Monday, January 01, 2007

We Did Good

There's an old saying that goes something like this:"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." Such may describe the state of the anti-war anti-imperialist movement at the start of 2007.

You see, after five years of ridicule, charges of treason, and defeats of almost every stripe, we managed to finally make an impact at the ballot box. Building enough of an outrage at a war that has cost 3000+ American lives and an estimated 650,000 Iraqi lives (and that likely doesn't include the thousands killed as part of the insurgency) to sweep the GOP out of congressional power.

And that's a good start, but there is a lot more that needs to be done; to start with an effort needs to be made to bring the web of lies and fear Bush wove and entrapped so many Americans in into the light and to hold those people accountable for their deceptions.

Second, some sort of timetable for withdrawal needs to be set. Even a set of tangible benchmarks would be a start. Implementing some of the Study Group's recommendations would do well as well. The "surge" Bush wants is only going to add fuel to the fires, of course that may be the idea.

In the long term, now that we've shown we can be a force, we need to look to 2008 and making sure that this war is the main issue in 2008 and that whoever the Democrats nominate is committed to bringing this to an end and getting America back into the world community.

As for me and this site--look for some cosmetic changes. The navigation system doesn't work well IE7 and isn't standards compliant, so I plan on trying to fix that. Look for a jukebox-type mechanism for the audio comments from NYC and perhaps a Flickr-style photo area.

It's weird, at some level it would seem that the work of this site and this movement is done. But it may only be beginning.

May '007 bring you all peace, justice and prosperity.