Sunday, January 19, 2003
International ANSWER Update... OmbudsGod notes my link to a long Dec. 10 story which, I said in a recent post, is the one time the Post acknowledged "the connection between International ANSWER, the Worker's World Party, and WWP's support for some of the worst socialist-sponsored brutalities of recent history."
Actually it struck me as more of an excuse than an expose.
He's right. I overstated the case. The story occasionally mentions that other anti-war factions are uneasy with International ANSWER but this is the closest author David Montgomery ever gets to explaining why:
ANSWER's disciplined passion is hard to beat. And yet there are critics. Go to an ANSWER rally billed as "antiwar," and besides the peace talk you're likely to hear speaker after speaker going on about Mumia Abu-Jamal, Leonard Peltier, Palestine, Cuba, Korea, Vieques -- with the U.S. government always cast as the villain.
This is why more mainstream peace groups are a little squeamish about ANSWER.
Pretty vague stuff, and again, in the context of a Style-section puff piece that had a generally mocking tone (a couple of anti-war protesters wrote letters that were published in the Saturday Free-for-All complaining about it from the other side of the barricade, and I had to agree with them).