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I joined the International Socialist Organization, somehow, when I was at the anti war protest yesterday. There was a fairly good sized crowd. A lot of socialists. There were a few scuffles with some very angry pro-war folks, which is not surprising, considering. A couple of people offered little nuggets of wisdom from the sidelines as we passed: "Fuck you! FUCK YOU!", and "Nuke 'em and they'll glow in the dark, we can go in and get em at night!", mindless chants of "USA! USA! USA!" and on the positive side, a lot of supportive waves, smiling, honking as we marched down Market Street. It was good to be among other people who aren't mindlessly thirsting for blood... Good to know i'm not totally alone in my position.

I'm horrified. War is horrible. What happened to us is horrific. What we're doing is horrific. What we've done in the past is horrific. Where is this leading? Is this just a cycle of endless terror?

My housemate is getting all freaked out by the media, buying up tons of antibiotic powder in case of anthrax being released, and is also now convinced that there are stolen Russian nuclear suitcase bombs heading our way. This is a weird scene. We were both agitated, unable to sleep, so we stayed up watching Washington Journal on c-span. This soothed us for a short while, watching the effete hosts read selected tidbits from stacks of newspapers, magazines and websites... Then the callers started in, and it all went downhill from there. There was one guy who said he was deeply saddened that we haven't gone in with any of our nuclear arsenal yet, another who said that people who didn't support the war effort were like a cancer, and a product of Bin Laden's propaganda campaign, as bad as the terrorists. Another creep called up to mumble something about the milky way and the universe and something about disappearing and god was in there too. eek. It got pretty alarming. Only one or two of the callers had anything even remotely informed or intelligent to say. I spent some time actually trying to call in, uncertain of what exactly I would say, but I got too impatient with the busy signals. I could only watch a few more minutes of it anyhow. I gave up shortly after my housemate went off to bed.
I'm very conflicted right now.


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Oct. 8th, 2001 07:06 am (UTC)
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The people who call...ugh.

Oct. 8th, 2001 01:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Caller
Yeah, phone-in shows seem to provide the ideal platform for all kinds of freaky shut-ins and malcontents to voice their ill-formed opinions and that's great and everything... I firmly believe that everyone should have the right and the ability to express themselves, but, it's so frightening hearing how ignorant, sometimes willfully stupid much of america is. It's amazing how easily people are swayed by propaganda, by the media...
Oct. 8th, 2001 09:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Thanks, Caller
Hey, that malcontent was me!

Oh, wait. I think I was watching kickass Sonny Chiba movies then.
Oct. 9th, 2001 12:32 am (UTC)
Re: Thanks, Caller
It was like 5am! You weren't watching anything.

Oct. 8th, 2001 07:25 am (UTC)
I was a member of the ISO for a number of years. 1993-1996, then briefly again in 1997. Why did you join? Are you planning on getting active in it?
Oct. 8th, 2001 01:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah, actually, I am planning on getting active. Color me empowered. I thought perhaps I'd give my support to something larger than myself, politically, see how it feels to be a joiner for a while.
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Oct. 8th, 2001 01:42 pm (UTC)
I was pretty freaked out during the protest, there are some passionately angry people out there, screaming and foaming at the mouth. I half expected violence to break out, to get slugged or something. I still haven't put my "NO TO WAR" poster up in the front window, because we're all afraid that someone will throw rocks. I haven't ever felt that kind of fear before.

I can't even imagine how hard it would be to be in NYC or DC right now.
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