September 2, 2005

by Andrew Silow-Carroll
All we are saying is -- oh, I forget

Where do the Jewish organizations stand on the war?

Who says they're standing? I try to explain:

And that is probably the biggest factor that keeps antiwar sentiment from boiling over in this country — within the Jewish community and well beyond it. You can agree that the war was a colossal mistake, but the clock cannot be turned back. Now what? Pull out our troops and leave the country to a civil war that we stoked in the first place? Pour in more troops in the hopes of establishing martial law — and a Marshall Plan — in a country rife with ethnic and religious divisions? If President Bush were to go on television tomorrow and apologize to Cindy Sheehan, were Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld to resign, then what?

What’s stifling the antiwar movement is the challenge Cindy Sheehan faced as soon as she morphed from a mom with a question — “Why did my son have to die?” — to spokeswoman for a political movement: What’s your plan for ending this thing? Fair or not, it’s a question that sunk John Kerry’s presidential campaign and is tying Democrats in knots.

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