Last week, Dean announced his intention to participate in last weekend's 'peace' march in Washington, D.C. In the comments, I suggested that this might be a bad idea, as his worthy desire for true peace might not correlate with the views of the march organizers.
Christopher Hitchens has penned a marvelous column reminding us that the people behind the march are not anti-war, just anti-American (and anti-Semitic, -freedom, -homosexual, etc.):
To be against war and militarism, in the tradition of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, is one thing. But to have a record of consistent support for war and militarism, from the Red Army in Eastern Europe to the Serbian ethnic cleansers and the Taliban, is quite another. It is really a disgrace that the liberal press refers to such enemies of liberalism as "antiwar" when in reality they are straight-out pro-war, but on the other side.
When is the Left going to clean its own house? Besides being the moral course of action, it's politically counterproductive to make allies with these evil people. One might as well march alongside Fred Phelps or the Ku Klux Klan.
There are times when it's better to travail alone. For the rational, truly anti-war Left, this is one of them.