Calendar Girl (kirilaw) wrote,
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Yesterday I went to an anti-war protest on the Hill. I've no real sense of how many people were there -- I won't even try to estimate. It seemed like a lot, but nothing on the scale of the Toronto or Montreal protests.

I know that it probably didn't accomplish a damn thing. I mean, it's not even our country at war... But somehow it seemed important to be there, to say something, even if I was shouting into the void.

I was happy to see that for the most part people were distinguishing between Americans themselves and the policies of their government. There was plenty of G.W. Bush-bashing, but very little anti-Americanism as such.

There was, however, a fair bit of conflation of this war with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. That made me a little uncomfortable. Sure, some of the same issues are probably at play. But it is a separate conflict, with separate causes and needs a separate resolution. And I was very uncomfortable with the signs calling Bush, Blair and Sharon the 'axis of evil'. That's going too far.

(On the other hand, I was rather amused by the sign that said 'Who's next?' and then on the reverse, 'no blood for softwood'.)

I have to admit, though, I'm starting to avoid the news. I simply can't handle it. I haven't watched the TV at all, or listened to the radio. It's too immediate. When we went for lunch on Friday, and CNN was playing in the restaurant, I had to make a conscious effort not to watch. I'm basically following events via the Internet -- but that's getting to be too much, too. The whole thing just makes me feel so helpless. There's nothing I can do.

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