Edwards' Insensitive Move
By Joe Conason
On Memorial Day, hundreds and perhaps thousands of Americans will take a break from barbecuing, tanning and shopping to express their opposition to the war in Iraq.
At the urging of John Edwards, whose presidential campaign has set up a special Web site dedicated to his new antiwar initiative, they will say prayers, light candles, speak up at family picnics, send cookies to soldiers and write letters to members of Congress and the White House, aiming to prove that you can oppose the war and still support the troops.
And some of them, as the Democratic presidential candidate also suggests, will stage antiwar demonstrations and hold up signs at holiday parades--an act certain to infuriate many veterans, embarrass others and delight the Republican right.
When Edwards publicly announced his new antiwar initiative on May 12, he rightly argued that it is every American's patriotic duty to force the government to end the war.