The time has come to move on, or so we're told. At every available opportunity, salivating reporters soak up and spit out ¸ with a cautionary word or two ¸ the official dictums of the State Department and the Department of Defense, the two of which have become alarmingly indistinguishable over the past few months.
We ¸ the American people, especially those who don't support the war ¸ are told that the time for protest is over. Many swallow it, proving that they didn't quite get the point in the first place. Preemptive protest was a new peace tactic, to confront a new war tactic: preemptive attack. Protest, however, is not something that ends when the thing protested begins; that's where it rightfully starts.