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PostWatch: An irregular correction to the Washington Post

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Sunday, February 16, 2003
2:53 PM

The Post has huge coverage of the huge demonstrations against the anti-Saddamist war that's about to start. I simply note here this short story, Antiwar Organizer's Politics Cause Rift, which concerns International Answer's role in antiwar demonstrations and is the first time in months that the Post has forthrightly, and in a serious context, acknowledged that group's background:
Some pundits, most of them conservative, complained that International ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) was an offshoot of the Trotskyite Workers World Party, which has defended dictators such as Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and North Korea's Kim Jong Il and decried the state of Israel.

This comes to light because of a dispute concerning the banning of liberal anti-war figure Michael Lerner of Tikkun magazine. I love the last sentence in this graf, by the way:
The problem was exposed when Rabbi Michael Lerner, one of the nation's most prominent liberal Jewish leaders and editor of the San Francisco-based magazine Tikkun, went public to complain that he was "banned" from speaking at the Sunday rally here, because ANSWER objected to his positions on Israel. (Lerner favors a two-state solution, while ANSWER is fervently anti-Israel.)

If Lerner favors a two-state solution, "but" Answer is fervently anti-Israel, are we saying a bit too delicately that Answer wants to eliminate the state of Israel? That's worth looking into.

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