The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

All out on March 18, 19 and 20

Mar 7, 2005

There will be demonstrations around the country on Saturday, March 19, the second anniversary of the day the U.S. began its second war on Iraq, and the days surrounding it.

Those demonstrations should be massive and loud.

It's clear, despite Bush's claims after the election, he does not have the support of the American people for this war. A Harris poll taken a few weeks ago reported that almost 60% of the people want the troops brought back within the next year. The pollsters didn't dare ask how many wanted them brought back immediately. But polls aren't loud, nor do they demand to be heard.

Large demonstrations can put the lie to Bush's claims that the U.S. people agree with this war – in a much more powerful way than any poll can do. They can show just how many of us want an immediate end to this bloody war against the people of Iraq.

And they can also give reinforcement to all those soldiers who disagree with the war. They can help convince more young people not to volunteer to join the army, and more young people in it not to volunteer to reenlist.

Large demonstrations can show that we want to support the troops in Iraq in the only way that makes sense – by bringing them home now!