The Freedom Road Socialist Organization recently posted an analysis of the state of the anti-war movement. Mike Ely from the Kasama Project has written a criticalresponse,examining issues around Obama, connecting the anti-war movement to the anti-budget cut movement, and other issues which the FRSO analysis brings up. Given the ongoing bloodshed happening as a result of US imperialism, we are posting this exchange here for radical and revolutionary minded folk to reflect on why the anti-war movement is the way it is. Read, examine, critique.
Mike Ely Engaging FRSO: To Oppose War, We Need To Expose the War-Makers
Let’s start with points of agreement: It is extremely important to build a powerful antiwar movement in the U.S. And it borders on criminal that so many years into these brutal colonial wars in Iraq and Afghanistan there is such a shameful silence here.
And we should welcome the attempt by Dennis O’Neil and Eric See to sum up the recent history and put forward their programmatic plans. (And it should be noted that both of them are tireless antiwar activists and have placed their time and energy into the effort against these wars.)
Their article ends with a simple assertion:
“This isn’t rocket science. We know how to do it. Let’s get going.”
Let’s start our discussion of disagreements there.
To tell the truth: I don’t think that much of the current activist world has a clue how to end a war or mobilize people. Sincere people are at a loss.