WAR Protesters

United States
August 16, 2008 1:11pm CST
Have War protesters ever actually stopped a war? Are they effective or do they just make things worse?
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@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
16 Aug 08
War protesters have to be the most over rated group of individuals. They accomplish nothing yet are on every news network. War protesters are actually counter productive, because they slow down the war they are trying to end. Think of it like this, there is something that you need to smash which one would do the job faster, a sledge hammer or a tack hammer? War protester cause a war to last longer and cause more casualties, because they hamstrung the war effort. The military does one thing well, kill people and break things. If you take away tools that the military can use to kill people and break thing, the war will move slower and cost move lives. War protesters only make the job of those conducting the war harder.
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• United States
16 Aug 08
Some quotes that make a lot of sense to me. "If you hamper the war effort of one side, you automatically help out that of the other." --George Orwell "Diplomats are just as essential to starting a war as soldiers are to finishing it.. You take Diplomacy out of war and the thing would fall flat in a week."--Will Rogers, November 13, 1932
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@cripfemme (7715)
• United States
17 Aug 08
I think that they helped end the Vietnam war and they are stopping Bush and his insanity of invading Iran. I think our leaders, especially as I mentioned before the crazy Mr. Bush, would be more inclined to be more war mongering if protesters and other people who kept them honest weren't out there in the streets.
• United States
17 Aug 08
Don't you think that protesters on our side, encourage those on the other side? Generals in Vietnam have said that there were times they knew they were beaten, but the protesters in America were an encouragement to them and gave them the will to keep fighting. The same could be said of the terrorists we are trying to fight now. Don't you think they would be encouraged when they hear Jack Murtha call our Marines in Haditha "Cold blooded killers", When they had not even stood trial? Especially when we know now that the Marines weren't responsible. Or when Dickie Durbin compared our Marines to Pol Pot? I guess that AlQueada could easily use statements like that for recruiting more radicals. Personally I think that if not for the protesters gumming up the works, We could have been out of Iraq 2-3 years ago. Can you do the job you set out to do if you have someone on your back trying to prevent you from doing it? Wouldn't it take you a lot longer to do the job?
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@cripfemme (7715)
• United States
17 Aug 08
I disagree. I protest war, because I object to war in general. I'm a pacifist by religious training and personal ideology. I realize you can't always be non-violent, but I think you should try every effort. As Americans, we should, I feel, lead this effort. When my government doesn't act in that way, I must and will object. It's an American tradition to stand up for what you believe in and I'm going to continue doing that, regardless of what anyone says.
• United States
17 Aug 08
"I protest war, because I object to war in general." I hear this from pacifists all the time. Are you implying that those who don't protest, just don't care or even WANT war? Nobody wants war. You can Imply that people go into the military just so the can kill people. But that doesn't make it true. we spent 18 months trying to negotiate with Saddam. He was given an ultimatum. He was given a chance to leave Iraq. He refused any attempts to straighten up his act. The UN did everything they could do.(which is basically nothing) What more should we have done? There comes a point when protesters become counterproductive. "...regardless of what anyone says." It's not a matter of what anyone says, it's a matter of the effect that your actions cause. If you are encouraging the enemy to keep fighting when they would have laid down their arms and ended the war, what are you actually doing to end the war? Aren't your actions doing exactly the opposite of what you think?
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@MntlWard (880)
• United States
18 Aug 08
I don't know if protesters have ever stopped a war, but anti-war demonstrations so far outside of a war zone don't make things worse inside the war zone.
• United States
18 Aug 08
Well. You say that with such conviction that you MUST be right. Forget about the facts.
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@MntlWard (880)
• United States
20 Aug 08
Oh! You weren't asking a question? You were just pretending to ask a question in order to challenge anyone who gives the "wrong" answer?
• United States
20 Aug 08
No, I was asking a question. I was just looking for a little more substance, not just a statement from on High.
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@missybal (4492)
• United States
20 Aug 08
I think that the war protesters cause more violence and anger and make it even more difficult for officials to do what must be done to secure peace and freedom. Not saying all of those against war are like this but I believe the ones you were referring to are the ones with picket signs who march down streets stopping up traffic, screaming at those who try to get them off their property. The demonstrations like laying down on the ground to represent fallen soldiers is just a disgrace and disrespectful to those who have lost their lives fighting for what they believe in.
@piasabird (1737)
• United States
20 Aug 08
I think perhaps a little of both. In 1967 100,000 anti-war protesters gathered in New York and thousands more in San Francisco.The Woodstock concert brought 500,000 together from across North America in a protest against the war. Four students were killed at Kent State. Young men burned their draft cards or went to Canada. The people were divided. No doubt they helped to end the Vietnam war. But I think they also emboldened the enemy and prolonged the war. A house divided can not stand. Our enemies read the same newspapers that we do and when they see the division in our country they see a way to use it against us.
@sunshinecup (7881)
20 Aug 08
Yeah I think they do help in some way. They keep the fact not all in this country agree with it, in the public eye and not allow it to be swept under the rug. It reminds the politicians that their voters want an end to it and maybe forces them to work a bit harder at doing so.