Clark, who directs International A.N.S.W.E.R. (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism), spoke to journalists and others at the National Press Club in Washington Monday.
"Do we really believe a phrase like that?" Clark asked the press club audience. "Do we really want people to submit to shock and awe?"
International A.N.S.W.E.R. has been criticized by some in the media for serving as a front for the World Workers Party, an admitted socialist organization that has allegedly advocated the regime of North Korea's Kim Jong Il. In a recent article for his Frontpagemag.com Internet site, former leftist radical turned conservative David Horowitz said the anti-war group uses a tactic developed by communists in the 1930s.
"In place of the 'dictatorship of the proletariat' and an 'international civil war,' the Communists organized coalitions for 'democracy, justice and peace,'" Horowitz wrote, adding that the organizers of today's peace demonstrations are "veteran Communists, and the movement itself is an exemplary expression of the strategy of the 'popular front.'"
Writing in Frontpagemag.com, author Stephen Schwartz described Clark as a "pliable puppet" for International A.N.S.W.E.R. "in an effort to gain respectability."
"I wouldn't be surprised if they (A.N.S.W.E.R.) were getting money from Saddam Hussein's regime and from North Korea," Kristinn Taylor, co-leader of the D.C. chapter of Free Republic told CNSNews.com.
Taylor and a handful of other D.C. Free Republic members protested Clark's appearance Monday outside the National Press Club building.
Inside the press club, Clark said, "U.S. militarism threatens the destiny of humanity."
"This country of ours has committed the most serious act of aggression in its history by engaging in a war of aggression without a declaration of war by Congress," Clark said, referring to the recent war with Iraq.
He said he did not see how "any reasonable person" could believe Iraq posed any kind of threat to the U.S., adding that weapons of mass destruction never made a difference in the decision to go to war with Iraq.
"The greatest danger we face is ourselves," Clark said. "We harbor the vast majority of all weapons of mass destruction ... yet we demand absolute obedience to our will."
Clark also called for Congress to impeach President George W. Bush.
"I urge everyone who cares about the integrity of our Constitution to take back the Constitution by insisting that the House of Representatives, which has the sole power of impeachment, process impeachment proceedings now against President Bush for launching this war of aggression," Clark said.
However, Clark admitted that getting Congress to act would be difficult since "the media shows no interest," and "the people are uninformed." He also acknowledged the difficulty in toppling a popular president.
"President Bush is the hottest thing since Sylvester Stallone," Clark said. "You can't get any better than Rambo, but he did, and he glories in it. You can feel his passion for militarism."
But Clark said the president's popularity was "paper-thin," noting the surge in popularity Bush's father enjoyed as president after the first Persian Gulf War until a soured economy took its toll and led to the elder Bush's defeat at the hands of Democrat Bill Clinton in the 1992 election.
"I guess if the economy is good, you can get away with any sin at all in the White House," Clark said.
When asked if he believed Saddam Hussein had tortured his own people as alleged, Clark said the charges amounted to a "demonization" of Hussein. He said in America today, people who don't say anything bad about Louis Farrakhan or Fidel Castro are themselves labeled "bad."
"I don't believe demonization is very helpful," Clark said. "I don't even believe in demons."
Clark defended his role as legal advisor to former Yugoslavian dictator Slobodan Milosevic before a U.N. war crimes tribunal, insisting that "everyone needs his own lawyer.
"I'd take on any capital case against anyone because I've always opposed the death penalty passionately," Clark said.
Such explanations fail to sway Taylor, who said he would like the media to do a better job of exposing the connection between communist groups supporting totalitarian regimes, the peace movement and the role anti-war leaders like Clark play.
"He is working to undermine America, pure and simple," Taylor said. "We used to call that treason, and some of us still do."
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