… War has also become normal – routine, boring – to many Americans, with U.S. troops stationed for nearly ten years in Afghanistan and eight in Iraq. And after the first volley of smart bombs, wars are barely covered by the media, eclipsed by the latest scandal involving a politician’s privates. Beyond apathy, many who once took to the street may now no longer see the value of protest in the face of the enormous power of the military-industrial complex.
But a recent study suggests that a major reason why the antiwar movement has withered even as the warfare state has grown is simply that the party in charge has changed.
Democratic voters who genuinely believe in peace should know that ending the U.S.’s addiction to war requires more than spending a few minutes in the ballot box. The only change voting has brought in recent years is the party approving the money for war and the name of the president requesting it. …
If voting isn’t changing things – and it’s not – it’s time we considered changing our tactics. …
If change is to come to U.S. foreign policy, it won’t be thanks to any politician, but to direct action and organizing of the sort that won African Americans and other minorities their civil rights. We already have public opinion on our side — 2/3 of Americans consistently say they want to get out of the wars. We now have to make the voice of the silent majority heard.
To get involved in a creative anti-war campaign marking the 10th anniversary of the Afghan war, visit http://october2011.org.
Read more here: Needed: An Antiwar Movement That Puts Peace Over Politicians | MyFDL.