A Day of Protest
The war isn't in Vietnam, and it isn't 1967. But a bad war and bad government have again engendered protest. Some of the faces are familiar, although the slogans have been updated.
Tens of thousands of anti-war protesters, energized by fresh congressional skepticism about the war in Iraq, were demanding a withdrawal of U.S. troops in a demonstration Saturday featuring a handful of celebrities such as Jane Fonda and Susan Sarandon. ...
Other demonstrators on a clear, sunny day carried signs to the National Mall that said "Make hip-hop not War," "The surge is a lie," and "Clean water speaks louder than bombs."
Not that the president will notice ... or care.
As protesters streamed to the Mall, Bush reaffirmed his commitment to the troop increase in a phone conversation Saturday with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a day when one or two rockets struck the heavily fortified Green Zone, home of the Iraqi government, thousands of Americans and the U.S. and British embassies.
This isn't, after all, the kind of protest the president purports to admire.
On Monday, [President Bush] called anti-abortion marchers on the phone from Camp David.
The life of a fetus apparently has greater value to the president than the life of a soldier.
As for the notion that protest harms the (supposedly good) morale of troops in the field:
Frank Houde, 72, of Albany, N.Y., was a career Air Force pilot who served in Vietnam. Houde did not carry a sign, but said that his protest was on his hat, which said "Veterans for peace." ... Houde, retired from the antique restoration business, said he was never upset by protests at home while he was in Vietnam.
"I knew most were protesting on principle," he said. "It was a democratic process."
Free speech. Use it or lose it.
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