Saturday, February 10, 2007
Vietnam Veterans to Protect Their Wall From Protestors
"When you volunteer for the U.S. military, you pretty much know you're not going to be fending off invasions from Mexico and Canada. So you're willingly signing up to be a fighting tool of American imperialism," he wrote in a column titled "Warriors and Wusses. I'm not advocating that we spit on returning veterans like they did after the Vietnam War," Stein added, "but we shouldn't be celebrating people for doing something we don't think was a good idea." -Joel Stein, LA Times columnist
"So, we pay the soldiers a decent wage, take care of their families, provide them with housing and medical care and vast social support systems and ship obscene amenities into the war zone for them, we support them in every possible way, and their attitude is that we should in addition roll over and play dead, defer to the military and the generals and let them fight their war, and give up our rights and responsibilities to speak up because they are above society? Evidently, far too many in uniform believe that they are the one true nation. They hide behind the Constitution and the flag and then spew an anti-Democrat, anti-liberal, anti-journalism, anti-dissent, and anti-citizen message that reflects a certain contempt for the American people." -William Arkin, Washington Post columnist (source)
There is another large Anti-War march being planned for March 17, 2007 (they call this the "4th anniversary of the criminal invasion of Iraq'")...the March on the Pentagon organized by ANSWER, Maxine Waters, Cynthia McKinney, Mother Sheehan, Jane Fonda, Michael Berg, CAIR reps and their ilk (full list).
Those of you with children in high school: Be aware of who is speaking at your children’s school and what they are bringing home...This from the website:
"...Anti-war organizers are regularly giving presentations in high school classrooms and to student organizations, encouraging them to participate in the March 17th mass demonstration. In addition, you can receive a packet of student-related materials -- from stickers and flyers, to instructions on how to organize a bus -- which make it possible even for first-time organizers to succeed in this project." (source)
BUT, this year their path to the Pentagon will not be without a voice from those that support the troops and the sacrifices they are making. There will be a detail sent to protect the Vietnam Wall from spitting/vandalizing leftists/anarchists. It is dubbed the "Gathering of Eagles":
"...This time, however, protestors will see objectors if they spit on Iraqi veterans again, or throw paint on a war memorial. This time, they will encounter a buzz saw of Vietnam veterans and supporters who will gather to protect the Wall, and show their support for U.S. troops. The counter-protestors are calling themselves the Gathering of Eagles.
"… An eagle knows when a storm is approaching long before it breaks. The eagle will fly to some high spot and wait for the winds to come. When the storm hits, it sets its wings so that the wind will pick it up and lift it above the storm. While the storm rages below, the eagle is soaring above it."
An unknown author wrote that description, but it describes how the veterans see their mission. They are angry that the Wall is being used as a jumping off point for a political protest and they are gathering to protect it from another storm of anti-war activists.
The group defending the Wall will be wearing armbands to identify themselves. Those who are unable to stand with the defenders are being asked to wear armbands with small U.S. flags to show their own communities that they abhor the Fonda-Sheehan tactics." (source)