ABOUT 200,000 people joined powerful anti-war demonstrations in San Francisco, Washington, and other cities in the US last weekend. The Washington Post reported that it was Washington's largest anti-war demo since the Vietnam War era. That challenge to George Bush came as protests were planned in most towns and cities in Britain for Thursday, a day of action called by the Stop the War Coalition.
The US government wanted to get a blank cheque for war from the United Nations Security Council this week. Bush wants war with or without UN backing. On Monday Tony Blair and foreign secretary Jack Straw said they will follow Bush come what may. But the last few days have shown that here and in the US a movement is growing that has the potential to stop them.