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September 22, 2005
Speaking Of The Usual Suspects

The groups that will gather in Washington DC for a major anti-war protest this weekend have financial ties to major leftist fundraisers like George Soros and Theresa Heinz Kerry, and beyond them to communist organizations and radical left-wing groups, the Washington Times reports today. The conduits for the rallies appear to be the ubiquitous front groups International ANSWER and the UPJ:

The groups gathering in Washington this weekend to protest President Bush and the war in Iraq have ties to radical left-wing groups and communist organizations and have enjoyed the support of the left's biggest financial supporter, George Soros. ...

The leaders of ANSWER, founded three days after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, are connected to the Workers World Party, a Marxist group that has expressed support for such dictators as North Korea's Kim Jong-il, Yugoslavia's Slobodan Milosevic and Iraq's Saddam Hussein. The latter two have been ousted from power and jailed.

Other groups associated with ANSWER are the Free Palestine Alliance, U.S.-Mexico Solidarity Foundation and the Muslim Student Association of the U.S. and Canada.

UPJ, founded by liberals who say they were concerned about the radical tactics and smorgasbord of issues trumpeted by ANSWER, says it organized the "S24," or Saturday (Sept. 24) protest first, but Mr. Dobbs said there's "a big overlap" between the protests and "the major point is that we're in D.C. to stop the war in Iraq."

None of this comes as a shock to those who have followed this anti-war movement. The funding for the so-called grass-roots groups show remarkable complexity and opacity, but as John J. Tierney points out, most of them do receive at least some of their funding through the Tides Foundation and Soros' Open Society Institute, the latter of which also indirectly funded John McCain's Reform Institute as well. ANSWER has a long history of supporting repressive and brutal regimes such as Kim's and Saddam's, and have positioned themselves as neo-Stalinists as a result.

That doesn't mean that everyone who attends these rallies lacks sincerity in the message. It should warn them, though, that continued association with such groups will eventually destroy their credibility. Apologists for dictators do not have any moral standing for protesting American foreign policy. When groups like that discount 50 million people in Afghanistan and Iraq having the ability to select their own leaders and laws and would consign them to suffer under the brutality of strongman rule once more, they show themselves as the self-congratulatory, reactionary anti-Americans that they are.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at September 22, 2005 10:28 AM

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