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Back in the early days in this present war on terrorism, launched in response to the events of September 11, it was advanced by many leading cultural critics that America was a changed country now. Old fashioned patriotism was back in vogue and the nation was more united than it had been since the Second World War.
What a difference six months makes. Critics of America's conduct in the war, and indeed of the legitimacy of the war itself, are everywhere. Even Senator Majority Leader Tom Daschle, a man who should know better, all but declared the war lost last month. We think al-Qaida and the Taliban would disagree with his assessment, provided they stop running long enough to be asked.
So what makes this style of antiwar dissent popular among a certain class of Americans? There is no one answer of course. Some are opposed to war no matter what the struggle. Others simply subscribe to a reflex anti-Americanism. Regardless, their arguments often fall on sympathetic ears both in and outside of the United States.
Enter Americans for Victory over Terrorism, a new projected chaired by culture warrior William Bennett and advised by such heavyweights as former Director of Central Intelligence James Woolsey, Middle East scholar, author and professor at Florida Atlantic University Walid Phares and former Assistant Secretary of Defense Frank Gaffney.
"AVOT's objective is to sustain and strengthen American public opinion as the war on terrorism moves forward. AVOT will promote the democratic ideals of freedom, liberty, equality, and human rights-the very virtues terrorist groups and terrorist states wish to eradicate-and answer those who seek to erode our nation's resolve and commitment to fight and defeat the evil of terrorism," states the group on its web site.
It's sexy to be antiwar, the hard part is left to the people who argue
that battle is not only necessary, it is just. AVOT has taken on that
role and they should be congratulated. They may not convince the antiwar
protesters but they provide a useful service for the rest of us by providing
a credible voice for the other side.
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