In all the coverage and opinion of this past weekend’s anti-war, counter-anti-war, and penultimate anti-counter-anti-war protests (so I guess at some point they cancel each other out) comes this bit of clarity from James Likeks:
Let me be clear: There are serious, reasonable critics of the war whose arguments deserve attention and consideration. You generally don’t find them at protest rallies. There are people on the left who are concerned about, say, losing the values of the Enlightenment in order to accommodate misogyny in the name of cultural tolerance; they promote different responses to the problem I than those offered by the right, but are unlikely to march next to a fellow wearing a Hamas T-shirt or a Truther who thinks the Jews got advance warning on 9/11 so they could move their tanks of Gentile blood out of the giant Zionist Abbatoir on the 94th floor. So I don’t think that the march spoke for all critics of the war. It spoke for those who think that “Halliburton” and “Mission Accomplished” represent piercing arguments that dispense with the need to even consider the matter of radical Islam and its enablers, or the possible downside of ceding the battleground. No, the world is a garden of flowers and lambs, with one bad wolf. (Who is also a racist wolf.) Remove it, and peace can only flourish.
Even if it got only an eyeblink of media coverage compared to what the anti-war protest got, I think the Gathering of Eagles upstaged the Sheehanistas, Che-fetishists, defeatists, 9/11 Truthers, neo-Commies, aging hippies whose minds never made the time leap past 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 1967, Lennonists (whose worldview is infused with the lyrics to “Imagine”; a song full of lovely idealism, but should be applied to all sides, which means it probably isn’t on Ahmadinejad’s iPod). If not overwhelmingly, then at least enough to act as a damper to all the insidious, tiresome noise the anti-war movement has made for the last four years.
I think the Gathering of Eagles is the physical manifestation of what conservative and military bloggers have been doing for the last several years: keeping the opposition fact-checked. I think the gauntlet has been hurled down in front of the anti-war protesters and the allied groups hanging off them like bagworms, but they are too busy striding along, keeping their hands inside their paper-mache puppets and beating on big plastic pickle buckets to even notice. Looking only for horn-honks of support from passing cars and a chance to bellow some bumper-sticker slogans about Bushitlercheneyhaliburton Co. through tinny megaphones.
UPDATE: Another perspective, this one from Steve Dennis.