Looking at some of the resent anti war protests on the TV lately (not that their was a lot) of news about them, but what I have seen, seems more or less to be conveying the same slogans using the same anti war symbols. Would it not be better if the protests had a greater depth and breadth? Instead of using the same pacifist slogans, demonstrating dissent form war, would it not be better to present multiple reasons, why the bombings are a bad idea. Would it be more productive for people like the CND, not just to simply protest about “no war” thus raising polarised counter argument for pro war. But instead make a more emotional argument like protesting against the right wing, manipulating the events of September the 11th to push forward their own agenda. If you are going to any of these events, do you simply go because you don’t want the war to continue? Or does it have something to do with, the economic sanctions against Iraq or the military funding of Israel (putting resent gesture politics aside) or perhaps the bombings in the Balkans? Is it not just a little bit more complex than Afghanistan? Yes it is the most immediate problem and one that hopefully does not become the worst humanitarian conflict crises of this millennium so far. But it interconnects with so many different issues. Maybe I have a problem understanding what protest is, I know it is important to show an opperset opinion of descent, to Anglo-American aggression, but… is there a better way of articulating this anti aggression? From a three-line statement with symbols into a full blown argument? When the protests are seen on TV, is it productive for the general public (that agree with the war to see simple placards) and I dare say (SWP placards) vaguely outlining the anti war sentiment. Would it be better to argue against everything, which is wrong? Would that not make it harder for people to simply dismiss and stick in a pigeonhole labelled “ ignore “. Everything, which has happened with in the last month, is culmination of a lot of different issues and issues which, have been long argued about in the anti-capitalist movement. And now all of a sudden in this present climate, the population has never been more in formed by international politics, so maybe that’s why now (with these anti war protests) we should be talking out loud about every thing else...from kayto earth summit to asylum. It would not only be better to put a more comprehensive message across, but also in a lot of the main stream media , (and when I say that I mean the liberal left as well) has commented in the last few weeks that the events of September the 11th have knocked the anti capitalist movement ((and I do hate those words)) for nine. Maybe they are wrong?, maybe they are right?, but none the less, would it help to cement are many different opinions? It interests me to think what an anti capitalist protest on the size of last mayday would do right now. But on the flip side, would it better to keep a distance?