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War Protest, Hollywood-Style February 16, 2003

Posted by worldspectacle in Uncategorized.

Between 20,000 (police estimate) and 100,000 (organizer estimate) people showed up on Saturday for the Los Angeles war protest in Hollywood. Miss Monica suggests splitting it down the middle: 60,000. Or judge for yourself:

Aerial photograph of war protest march down Hollywood Blvd., as seen in the Los Angeles Times.

Miss Monica’s shots:

Musician and artist against the war.

Five boys bare some in front of the Ripley Museum in Hollywood. Their sign reads, “Healthcare yes, war no!”

Celebrities join the crowd gathering at Hollywood and Vine, the starting point of the march.

An energetic group of protesters from Not In Our Name.

Every parade needs a marching band.

“Cool Down Cowboy”: Signs spanned the scale from whimsy…

…To outright attack.

Coupled with the latter, in the several protests Miss Monica has recently attended, were people handing out fliers which made statements like this:

“Of course the people don’t want war. But after all, it’s the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it’s always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it’s a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brough to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger.” – Herman Goering (source: Snopes).

Miss Monica does not agree that President George W. Bush is akin to Adolf Hitler or a member of the Nazi party.

The leaflet distributor clearly wished to assert that the Bush government has been using techniques (such as denouncing its opposition as unpatriotic), that were previously utilized by a despicable group (Nazis). Miss Monica notes that this kind of comparison is a popular form of abusive argumentum ad hominem — to reject a proposition based on the fact that it was also asserted by some other easily criticized person. Falacious logic it may be, but it is nonetheless very powerful if the desired effect is outrage from the person compared to the indefensible. As the German government recently discovered.


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