2005/09/26

Situation of pro-war alliance

Okay, it's the claim of the anti-Cindy Sheehan group that “You don't speak for me, Cindy”. Fine, we'll go with that.

So how many people showed up at the rally that was scheduled for the day after the demonstration in Washington DC that some estimate at 500,000 (My email this morning has still higher estimates)? After all, the pro-war people were expecting at least 20,000 to show up. Seems they managed to get a grand, whopping, dramatic total of only 400.

Okay, so Cindy Sheehan does not represent fewer than one percent of the people who felt strongly enough about the Iraq War that they made the trip to DC to stand and be counted. Okay.

What about in terms of money? How about the people who simply sent in a check but didn't want to travel all the way to DC? Well, the picture there is not so hot, either.

“An extraordinary appeal to Americans from the Bush administration for money to help pay for the reconstruction of Iraq” went out and managed to collect a grand total of, get this, $600! Not $600,000, not even $6000, but $600. As the blogger Steve Gilliard puts it: “My God, any blogger could raise more in a few hours. “

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