Protesting can be an act of bravery. Taking to the streets in South Africa against apartheid when that position was frowned upon. Standing in front of a tank in Tienanmen Square. But it's little more than street theater when people come out to protest something 70 percent of the country is already against:
Convinced this is their moment, tens of thousands marched Saturday in an anti-war demonstration linking military families, ordinary people and an icon of the Vietnam protest movement in a spirited call to get out of Iraq.
Celebrities, a half-dozen lawmakers and protesters from distant states rallied in the capital under a sunny sky, seizing an opportunity to press their cause with a Congress restive on the war and a country that has turned against the conflict.
It's their time; how special. At least such protest is honorable, made evident by the presence of a celebrity protester from the past who does not grasp the concept. Jane Fonda has more in common with certain legislators today, without the guts to cut off funding but falling all over themselves to vote for resolutions that make our soldiers much more vulnerable and, most despicable of all, taking to the microphones overseas to badmouth their country. Hanoi Jane was just ahead of her time.