not surprisingly, they also whitewashed the Tian An Men massacre. But most damning in recent years was their longstanding adulation of Serbian tyrant Slobodan Milosevic.
How ironic that such people should dominate the peace movement, most of the members of which would be appalled at the ideology of their leaders. One would have hoped that socially conscious people would exercise greater discretion in their associations.