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Peaceniks come to their senses
When President Bush gave the go-ahead on Operation Iraqi Freedom Wednesday night, it sounded the cue for massive anti-America protests across the nation. According to the AP, over 1,500 protestors were arrested Thursday as they brought cities to a grinding halt by clogging the streets. The peaceniks made their compelling case for peace in a variety of ways: in Portland, Oregon, people smashed in windows at a McDonald’s, sprayed graffiti across a Shell gas station, and 35 people were arrested.
San Francisco was, not surprisingly, a huge base for the anti-war crowd. In front of the federal building, about 300 people proceeded to vomit on the front steps in order to show how the war in Iraq “makes them sick.” (A very dignified protest, to be sure.) In order to protest the killing of Iraqis, a 44-year old real estate agent killed himself by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. In Los Angeles, about 1,000 participants burned an American flag (apparently the “Peace is Patriotic” theme was forgotten in the excitement) and managed to force the closure of one of the city’s busiest intersections at rush hour. At least 14 people were arrested in L.A. In Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., protestors blocked entrances to federal buildings and clogged streets during rush hour. Outside the White House, peaceniks stood in the rain chanting “no blood for oil.” Over 100 people were arrested. And in New York, protestors rallied at Union Square. In yet another example of our public school system being a complete joke, students skipped school to lie on the ground wearing black garbage bags. Why? In the words of 14-year-old Beacon High School student Rachel Klepner, “We’re expressing how the Iraqis are being killed for no reason.” You know, that’s a great thing to express, except that the person responsible for killing innocent Iraqis is Saddam Hussein and not George W. Bush. But that’s his business, right?
But believe it or not, some peaceniks are finally coming to their senses. According to United Press International, a group of American anti-war demonstrators who, along with Japanese protestors, went to Iraq as human shields, made it across the border with over 14 hours of uncensored video, all shot without Iraqi government minders present. Kenneth Joseph, a young American pastor with the Assyrian Church of the East said that the trip to Iraq had “shocked me back to reality.” Iraqis interviewed by Joseph told him that “they would commit suicide if American bombing didn’t start. They were willing to see their homes demolished to gain their freedom from Saddam’s bloody tyranny.” (Note to public school students: “Saddam’s bloody tyranny,” not “George Bush’s bloody tyranny.”) Joseph went on to say that “they convinced me that Saddam was a monster the likes of which the world had not seen since Stalin and Hitler. He and his sons are sick sadists. Their tales of slow torture and killing made me ill, such as people put in a huge shredder for plastic products, feet first so they could hear their screams as bodies got chewed up from foot to head.”
I suppose, in the thinking of a peacenik, a U.S. attack on the Iraqi leadership would be “immoral,” but it is completely moral for Saddam to turn his people into Tupperware. The fact of the matter is this: these protestors do not matter one iota. We have been blessed with a president who doesn’t have to go poll a group of people in order to make up his mind on an issue. The president knows what must be done and is committed to doing it. Over two-thirds of the American people stand firmly behind Bush, and although the anti-American crowd may be the loudest in the media, 72% of the country supports the president and his actions in Iraq. Let the uninformed minority continue their protests in city streets and across college campuses. These people wake up every morning mad at their parents because they weren’t born in time to protest Vietnam, so now they’re determined to create one.