GATHERING OF EAGLES 1-MARCH 17, 2007-WASHINGTON D.C.

MIRACLE IN WASHINGTON

Power to the People

The Anti-Iraq War Movement

Influencing the Views of the Weak-Minded American

A DAY IN WASHINGTON

ATTEMPTED ATTACK ON THE WALL

I must point out this was not an Antiwar protest. The media has lied to America again as it was an Anti-American protest funded, organized and conducted by the communist organization ANSWER.Coalition. All the professionally done posters carried by the anti-American protesters bore the ANSWER.Coalition logo. Yes, there were a few antiwar protesters, again, the word few with their home made signs.

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Here is a video clip that shows how things really went. Frank Tigano and I won't be in any of these because he and I spent almost all our time in the Indian camp confronting  the Indians. Frank did recognize Michelle Malkin and wanted to go talk to her but I dissuaded him (Sorry Frank) and we moved across the fence to look these assholes eye to eye, close range and tell them what we though. Hopefully the picture Frank took of me up close in Indian camp within a foot of two giving the middle finger to one of their signs. I think Frank had a blast, we told more than a few of these people what we though and I did not hold back on using the F You words or tell them they were full of shit, something we could do if we remained on our side of the street.

We found that most of those in the Indian camp were advocating anti-American sentiment rather than Antiwar. All the professionally done signs you see in the video, TV, newspaper were by A.N.S.W.E.R. COALITION (A communist organization) were communist oriented such as the Che sign. They were passing out papers entitled SOCIALIST, MILITANT, or other such anti-American orientated materials. We found them willing to express themselves but unwilling to hear what we had to say if we tried to talk to them logically, most were young people were young and bussed in, a couple of them said they had been paid or worked for A.N.S.W.E.R.COLATION We also found them to be ideologically locked into simple sound bites like: Bush Lied; We Invaded Iraq for their Oil; Halburtin: War Crimes, yada, yada, yada broken record with no substance.

The video clearly shows how many of the Eagles were there that the mainstream media lied about.

Robert

Click to view the viedo-->michelleMalkin report on the GOE VIDEO
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From a Canadian Newsman.  One big hooray and thanks for the Canadians.
 Gathering of Eagles warm graves of fallen soldiers:

