Saddam and Kim Jong-il's allies organise 'anti-war' rallies
Public luminaries like Brown, Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne Peter Watson Laurie Brereton and Green Senator Bob Brown, Democrat Senator Natasha Stott Despoja gave, with the support of leftwing union activists like Ron Hubbard and Martin Kingham, their ardent support to anti-American rallies dressed up as 'anti-war' rallies.
The Archbishop, along with Bob Brown, Laurie Brereton made their alleged feelings known when they addressed the crowds. What they and the other speakers did not reveal is that these rallies were organised by a dedicated Stalinist organisation that supports Kim Jong-il's insane regime and which has also allied itself with Saddam.
The organisation is ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) which is a spin-off from the IAC (International Action Center) of which the anti-American Ramsey Clark is closely involved. (Clark also serves as a legal counsel for Saddam's vicious regime. He also defended PLO leaders against a suit brought by the family of Leon Klinghoffer, the elderly tourist who was murdered by Palestinian terrorists and whose body was thrown overboard from the hijacked Achille Lauro cruise-ship in 1986). The IAC in turn is controlled by the anti-semitic Marxist-Leninist WWP (Workers World Party). In addition, the WWP runs the KTC (Korea Truth Commission), a front organisation for Kim Jong-il. (Great company for an Archbishop to keep, don't you think?)
The WWP supported the 1956 Soviet suppression of the Hungarian revolution, the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia, the 1979 invasion of Afghanistan and Beijing's, massacre of students in Tiananmen Square. Since the collapse of communism, this group of fanatical Marxist-Leninists have largely devoted themselves to defending North Korea and Saddam's regime. This support is also quite profitable, allowing WWP leaders, who have no apparent source of income, to frequently fly to Pyongyang and Baghdad where they are very well treated indeed.
Brian Becker is not only a key figure in ANSWER and the IAC he is also a member of the secretariat of the WWP. It is basically through Becker that the WWP transmits its orders to ANSWER and the IAC. (In its own way, it is rather comical the way Becker tries to cover up his these links. But there is nothing amusing about his vicious mindset). By now it won't surprise readers to learn that the WWP's solution to the problem of Saddam is for the US to unilaterally disarm while leaving North Korea and Saddam's arsenals intact.
Given these facts why would Archbishop Peter Watson, Laurie Brereton, Stott Despoja and the rest of "the usual suspects" make common cause with a Stalinist group that is collaborating with two of the planet's most monstrous regimes?
I dare say the motives are pretty mixed. After all, Watson is not the first cleric to have supported a totalitarian group that was intent on the destruction of the West. There was the Anglican Bishop William Temple of Manchester in 1920 and who later became Archbishop of York and Canterbury. And what a pain he was, quickly dropping the evangelical way for secular activism. Where did this lead him? To declare that Adolf Hitler had made "a great contribution to the secure establishment of peace"!
Now Archbishop Watson has not gone as far as the ludicrous Temple or the notorious Red Dean of Canterbury. But when you collaborate with Stalinists who are denouncing your country and its allies while collaborating with their enemies you are walking a fine line. As for the politicians and union activists, a hatred of America and a loathing for President Bush and a destation of John Howard is what drives them.
Archbishop Watson's accusation that the war to topple the despotic Saddam is a "war of cold-blooded aggression" is meant to suggest that Bush and his allies are intent on war for the most venal of reasons. There was no attempt by the most reverend Watson stir up the crowd against the pathologically aggressive Saddam or demand that he be brought to justice by whatever means available. Instead, the crowd was addressed by rabblerousing Bush and Howard haters.
These 'anti-rallies' are no different in principle from the Stalinist controlled popular front rallies in the thirties, the Soviet directed 'peace movements' during the Cold War, and the pro-Hanoi 'peace movement' of the sixties that cost millions of Asians their freedom and their lives. Those activists were wrong then and they are wrong now. All they have done is to aid and abet two bloody tyrants, which is precisely what the WWP planned.
The thirties 'peace movement,' along with its silly 'peace pledge', guaranteed a second world war. Learning from history and experience Reagan and Thatcher resisted the post-war 'peace movement' and so ultimately brought down the Soviet Empire. Thank God Bush, Blair and Howard have the courage to follow in the footsteps of Reagan and Thatcher.
What our so-called 'peace' demonstrators have yet to learn is that those who demand "peace at any cost" eventually end up with neither peace nor freedom. Let us hope that this lot do not have to learn this lesson in the same bitter way that the thirties generation was forced to learn it.