Conor Friedersdorf, whoever he is, wrote a piece in the Atlantic about how the anti-war hippies were mistreated by the media during the War Against Hussein’s Iraq and somehow it was about “hatred and resentment”. As someone who spent an inordinate amount of time among the filthy beasts, I think I can testify that they deserved every bit of that “hatred and resentment”.
The first anti-war protest I attended was weeks after the attacks of 9-11. You see the protest had been planned long before the attacks had occurred and what had originally been an anti-Bush protest morphed into an anti-war protest. I wish I still had the pictures of bushy-headed hippie turds waving Soviet and Chinese flags wearing their trendy Che Guevara t-shirts and pushing their Marxist pamphlets on tourists. All of which had something to do with the impending war in Afghanistan.
The article in the Atlantic bemoans the pro-Iraq War crowd calling the hippies “tools”, but it fails to mention that the first pro-Saddam actions was when “human shields” traveled to Iraq ostensibly to protect the Iraqi people, but Hussein used them to shield his military installations and chemical plants. Even those hippies started having second thoughts about their usefulness.
There were few anti-war protests after the one in 2001 until about January 2007 when I went to one in DC. I rode the train with hundreds of union members who were forced to attend the march and pad the ranks. Just like the protesters who made weekly appearances at Walter Reed to reinforce the weak numbers of Code Pinkists and MoveOnists who did their best to harass the returning wounded from the war every Friday night. Yeah, nothing to dislike there, huh?
There was the Mothers’ Day protest, i think it was 2004 or 2003, when I saw several women holding a “Mothers Against the War” banner in front of the White House. I asked them how many were really mothers, two raised their hands, so I asked how many had children in the military – one raised her hand. A little more grilling and she finally admitted that her son had been in the first Gulf War, but not the current war against Hussein. So out of about 15 women holding a “Mothers Against the War” banner, none were actually mothers of soldiers in the Iraq War, and they weren’t shy at all about their obvious deceit.
By the way, the Park Police had to escort me out of Lafayette Park that day because I was surrounded by peace-loving hippies who threatened me and my wife for asking embarrassing questions.
You can thumb through the archives of this blog and see countless examples of the protesters just being assholes and you can tell that the protests were nothing more than recruitment activities for communists and Marxists. That’s how Lenin attracted communists and socialists to the Russian Revolution during the 1st World War by gloming on to the anti-war protests. So, if the Atlantic is trying to rewrite history by claiming that the protesters had something of value to add to the discussion, I’d say the author never set foot among the protesters. They were nothing but anti-Bush protesters and communist recruiters.