Miracle in Washington

By Judi McLeod
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Yesterday, St. Patrick's Day 2007, a group of ordinary patriots, known nobly as The Gathering of Eagles, achieved something no one else ever could.
Ragtag by nature, Gathering of Eagles' membership includes the wounded, both walking and in wheelchairs, the gratefully and proudly ageing and the living-with-the-memory-of-lost- loved ones, brokenhearted. Some lie awake nights worrying about loved ones still in harm's way, but the one human emotion missing from Gathering of Eagle members is disillusion. All because if there was any chance the touted anti-war protesters were going to desecrate war memorials, then The Gathering of Eagles members were going to be there--no matter from how far away they had to come, no matter in what shape March 17 was to find them in.
When they came to the call of Move America Forward, they knew in their hearts that they would be up against it. March 17 was not only the 40th anniversary of the Mother of all anti-war protests, when a decades-ago massive march to the Pentagon demanded an end to the war in Vietnam, it was also being marked as the 4th Anniversary of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Capitalizing on the past, and gathering at a time when the Nancy Pelosi Democrats control the White House, the anti-war movement was flooding Washington, D.C. This weekend with a once-and-for-all demand for America to surrender the War on Terrorism.
Veterans joining up with the Gathering of Eagles from as far away as Hawaii, knew from the out start they could be vastly outnumbered in body, but never in spirit.
From a heralding media, hundreds of thousands were said to be descending upon Washington. Jane Fonda would be there to meet them. The mainstream media, so many sadly in sync with the "U.S. Out of Iraq Now" crowd, would ensure that the other side would get little network attention.
Mother Nature brought the dawning of a cold day with proof from the age-old adage that "March wind (is) colder than snow."
Even though the counter protest was to be resoundingly successful, only snippets of what took place in Washington was to flicker briefly from yesterday's suppertime news.
But 'These Colors Don't Run', and this is what the troop-loving Move America Forward and the Gathering of Eagles accomplished against all odds.
The hundreds of thousands the anti-war movement promised did not descend on the nation's capital to mark a 40th anniversary destined never be forgotten. They numbered only in the thousands--and part of those thousands included the less protest savvy Other Side! Indeed, Fox News reported that the crowd totaled several thousand with as many from The Gathering of Eagles as from the anti-war crowd.
Jane Fonda was a no show. Not being able to count on Al Gore's global warming, perhaps she thought she'd get her tinted feathers wet.
Big-talking Hollywood celebrities left Cindy Sheehan out in the cold on her own.
Yesterday's sea change was bound to usher in a new chapter in history. The anti-war protesters were in Washington trying to sustain a 40-year-old memory with tired, old chants like the standby "Impeach Bush" one.
The Gathering of Eagles was in Washington to protect war memorials erected to honor the fallen and in a symbolic show of love for all living troops in harm's way.
One thing for anti-war protesters to hint at desecrating war memorials. One thing for a media to remain silent when soldiers are spit upon. Quite another to meet from the distance of right across the street, the steely-eyed glint of the veterans of real wars.
Yesterday was a televised pageant of play soldiers fighting war from the safety of a world away, meeting face on, the real McCoys, a sort of underplayed Gathering of Eagles vs. The Moonbats.
As the event played out, not all of the teared over eyes from the faces in the crowd were the result of whipping Washington winds.
There was an unforgettable reason.
For the week leading up to yesterday's anniversary protest, a caravan of families who lost children in the war on terrorism, families who still have loved ones serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, and veterans of Vietnam, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom had crossed the nation hoping to get a single message across: "Surrender is not an option."
Melanie Morgan's Move America Forward caravan must have hit the road with niggling worry laced in with hope as it left San Francisco.
Anyone following the progress of the Caravan of Hope must have been misty eyed when reading about what happened within only hours of that departure. The caravan with its 10,000 flags to be sent as proof to troops fighting for freedom was mobbed along the way! Patient school children, holding homemade flags waited curbside for the caravan to pass by. Veterans wearing medals, school choirs sounding like singing angels and Americans from all walks of life left their kitchens to be there when the Move America Forward caravan was passing through Small Town America. By Texas, enthused crowds were so large, a police escort led the caravan along its way.
Little wonder why Washington winds couldn't extinguish heart warmth the caravan reached its final destination.
When history is written, March 17th, 2007 will at long last eclipse March 17, 1967, as the day when soldiers in faraway Iraq and Afghanistan knew for certain, no matter what real time saw them doing, love and respect await their safe return. The day when it was proven to a watching world that Washington war memorials stand for what they always stood for, time immemorial, the day when the graves of fallen American soldiers the world were warmer.
God Blessed The Gathering of Eagles. They did it!

(Note: When Frank Tigano finally arrived to meet me, he said that he only expect a couple hundred Vets to be there, I told him, I too feared only a small number would come. We were totally shocked and amazed when we arrived at the memorial to see all these wonderful Patriots of the United States standing to say "NEVER AGAIN?" I doubt any of these guys and gals really though many others would show up and the courage they showed to come anyway to protect our memorials against an expected hordes of antiwar moonbats to take a stand. I can say that I were the only one there, that would have been fine, but I knew Henry Cook, Larry Bailey, and Frank Tigano would be there standing with me....My emotions reached high with tears in my eyes when I saw so many (of course, I didn't let anyone else see my joy through tears of elation).

I hope that each of you will seriously consider being at the next one, it will do your soul good to finally look these idiots eye to eye and tell them to go to hell, enough is enough. I made the 2005 Cindy Sheehan antiwar protest at the Crawford ranch and this one in DC and I can tell you that it was well worth the time and money and like Henry Cook said "I'll never miss another one."  I highly recommend you be at the next one to take a stand to support America.

Robert)


Canada Free Press founding editor Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years experience in the print media. Her work has appeared on Newsmax.com, Drudge Report, Foxnews.com, Glenn Beck and The Rant. Judi can be reached at: letters@canadafreepress.com.
 

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=19862
 
Power to the People
I could tell right away this wasn't going to be your average Washington D.C. anti-war protest.

    For months, the anti-war coalition International A.N.S.W.E.R. had been publicizing its plans to hold a major anti-war rally in the nation's capital on Saturday, March 17. However, reaching the protest staging site next to the Lincoln Memorial at 11:00 -- an hour before the protestors were slated to begin marching to the Pentagon -- I found the field nearly empty. Across the street stood several thousand counter-demonstrators, mostly comprised of Vietnam War veterans associated with various biker clubs. Wearing leather jackets emblazoned with organization names like "Rolling Thunder," "Legacy Vets," and "Combat Veterans of America Motorcycle Club," the vets had turned out to stand guard at the Vietnam Wall and other monuments after some sites were desecrated at an anti-war rally in January. The v! ets wer e a grizzled, tough-looking lot, and their presence seemed to surprise the handful of Chinese tourists snapping photos in the area.

