One of the reasons the peace movement has failed to gain traction is its inability to stay on topic. If we want to discuss Iraq then lets discuss Iraq alone. The problem is the Peace movement is directed and led by Communists who add extraneous clamor to the table.
The problem of allowing fringe groups into a protest is a familiar one. The subject comes up at Gay Pride events when the NAMBLA contingent is discussed. Even people who are otherwise favorably disposed to gays have a genuine disgust for NAMBLA. Many people object to the over the top antics at these parades and this includes many gays.
When one goes to a typical Peace protest one will see Mummia pictures, Pseudostinian flags, signs about housing, militant vegetarians and marijuana signs. The problem with the peace movement is many people have abused the protests by adding extraneous topics. What does Mummia have to do with the war in Iraq? What does poultry abuse at KFC have to do with Iraq?
The Duck and many others like to pretend that Code Pink, UPJ and ANSWER are not Communist Front Groups. A basic smell test of Code Pink shows that it was founded and led by well known Commie stooge Madea Benjamin. Many leftists see no issue with joining a communist led protest. However, the stench of class genocide and Communism
pervades these protests.
One of the great failures of the peace movement is the inability or refusal of non-Communists to set up their own events. America might respond differently to an on topic debate by people who disagree but are otherwise patriotic. The dissent of someone like Rob or Jams from the UK is an entirely different argument than the one from the Communist Duck of the Disney school of Islamic history.
The basic diference in a nutshell is debate starts with the premise there is a problem. The debate moves onto what is the best way to deal with the problem. This is why when Rob or Jams disagree with policy I treat it with respect.