Where Are the Antiwar Protesters Now That We Really Need Them?
Monday, August 24, 2009 at 12:20 PM EDT
Anti-war protests in all 50 states and in front of the hated King Bush IIâ€s Texas ranch were a fixture in American life and newspapers from 2003 through mid-2008. The protests seem to have disappeared yet the ills of war remain. Letâ€™s look at what is bad about our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan:
All three of these things were bad in 2004 when the U.S. was rich and getting richer. They are even worse now. We have had a decline in birth rate and population growth due to the economic collapse. This makes the death of an American soldier if anything more costly becuase there are fewer children growing up to replace him or her. We have less money now, so whatever it is that weâ€™re spending on our adventures amongst the Jihadis is less affordable (http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0933935.html shows that spending is higher than ever and continuing to grow).
Given that the cost of the wars in American life and taxpayer funds is less bearable now than before, how come the antiwar protesters seem to have melted away?
This article originally appeared on Philip Greenspun's Weblog.