    Across the street, the war protestors were arriving late with their usual collection of Che Guevara banners, placards decrying American imperialism, and bizarre signs denouncing the 9/11 attacks as a government-orchestrated conspiracy. Some tables were set up offering books and pamphlets advocating socialism while a few enterprising capitalists worked the crowd, briskly selling T-shirts commemorating the march. As they arrived, the protestors were entertained by a DJ who, we were informed over the loudspeakers, was from Puerto Rico -- "the first country invaded by the U.S." He played the Edwin Starr protest classic "War (What is it good for?)" several dozen times, it seemed, then launched into James Brown's "I'm Black and I'm Proud," as the mostly white crowd sang along.
 
    Eventually, around 15,000 protestors arrived -- appearing to me about the same number as attended the January anti-war rally.. This must have been a severe disappointment to A.N.S.W.E.R., which had drawn upwards of 100,000 people to previous protests.  The poor turnout at this year's rallies can largely be attributed to a schism between A.N.S.W.E.R. and the other main anti-war coalition, United for Peace and Justice.  The two groups used to sponsor these rallies together, but have recently ceased cooperating.

    Their dispute stems from two factors. First, there was some squabbling over the amount of time given to each group's speakers at past rallies -- a surprising bit of selfishness from people who drive cars with bumper stickers proclaiming that everything they need to know they learned in kindergarten.  Second, there was a disagreement over the Israel-Palestine issue. Apparently, A.N.S.W.E.! R.'s po sition is that the Jews should be driven into the sea, while UPJ, being slightly more moderate, seeks to convince the Jews through peaceful dialogue to throw themselves in.

    Before setting off for the Pentagon, the war protestors were addressed by a few speakers. The veterans watched quietly from just across the street until Cindy Sheehan was introduced. Even before she denounced President Bush as "the greatest terrorist in the world," the mention of Sheehan's name elicited from the vets a rigorous round of booing the likes of which is rarely heard outside the confines of a Philadelphia Eagles home game.

Finally, the march began. It was a motley collection of organizations and interest groups. The parade was led by a collection of anti-war military veterans, followed by the radical feminists of Code Pink. Then came a group of "drummers" who were really just banging sticks on the bottom of some empty pails, succeeded by the mandatory contingent of masked anarchi! sts. Fu rther back were lots of hippie-throwbacks, a good number of college students, some refugee from an anarchist rodeo twirling a lasso around himself, and a variety of people waving Lebanese and Palestinian flags. There were a few American flags as well, although nearly all of these were defaced with peace signs, political slogans, or sardonic renditions of corporate symbols.

The counter-demonstrators lined the first few hundred yards of the parade route, sometimes on both sides. Waving American flags, the vets gave the marchers a generally good heckling; "Go impress your professors!" was my favorite epithet. Despite their fetish for the right to "dissent," the war protestors are unaccustomed to opposition, aside perhaps from a lone College Republican or two that might show up with an American flag at a campus protest. But these counter-demonstrators were different. They were combat veterans who still bristle at the memory of being jeered by these kinds of radicals when! they r eturned from Vietnam. The marchers seemed not only nervous, but even ashamed -- to prove their patriotism to the vets, they began chanting "U.S.A.! U.S.A.!" This was probably the first time that chant has ever been heard at an anti-war rally.

I fell in with the anarchists, since that's where the action usually is. There were around 100 of them, although the number of face piercings exceeded that by a factor of 10, even with most of their nose rings and tongue rings hidden by masks and bandanas. Their banners proclaimed slogans like "Destroy all government" and "No war but class war." The vets yelled out to them "Come over here!" and "Show your faces!" Declining either invitation, the anarchists responded by chanting "Whose streets? Our streets!"

But the chant lacked conviction, seeing as the only thing protecting the anarchists from a smackdown by the vets was the line of police officers separating the two sides. I spot! ted a g roup of four anarchists carrying an upside down American flag and wondered how far they'd get with it. It turned out to be about 50 yards. Then, a vet managed to infiltrate the parade and snatched the flag from them, causing all four members of the revolutionary vanguard to run scurrying away.

After parading through this gauntlet of counter-protestors, the rest of the march was pretty subdued. I walked back toward a portable loudspeaker surrounded by Palestinian flags. A speaker was leading a chant of "Stop bombing Lebanon!", which I found strange, since no one is bombing Lebanon. The chanting stopped when the microphone was passed to a Middle Eastern woman whose accent was so thick that no one could understand what they were supposed to be protesting. Finally, they agreed on singing another refrain of "War," which seemed to be their automatic fallback position for almost any unexpected situation.

