Sunday, February 16, 2003
"Peace" Demos

Mike Silverman has already pointed out (here) the "wouldn't it be nice if the Iraqis could openly protest" angle. My own take is along the lines of these comments by Andrew Stuttaford at (gasp) National Review Online's blog, The Corner.
One immaculately dressed old man, watching the proceedings from his wheelchair, was not impressed. “Neville Chamberlain,” he announced to no one in particular, “peace in our time,” he jeered at the demonstrators.

Intrigued, I went over – it’s not often you hear the names of mid-twentieth century Tory prime ministers being shouted out in a Manhattan street. The heckler turned out to be Hungarian, a survivor of that other Europe’s hideous past. “I’ve seen this, I’ve seen this before” he explained, “the Sudetenland, Czechoslovakia. You can’t negotiate with Saddam. You can only negotiate with real countries, with Canada, with Mexico. Not with Saddam. You can’t negotiate with a cockroach.”

Tell that to the French.
I keep wondering if given the opportunity, the some substantial fraction of the current flock of anti-action-against-Iraq protesters would have had the same attitude toward action against Hitler.