From the beginning, the heads of the American Central Intelligence Agency followed a plan to use the work of agents posing as "human shields." The CIA chiefs used peace activists in America carefully and systematically.
Yes, large demonstrations can show people they are not alone in their beliefs and help voices be heard, but if aligning oneself with ANSWER does more damage than good, then perhaps unity is not the only answer.
A preceding remark. A military official appeared on C-Span last night during a "Future of Iraq" conference. He said that the guerilla war in Iraq is expected to last 3-5 years and require 60,000 troops. He said that it will differ from Vietnam because, instead of in the countryside, it will continue to occur in the cities.