Peace Movement Not Silent: Response
to Ellen Goodman
by Leslie Reindl
Minneapolis Star Tribune, January 5, 2003
To the Editor: Recently Ellen Goodman referred to the "silent majority"
that she believes are against a war on Iraq but do not speak up, and stated
that the peace movement has not yet rallied the public against such a
Perhaps when Ms. Goodman wrote this column her remarks rang true. But
in the last month or so I believe there has been a mass turning against
war, and public expressions of that turning. This is perhaps best evidenced
by the new "Win Without War Coalition," which includes the National
Council of Churches (representing 50 million congregants), the NAACP,
the Sierra Club (which is usually apolitical), Business Leaders for Sensible
Priorities, the MoveOn campaign, and Veterans for Common Sense. I have
seen my own church move from a position of support for the administration
to one of vocal opposition. I have also met numerous people in rallies
and vigils who say they have never protested anything before.
The U.S. media would do well to begin reporting fully on the noise of
this "silent majority," and to explore in depth the economic,
social and moral effects on its own citizens, let alone on those elsewhere,
of a country beginning a preemptive war on helpless civilians while bribing
countries around the world to support it in this evil act.
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