Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

March 17, 2005

Can MoveOn Move On?

Filed under: — Different River @ 1:01 am

MoveOn.org started out as a left-wing group campaigning to “move on” from then-President Clinton’s past indiscretions get back to the nation’s business. Their first project was an online petition to “Censure President Clinton and Move On to Pressing Issues Facing the Nation.” They resurfaced around 2002 or so as an anti-war and general-purpose anti-Bush group, but by far their biggest projects have been supporting Howard Dean (in his time) and opposing the Iraq war.

From which, it seems, MoveOn can’t move on. I received an e-mail from them yesterday, with this little gem:

March 19th, 2005 will mark 2 full years since the bombs started falling in Iraq. As of yesterday, 1,516 American troops have been killed in combat, and over 11,220 have been seriously injured. Uncounted tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians have died, and millions are without electricity or running water. The Bush administration is in the middle of an optimism campaign on Iraq, and wants us to believe that a stable peace is around the corner. But most realists see years of chaos and violence ahead. The two-year anniversary of the invasion is an important time to come together in
response.

Let’s see, a vigil to stop an invasion to topple a regime that was toppled almost two years ago. To restore electricity to a country that now has more electricity than it did before the war started. And — what, undo the effects of the war? Do they want to nullify the Iraqi election, and take Saddam out of jail and restore him to power? (What happened to “count every vote”?) Can’t they just forget the war and “move on”? Or is “moving on” something they demand only of their political opponents?

It is some sort of poetic irony that they sent this e-mail out on the same day the first elected Iraqi National Assembly in over 50 years was meeting for the first time.

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