Numerous polls show that the people of the United States oppose the Libya war by a 2-1 margin despite the extreme pro-war propaganda churned out by the corporate media—which again has shown itself to be the fourth branch of government.
But this anti-war sentiment has not yet been reflected in mass anti-war activity. This was the significance of the July 9 protest initiated by the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism). Despite the 96-degree heat index, for the first time hundreds of people came together to stand up, be counted and register their dissent at the President’s doorstep against the war on Libya. History has shown that mass movements can quickly grow from such gatherings, and this could again be the case if the war were to escalate. Over the last few weeks, the resistance of the Libyan people and government has only seemed to grow, exposing the imperialists’ vision of quick regime change as an unattainable dream.