Courtland Milloy praises student Peta Lindsay because "she refuses to be duped by the Bush administration" [Metro, March 19]. He exalts the group ANSWER as having been organized to "challenge the warmongering and the racial and religious profiling that emerged after" the terror attacks on America. Wrong.
International ANSWER is a post-9/11 creation of the International Action Center, one of many front groups for the Workers World Party, an unabashedly anti-American, anti-West, anti-democracy communist organization. The Workers World Party has a litany of impressive pro-totalitarian campaigns to its credit. It applauded the Chinese government's 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, supports North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il, defended the genocidal Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic and has viewed Saddam Hussein as a beacon of anti-imperialist resistance. It doesn't simply oppose war, it actively supports anti-American actions, vociferously encouraging our enemies.
For these reasons, the recent antiwar protests, many of which have been organized by ANSWER, have been controversial, with some groups refusing to participate precisely because of ANSWER's sponsorship. ANSWER has fought these groups viciously. In one case, antiwar activist Rabbi Michael Lerner was barred from speaking at a San Francisco rally because of comments he made regarding the group's blatant anti-Semitism.
To be fair, many who attend ANSWER's protests or otherwise participate with the group know nothing about its underlying agenda.
Likewise, many people and groups repulsed by ANSWER's support for genocidal dictators choose to attend the group's antiwar events anyway, because they prioritize protesting war. But Milloy specifically praises ANSWER, misinforms regarding the organization's origins and commends a young student for her clarity of vision, even as she joins hands with a vile organization about which she is either ignorant, in which case we should pity her, or well informed, in which case we should not praise but condemn her.
-- Jeffrey S. Stillman