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International Action Center - "Peace Activists" with a Secret Agenda

by Anti-Vanguardists Tuesday, Dec. 04, 2001 at 11:38 PM

A critical look at the Stalinist cult behind the International Action Center and the ANSWER coalition.

The International Action Center:

"Peace Activists" with a Secret Agenda?

By Kevin Coogan


On September 29th, 2001, just a few weeks following the September 11th

terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, a large peace rally

was held in Washington, D.C., to oppose an American military response to the

attack. The main organizer of the D.C. rally, ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War &

End Racism), was officially established shortly after the 9/11 attack. The leading

force behind ANSWER's creation is the International Action Center (IAC), which

represents itself as a progressive organization devoted to peace, justice, and

human rights issues. The IAC's organizational clout is considerable: for the past

decade it has played a leading role in organizing protest demonstrations against

U.S. military actions against both Iraq and Serbia. After the September 11th attack,

the IAC decided to turn its long-organized planned protest against the

International Monetary Fund and World Bank gathering, scheduled for the 29th,

into an action opposing any use of U.S. military power in response to terrorism.

The IAC owes its current success to Ramsey Clark, a former Attorney General

during the Johnson Administration, who is listed on the IAC's website as its

founder. Clark's establishment credentials have caused many in the mass media to

accept the IAC's self-portrayal as a group of disinterested humanitarians appalled

by war and poverty who are working to turn American foreign policy towards a

more humane course. On its website the IAC says it was "Founded by Ramsey

Clark" and then describes its purpose: "Information, Activism, and Resistance to

U.S. Militarism, War, and Corporate Greed, Linking with Struggles Against Racism

and Oppression within the United States."

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