Colin Asher

Colin Asher is a freelance journalist. His writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Progressive, and many others. He blogs at 14%.

Recent Articles

Fighting the War -- and Irrelevance

With the war in Afghanistan now in its eighth year, the movement for peace looks to revamp itself.

In September 2009, when Barack Obama announced he was debating the merits of increasing the United States' human commitment to an unpopular war, there were no riots. The police did not square off with masked protesters, fire tear gas into streets swarming with people, or herd malcontents into protest pens. The war's opponents were nowhere to be found. But after the die was cast, when the president announced on Dec. 1, 2009, that he was committing 30,000 additional troops to the Afghanistan War, his critics hit the streets. The next day, hastily prepared protests took place across the country, and a large "Emergency Anti-Escalation Rally" was held at the Capitol. Another major rally, to be held in D.C. on March 20, 2010, was quickly announced. There has been a movement in opposition to the war in Afghanistan as long as there has been a war in Afghanistan. It began on the fringe and remained there for years, in part because internal power struggles and the radical political agenda of...