Here's a telling <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A37271-2002Dec10.html">quote from a Washington Post piece on "antiwar" protesters:</a> <blockquote>"Look around. See how many people are here of my age," says the delightfully named Alison Oldham, 73. "A lot of seniors are involved in this because we've seen so much. You look back at the cemeteries in France and everywhere, and it's so sad. War is such a useless thing." </blockquote> "Antiwar Effort Gaining Momentum," trumpeted the headline of <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A61647-2002Dec1.html">another Post article</a>, a week ago Monday. This is a puff piece about a group called Mothers Against War, which has "50 core members"--half the membership of the U.S. Senate--plus "thousands of supporters around the country and the world." But it doesn't sound as though many of these mothers are of childbearing age: "Most members of Mothers Against War are grandmothers in their seventies whose lives are already full." Far be it from me to disparage the wisdom that can come with age, but the contrast between the youthful antiwar movement of the 1960s and the geriatric one of today is surely worthy of note. Among other things, it's yet another way in which today's war is not "another Vietnam." The antiwar Web site Justview.org describes a visit by a group of clueless (and unphotogenic) activists to Tariq Aziz, whom the site misidentifies as Iraq's foreign minister (his actual title is deputy prime minister). "Mr. Aziz asked the group about the sentiment of the American public regarding plans for war with his country," the site reports. "He asked about the participation of university students against the war and asked our perspective on the effects of a war on the struggling U.S. economy." Justview doesn't reveal the answers to Aziz's questions, but how much do you want to bet the peaceniks unwittingly fed him misinformation: that the antiwar movement is (to coin a phrase) gaining momentum, that war would be terrible for the economy and so on? All of which is for the best. It doesn't hurt the American war effort that the Iraqis are relying on idiots for their intelligence.