Protest isn't a spectator sport. The purpose of bringing people together in one place is to show their strength and determination.
Are the politicians commemorating the end of world war two acting in the spirit of those who fought and died in their millions 70 years ago?
The anti-war movement's prediction that western interventions would set the Middle East on fire, have proved tragically true, but that will not stop politicians fanning the flames.
Muslims are portrayed as fanatics and extremists, caught in a clash of civilisations where the good guys are representatives of western civilisation.
The farce continues, as yet another delay means we still don't know if war criminals like Tony Blair will be incriminated by the Iraq war inquiry.
The obscenity of continuing with endless wars while forcing cut backs in everything from libraries to healthcare at home is not lost on millions of people in both the US and Britain.
The architects of the War on Terror, like George W Bush and Dick Cheney, have launched a counter offensive against the CIA report claiming that torture saved lives.
When terrorism is defined by religion and the colour of your skin, the campaigns opposing war, Islamophobia and racism have to go together, writes Lindsey German.