THE mass protest rallies for peace held across Australia last weekend demonstrated a bond of unity which is seldom seen across the spectrum of society.
Hundreds of thousands of people from every religious group, income level, race and generation marched and took part in a peaceful show of concern demanding that Australians not be dragged into a bloody war which the United States is orchestrating.
Significantly, many of those who joined the parades had never before been part of this type of protest action.
These comprised mums, dads, grandparents and children, all standing up to oppose the futility and terror of war and the many innocent lives that would be lost in the event of an attack on Iraq.
Solidarity such as this can move mountains. Political leaders who ignore the pleas of the people do so at their own peril.