This is exactly how I felt listening to and reading about the protests worldwide. Once upon a time, I read somewhere "I think the Internet is the end of war." It may be. Last Saturday's demonstrations would have been impossible without that as an organizing tool. Who knows what the future may bring? But at least I'm posting something that isn't cynical.
The Will of the World
February 15, 2003, the day 10 million or so people in hundreds of cities on every continent demonstrated against war in Iraq, will go down in history as the first time that the people of the world expressed their clear and concerted will in regard to a pressing global issue. Never before--not during the Vietnam War, not during the antinuclear demonstrations of the early 1980s--had they made known their will so forcefully by all the means at their disposal. On that day, history may one day record, global democracy was born.
We--that is, we, the peoples of the earth--have examined the case for war against Iraq and rejected it. We have stepped forward onto the streets of our cities and looked at ourselves, and have liked what we saw. We know our will. Now we must act. We can stop the war.
Global Democracy? That sounds kinda cool.
Matthew Carroll-Schmidt at 2:03 PM