- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 21, 2005

This is to welcome the anti-war rabble-rousers descending on our city today, potentially 100,000 strong by the weekend, many no doubt fatigued from lugging around the baggage of conceit that their enlightened voices so desperately need to be heard.

Try to be on your best behavior, everyone. We know the anarchists among you sometimes like to throw rocks through storefront windows and set the occasional fire, because anarchy somehow complements the give-peace-a-chance message.

Alas, this shrill exercise comes at no small price to taxpayers and the already overburdened D.C. Metropolitan Police Department and U.S. Park Police, ever cautioned to be extra-nice and careful around those who support the troops but not the war, however tortured that premise is.

Osama bin Laden is forever taking notes from his caves and hideaways along the no man’s region of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, thankful for the support of those who draw their intellectual sustenance from the flaccid likes of Michael Moore, George Soros and Moveon.org.

Given our open-border policy and embrace of illegal aliens, perhaps the nut job will be on the Ellipse on Saturday, holding hands with the like-minded as they belt out, “We are the World.” The organizer of the redundancy is Act Now to Stop War and End Racism, a mouthful.

All these groups start from a dishonest position, which is a good way to lose an audience. They are supportive of the troops, even if the troops would be the first to tell them they could do without this kind of support, that it only emboldens those endeavoring to blow us up or slice off our heads.

They cannot seem to grasp that fundamental concept, no matter how many times it is made. They also cannot seem to understand that their inalienable right to chant and carry grade-school posters stretches resources better used to defend against another terrorist attack.

We also might remind the assembled of the awfulness of September 11, 2001, and this city’s place on the target list. The reality is never too distant from those who live and work in the city. These are serious times, like it or not, and the notion of a dirty bomb being set off in the downtown section of the city has been raised anew following the Hurricane Katrina-induced mess in New Orleans.

Would our evacuation go any smoother? Doubtful. Probably not.

None of this is intended to mute the participants, although we already know their positions.

How many ways are there to say you are against the war? How many times does it have to be heard? The eerie image of Cindy Sheehan has been granted a thorough airing on the cable channels. Barring a change in political positions, we pretty much know she bounces between heavy-handed and strident.

If the protest is intended to galvanize support, that prospect is fairly dim. The country remains politically polarized, awash in red, except for the blue urban centers that push the left-wing agenda, as the Hurricane Katrina fallout demonstrated again.

The media organs in the blue urban centers can be amusing. Drumbeat: Everything is crummy with the Bush administration. Latest poll: X percent say they are losing confidence in the president.

The protesters have scheduled a plethora of entertaining activities, all with an all-knowing, condescending face.

Something called the Mobilization for Global Justice and the Adopt an Intersection have come up with the really neat idea of blocking streets to prevent officers of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank from attending their semiannual meetings on Sunday.

You wonder if a plan like this comes to someone in the middle of the night or if members of the groups all sit around somewhere and brainstorm before someone goes, “I got it. Why don’t we block the streets, be a public nuisance to show our heartfelt views and inconvenience the employees as much as possible?” It is brilliant stuff, and it is coming our way.

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