Sunday, September 25, 2005

Thoughts on the anti-war protest

Yesterday morning, my friend & I were out appartment searching when we saw tons of war protestors on the metro, which was jammed. No, I did not go the anti-war protest held in DC although I live here.There are two main reasons for this:

1. I am not a protestor kind of person. Although I believe protests have played a huge role in history in affecting change, I didn't think this one did.

2. I don't feel like I can support the "Get out the troops now" mantra. Although I'm vehemently against the American policy in Iraq, I feel like things would get a lot worse if the Americans left. I feel the sectarian violence will blow up into a civil war & the chaos will worsen. Do I have a solution? Unfortunately, not.

But I was surprised to read
Juan Cole's take on the protest & agreement that the troops should be withdrawn. I have always respected his opinion but I don't know how I feel about this one.