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Stalinists For Peace

By on 9.30.05 | 9:14AM

Charles Krauthammer builds on the devastating case against last weekend's protests in his column today:

You don't build a mass movement on that. Nor on antiwar rallies like the one last weekend in Washington, organized and run by a front group for the Workers World Party. The WWP is descended from Cold War Stalinists who found other communists insufficiently rigorous for refusing to support the Soviet invasion of Hungary. Thus a rally ostensibly against war is run by a group that supported the Soviet invasions of Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Afghanistan, the massacre in Tiananmen Square, and a litany of the very worst mass murderers of our time, including Slobodan Milosevic, Hussein and Kim Jong Il. You don't seize the moral high ground in America with fellow travelers such as these.

Add that to Christopher Hitchens's brilliant dissection of the anti-war organizers (and marchers, who declined to carry signs condemning jihad or supporting women in Afghanistan), and it's hard to separate the supposedly good hearted protesters from the Stalinists. A lefty friend of mine tried to do just that, saying that the presence of a few rotten apples doesn't condemn the whole bunch. When those few nuts are the organizers, the others implicitly subscribe to their beliefs. For more, see J. Peter Freire's "Morons on Message."

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