Antiwar Protesters Take to White House Facebook Page
By Garance Franke-Ruta
On Monday, they staged a protest to deliver petitions to the White House. On Wednesday, they did the virtual equivalent at the White House online.
Antiwar protesters seeking to increase pressure on President Obama to pull back from the war in Afghanistan took to Facebook to scrawl antiwar messages on the White House wall -- Facebook wall, that is, where any member of the public can leave a message -- in a "Friendly Takeover."
The group Peace Action West and the Peace Education Fund launched the protest Monday. By Wednesday afternoon, the eighth anniversary of the start of the invasion, those clicking on the "Just Fans" tab on the wall were treated to a stream of antiwar messages.
"No more troops or money for foreign wars. Let's focus on what's really important: climate change," wrote Miller Duvall.
"This week's anniversary marks 8 years of war in Afghanistan, and I'm remembering those who have died. Bullets don't win hearts and minds. Don't send more troops. We need a better plan for Afghanistan," chimed in Amy Beinart.
"8 years in Afghanistan and we have nothing to show for it. We have already lost, let's not go the way of the Soviet Union," added Aleksey Ioseliani.
The online protest was similar in nature to several waged against then-candidate Obama's Web site when he took positions anathema to the left. Messages on other topics were also posted on the page -- as well as comments on the postings -- but the antiwar theme dominated. The White House declined comment.
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October 7, 2009; 9:29 PM ET
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