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Monday, August 22, 2005

Antiwar landscape may shift come September
Philadelphia Inquirer
by Larry Eichel

"In August, it's hard to know.Hard to know the significance of what happened Wednesday night, when tens of thousands of Americans conducted quiet and peaceful protest vigils against the war in Iraq.Did Aug. 17 mark the beginnings of a mass Vietnam-style antiwar movement with the potential to undermine the already declining support for staying the course?Or were the events of the evening just an expression of solidarity with a bereaved mother, Cindy Sheehan, who had made herself into a national celebrity? .... What's notable about the demonstrators of 2005 is how different they are from the protesters of the 1960s.The Vietnam era's antiwar movement got much of its energy and many of its foot soldiers from college campuses. And that, for a time, affected the movement's credibility.For students to march against the war, critics suggested, was not so much about politics as about cultural identity and self-interest, since young male college students, upon graduation, faced the prospect of military conscription.Many of Wednesday's protesters, by contrast, were taxpaying, gray-haired adults, urban and suburban. Among them were parents of soldiers, and the parents' neighbors, and people with no stake in the fight other than their beliefs. Such people are potentially harder for politicians to dismiss than college students." (08/21/05)


Utah: TV staion reuses to air anti-war "Peace mom" ad

"A Utah television station is refusing to air an anti-war ad featuring Cindy Sheehan, whose son's death in Iraq prompted a vigil outside President Bush's Texas ranch.The ad began airing on other area stations Saturday, two days before Bush was scheduled to speak in Salt Lake City to the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. However, a national sales representative for KTVX, a local ABC affiliate, rejected the ad in an e-mail to media buyers, writing that it was an "inappropriate commercial advertisement for Salt Lake City."In the ad, Sheehan pleads with Bush for a meeting and accuses him of lying to the American people about Iraq's development of weapons of mass destruction and its connection to al-Qaida."> (08/21/05),0,1630774.story?coll=sns-ap-tv-headlines



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