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ANSWER Coalition Statement, Iraq: Bush's Vietnam
by ANSWER Coalition
Friday Sep 23rd, 2005 9:23 AM
Iraq: George Bush's Vietnam

September 24 Demonstration Shows Dramatic Shift in Public Opinion

Statement from Brian Becker, National Coordinator for A.N.S.W.E.R.
Coalition
1247 E St. SE Washington DC 20003
(202) 544-3389 Fax: (202) 544-9359
http://www.ANSWERcoalition.org
http://www.pephost.org/site/R?i=-gIK2CgfzdINfO9D7yTmDQ..

Attn: Assignment Editor
September 23, 2005

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Press contact:
Caneisha Mills 202-544-3389
202-321-3837 (cell)

Iraq: George Bush's Vietnam

September 24 Demonstration Shows Dramatic Shift in Public Opinion

Statement from Brian Becker, National Coordinator for A.N.S.W.E.R.
Coalition

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Not only will more than 100,000 protestors surround the White House in
a sea of people on Saturday September 24, but recent polls reveal that
for the first time since George Bush launched the invasion of Iraq in
March 2003, a majority of people in the United States now call for the
immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from that country (New York
Times/CBS Poll published September 17, 2005).

Predictably Bush announced that he will "not be in town" to see the
streets of Washington fill up with protestors who are denouncing his war
policy. Richard Nixon tried the same ruse 25 years ago when he said that
he had not noticed a half a million people marching in Washington
because he was "watching the football game."

Bush, like Nixon, can run but he cannot hide. The country has turned
against the war and against those responsible for the war. People can see
for themselves that this administration and the politicians in Congress
who have given it a rubber stamp are becoming politically isolated as
public opinion registers a dramatic shift.

As in Vietnam, the people of the United States have realized they were
lied to by a government that speaks in their name. One difference
however is that public opinion has shifted against the war much more
quickly. It was not until 1969, five years after the Gulf of Tonkin and the
massive airlift of U.S. troops to Southeast Asia, that massive
demonstrations were held of comparable size as the one that will take place this
Saturday.

As during the Vietnam War, the domestic anti-war movement today will
become an irresistible force. The people are demanding that the troops
come home now and they are demanding that the hundreds of billions of
dollars spent for war and destruction in the Middle East be used instead
to meet people's needs.

When the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition (on May 12, 2005) initiated the call
for a mass anti-war demonstration on September 24, we believed the time
was right. The last few weeks have confirmed the surge in anti-war
sentiment.

Huge numbers will come from every major city on the East Coast, Midwest
and South New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Boston, Detroit,
Chicago, Cleveland, Atlanta, Birmingham, Charlotte and elsewhere and from
many smaller cities. Gulfport, Mississippi; Eau Claire, Wisconsin; and
Des Moines, Iowa are just a few of the cities organizing for this
demonstration. Buses will be coming as far as Albuquerque, New Mexico a 28
hour drive to DC.

A.N.S.W.E.R.'s activities on September 24 will be a broad show of unity
among antiwar and social justice groups in America who are all coming
together for these joint activities at the White House.

* * * * *

The A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition is the national organization that has
organized all of the large-scale antiwar protests in Washington DC since
September 2001, which have cumulatively brought over 1 million people into
the streets of DC. A.N.S.W.E.R.'s activities on September 24 will be a
broad show of unity among anti-war and social justice groups in America
who are all coming together for these activities at the White House.
The rally and march has the sponsorship of several thousand
organizations.

To arrange interviews with anti-war organizers, leaders, and
participants contact Caneisha Mills 202-544-3389 or 202-321-3837 (cell) or e-mail
media [at] internationalanswer.org

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