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January 19, 2003
WILL WILKINSON is unimpressed by the invocation of Martin Luther King at yesterday's protests:
I have no idea what the man would have thought of our present situation, and I doubt others are in a much better position. I guess when you do such an awful job making a moral case against the war, you'll take whatever associations of moral authority you can muster. (And this from someone who is by no means in favor of the war.)
But his picture is an icon, and these protests seem to be mostly about the parading of icons. What the antiwar left needs, however, is some iconoclasm.
UPDATE: A reader points out that King's views on Zionism probably wouldn't be very popular with many of these protesters.
ANOTHER UPDATE: The King letter linked above appears to be a hoax. I actually checked on Google, found it in a number of places that looked reputable, and went with it. But another reader sends this link to a post explaining that it is probably bogus, though it goes on to note: "the message of the letter (Anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism) was one Martin Luther King, Jr. had indeed articulated."