We arrived at the Pentagon parking lot, where a DJ was ! again p laying "War." I couldn't take the song anymore, so I wandered off in search of the anarchists. I found them at the end of a bridge leading to the Pentagon itself. They were facing a line of police officers in full riot gear, replete with gas masks. "Whose streets? Our streets!" rang out again, but it was pretty clear whose streets these were, since the anarchists weren't allowed to keep marching forward on them.

The police announced through a bullhorn that they'd use teargas if the protestors didn't return to the parking lot. In response, a female-looking anarchist in dreadlocks yelled out to me and some other reporters nearby, asking if we'd help get the word out that the police, without cause, had gassed peaceful protestors. "No!" I instinctively yelled back, eliciting some shocked stares from the anarchists. Another anarchist approached us and asked if we'd stand between them and the police to prevent the cops from "attackin! g" them . He pointed to one elderly female reporter: "You ma'am, if you get in the middle, there's no way the police will knock you over." The request caught me off guard -- I was unaware that old women are used as human shields anywhere outside of the Middle East.

The group sat down in front of the police to decide what to do. Some people passed out food, at which point most of the anarchists removed their masks and bandanas to eat, then put them back on when they had finished. My respect for this bunch was rapidly declining.

They took a series of votes, decided to leave the bridge to the police, and backed off about 20 yards. Then, in one final act of "resistance" before vacating the bridge, one of them burned an American flag, to the cheers of all the rest. This incident went unreported in all of the mainstream media, despite the presence on the bridge of numerous journalists and photographers.

Walking home, I reflected on what the anti-war movement! has de generated into -- a squabbling collection of aging socialists, pro-Palestinian militants, and cowardly anarchists. The Vietnam vets -- who were there just to protect our monuments and show support for the troops -- had a surprising effect on the protestors. "Fight back! Fight back!" was one of the protestors' slogans. But it was all talk. When confronted by people who actually fought and bled for their country, the protestors grew sheepish and embarrassed -- I would even say humiliated.

I couldn't help but notice that the anarchists -- the supposed hardcore fringe of the movement -- waited until they were safely out of range of the veterans to burn a flag. Afraid of the vets, afraid of the cops, they don't seem to be good for much other than occasionally smashing storefront windows when there's no one else around.

"Whose streets? Our streets!", they chanted. Not on Saturday they weren't.
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The Anti-Iraq War Movement

This is a letter to the editor of the Washington Post, with absolutely wonderful information on the leaders of the "antiwar" protestors. Everyone in the country should know who these people really are.  Please read this over and pass it on.
 
Dear Editor:
 
    Your paper's coverage of the so-called "anti-Iraq protest movement" seriously failed to identify both the groups involved in leading the demonstration on March 17th, but also failed to identify its leaders whose names either appeared in the WP or on their press releases and websites.
 
    Brian Becker, identified as "national coordinator for the Answer Coalition" is not identified as a longtime member and leader of the Stalinist "Workers World Party", perhaps the top communist party in the US today.   The same goes for other ANSWER spokespersons (over time) including Richard Becker, Steve Hackwell, Leslie Feinberg, Monica Moorehead, Sara Flounders, John Catalinotto, etc.  Many of these individuals were identified as members of the WWP as far back at April 1974 in the report "The Workers World Party and Its Front Organizations", House Internal Security Committee (HISC) and in an earlier hearing, "Revolutionary Activities Directed Toward the Administration of Penal or Correctional Systems, Part 1", March/May, 1973.  Thus WP writer Brigid Schulte's writing in "Veterans, Others Denounce Marchers", March 18th, got the chant "Workers World traitors must hang!" wrong. It was not "a reference to the Communist newspaper", i.e. "Workers World."  It was a reference to the WWP as the sponsoring organization of the demonstration, along with a mixed Communist/Maoist coalition.known as United for Peace & Justice, led  by an old Communist Party USA-connect activist, Leslie Cagan, and Revolutionary Communist Party leader, the aging Carl Davidson.
 
    ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) is the main "peace" front for the WWP, which also formed and controlled its predecessor, International Action Center (IAC), the All Peoples Congress, and the Peoples Anti-War Mobilization.  Newer fronts include the  Peoples Video Fund, Troops Out Now, Party for Liberation and Socialism, and the various International Tribunals on Panama, Iraq, Haiti, etc.
 
    Ramsay Clark was chosen as the front man either in late 1980 or early 1990, and this, in itself, would make a fascinating story to follow through on, though his support for various communist front groups goes back as far as the 1970's.
 
