War protesters focus on U.S.' attack-first policy
By FRANK DAVIES
Knight Ridder Newspapers
Tuesday, April 15, 2003
WASHINGTON - Opponents of the war in Iraq, unable to stop a conflict that
ended relatively quickly, are trying to refocus their energies by
targeting the Bush administration policy of pre-emptive attack.
One mainstream group, Win Without War, announced Tuesday that it will
renew efforts to highlight the costs and consequences of the war and
prevent a U.S. attack on Syria or other countries.
"We need to do everything within our power to bury the Bush doctrine in
Iraq," said Tom Andrews, director of the coalition of 40 groups,
including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
and the National Council of Churches.
The anti-war group is conducting a global petition drive on the Internet
(www.winwithoutwarus.org) to mobilize opposition against pre-emptive
wars. Andrews said Win Without War is working with similar groups in
Britain and Spain, two countries that were part of the coalition of the
willing backing the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
Andrews acknowledged the military success of U.S. forces in Iraq and
added that "the Iraqi people, and the world, are better off without
Andrews was joined at a news conference by actor and director Tim
Robbins, an outspoken opponent of the war who said allies of the Bush
administration are trying to stifle dissent. Last week, the president of
the baseball Hall of Fame, Dale Petroskey, canceled a celebration of the
movie "Bull Durham," starring Robbins and his partner, Susan Sarandon,
because he feared that they would make anti-war statements at the event.
"A chill wind is blowing through this nation," Robbins said. "A message
is being sent through the White House and its allies in talk radio and
... Cooperstown: `If you oppose this administration, there can and will
A couple of groups that opposed the war used Tuesday's deadline for
filing tax returns to highlight their objection to using taxes for the
U.S. invasion. Tax "resisters" in several cities said they would not pay
their federal taxes.
"It is time for people who believe this war is wrong to realize that in
paying our taxes we are funding the very wars we protest," said Betty
Scholten, a resident of Washington.