This Day in History?
globe it was the biggest and most widespread collective protest
the world has eveer seen, and if you count the small demonstration
at McMurdo Station in Antarctica, the first to reach all seven
continents. [. . .] It bore witness to a usually unspoken desire for
something other than ordinary private life, for something more risky,
more involved, more idealistic. Perhaps many - or most - are not really
ready to live up to that desire but it is there, an aquifer of pure passion.
[. . . ] The millions marching on February 15 represented something
that is not yet fully realized, an extraodinary potential waiting,
waiting for some catalyst to bring it to full flower. A new imagination
of politics and change is already here . . ."
~ Rebecca Solnit
I found these images in The Guardian, accompanying a set of somewhat dispirited stories today looking back on the massive - and prescient - anti-war demonstrations that occurred in cities around the world five years ago today. I have not been able to find the events marked in other media outlets. The New York Times (unsurprisingly) takes no notice, but nor do The Nation, Alternet, openDemocracy, In These Times, Common Dreams News Center . . . What Gives?
These images are of London, but might well have been of NYC or San Francisco or elsewhere in the U.S.; opposition to the administration and its war is not new. It is important to remember that large numbers of Americans have opposed the Bush disaster from the start - and before, as these protests appropriately enough, were preemptive.