Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Ten Thousand Demonstrate in Boston

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Ten Thousand Demonstrate in Boston

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"Stop the War Before it Starts" was the theme of a Nov. 26 demonstration in Boston. Organizers of the demonstration, the Emergency Coalition for Peace, Justice, and Non-Intervention in the Middle East, reported that 10,000 persons rallied and marched from Copley Square to the Boston Commons.

"Hell no, we won't go" and other chants filled the air as Daniel Ellsberg, who exposed the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam era, reminded participants that the difference between this war and others in the past (referring primarily to the Vietnam War), is that the president is giving 45 days' notice not just to Saddam Hussain of Iraq, but to the people of the United States. Such an opportunity should not be wasted, Ellsberg said. It is up to the American people to hold the president and Congress responsible for the outbreak of war and its aftermath. Another difference between the current situation and Vietnam, Ellsberg said, "is that we are gathered for action today to avert the war before it actually starts."

Rabab Hadi of the Palestine Solidarity Committee questioned the lack of symmetry between the US government's response to the Israeli occupation of Palestine since 1967, and the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait since last Aug. 2. A Palestinian herself, she called for one yardstick to be applied to all military occupations.

Other speakers called for Congress to convene and assume its responsibility for deciding on war or peace, especially at this crucial time, with some 400,000 US troops committed to the region. …

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