Sparse turnout -- fewer than 1,000 at a rally on Saturday, according to local media reports -- could undermine the goal of forcing an end to , participants say.In typical leftist fashion, the protest groups are the result of a split in "The Workers World Party," a feat which surely rivals the splitting of the atom (as an old line about some other such split used to go.)
Saturday's protest, sponsored by the Troops Out Now Coalition, came two weeks after an antiwar event sponsored by the ANSWER Coalition, which drew roughly 10,000 people. ANSWER also sponsored a rally in March.
The groups' agendas are similar, opposing what they call "imperialist" U.S. policy not only in Iraq but toward countries likeand Iran -- which has alienated some supporters.
"There's all of these peripheral issues that you're going to be associated with, whether you want to or not," said Hamilton College history professor Maurice Isserman.
Both groups' leaders were associated with the Workers World Party, which advocates a shift toward a Soviet-style planned economy. But a 2004 dispute prompted some members to form the splinter Party for Socialism and Liberation.
Members of the splinter group stayed active in the ANSWER Coalition, and the remaining members of the Workers World Party formed the Troops Out Now Coalition, Troops Out Now spokesman Dustin Langley said. [Emphasis added.]
The communists similarly fooled large portions of the American public during the Vietnam War; we are fortunate that they haven't been able to do so now even with MSM supporters and Soros's money.