Today Seattle saw one of its biggest protests in history, with twenty five thousand people marching from the Seattle Center through downtown to the INS building, all with a common message: No war in Iraq.
To paraphrase one of the speakers at the rally on the recent reaction to the Blix report (3 for), "Will the United Nations serve the purpose of its founding, or will it be irrelevant? Well, Mr President, I am here to tell you, look around and you will see, the United Nations has done its duty".
Everyone had their own message, all had a common theme, from the simple 'No Iraq War', 'Impeach Bush' and 'Not in our name', to the more pointed 'Pearl Harbor was pre-emptive war' and 'Justice or Just Us'. There seemed to be universal support for the troops whatever happens, a significant difference from Vietnam, I suspect. Without doubt, there was a real cross section of people present, from the 'Raging Grannies' to the 'Whores not wars' crowd. As the chant goes: this is what democracy looks like.
Despite the significant global display of public opinion, is that alone enough to change the path on which things are heading? I sincerely hope so.