    Significant information about the WWP and UPJ can be found at www.frontpagemagazine.com and its "DiscoveryTheNetwork" database, among other on-line sources.
 
    Also, Schulte's attempt to characterize "The veterans for peace, including active duty men and women, and guys fresh from Iraq in desert camo ..." as  still having " the thousand-yard stare, and a battlefield hauntedness" was nothing more than pure hype, and garbage.  While some may have seen heavy combat, it was of limited  time of contact and of a limited in-country time of duration.  The "stare" should belong to my father-in-law who fought his way across the Pacific in WW2 to a place called Iwo Jima,  or to the soldiers at the Chosin Reservoir, or to the Battle of Hue, Khe San, An Loc, etc.
 
    This is not to take away from those Iraq veterans protestors who served honorably, but my son fought there and he doesn't have any "stare", only a healthy respect for life and his fellow soldiers. Neither did the scores of Vietnam veterans I met with and talked to during the Protect the Wall rally. If anyone should have had the "thousand-yard stare," it was the guys I met from the Big Red One Division, the 3rd Marine Division, and the 82nd and 173rd Airborne Divisions, among other. Mike Benge, a former Marine and ex-civilian POW in Vietnam (5 years) and R J Del Vecchio, who was telling us about funny stories about how his wound was treated, didn't "stare";  they laughed, they shook hands and shared hugs of respect with fellow vets, and gave my daughter more history lessons on Vietnam in a few hours than you would find in many schools. They were the true "Band of Brothers."


http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.com/2007/03/gathering-with-eagles.html


17 March San Francisco marchers - the photos say it all.
http://www.zombietime.com/us_out_of_iraq_now_sf_3-18-2007/

http://michellemalkin.com/archives/007109.htm


Influencing the Views of the Weak-Minded American

Here’s an eye-opener.

Islamist Website Instructs Mujahideen in Using Popular U.S. Web Forums to Foster Anti-War Sentiment among Americans
 

In the past few months, Islamists engaged in "media jihad" have increased their efforts to expose as broad a Western audience as possible to their jihad films, which purport to document the growing success of the mujahideen in Iraq and Afghanistan. As part of this endeavor, they have posted jihad films on popular free video-sharing websites such as YouTube, LiveLeak, and Google Video, hoping that such films will tip public opinion in the West against the war in Iraq and Afghanistan - thus pressuring Western governments to withdraw their troops from these countries.

As part of the campaign to foster anti-war sentiment among Westerners, and more specifically among Americans, a member of the Al-Mohajroon Islamist website with the username Al-Wathiq Billah instructed mujahideen in how to infiltrate popular American forums and to use them to distribute jihad films and spread disinformation about the war.

“Raiding American Forums is Among the Most Important Means of Obtaining Victory in the Fierce Media War... and of Influencing the Views of the Weak-Minded American”

“There is no doubt, my brothers, that raiding American forums is among the most important means of obtaining victory in the fierce media war... and of influencing the views of the weak-minded American who pays his taxes so they will go to the infidel American army. This American is an idiot and does not [even] know where Iraq is... [It is therefore] mandatory for every electronic mujahid [to engage in this raiding].”

“It is better that you raid non-political forums such as music forums and trivia forums... which American people... favor... Define your target[ed forum]... and get to know it well... Post your contribution and do not get into... futile arguments...”

Indicate You Are an American

“Obviously, you have to register yourself using a purely American name... Choose an icon that indicates that you are an American, and place it next to your nickname [in the forum].”

“In my experience, the areas most visited in American forums... [are titled] ‘Random Thoughts’ and ‘What’s going on in your mind?’... [The former] takes priority in the American forums, and is highly popular. You should post your contribution there... This should include films of the mujahideen in Iraq, mujahideen publications in English, and images and films of the Americans’ crimes, [such as] killing unarmed civilians in Iraq... etc.”

“Invent Stories About American Soldiers You Have [Allegedly] Personally Known”

“Obviously, you should post your contribution... as an American... You should correspond with visitors to this forum, [bringing to their attention] the frustrating situation of their troops in Iraq... You should invent stories about American soldiers you have [allegedly] personally known (as classmates... or members in a club who played baseball and tennis with you) who were drafted to Iraq and then committed suicide while in service by hanging or shooting themselves...”

“Also, write using a sad tone, and tell them that you feel sorry for your [female] neighbor or co-worker who became addicted to alcohol or drugs... because her poor fiancé, a former soldier in Iraq, was paralyzed or [because] his legs were amputated... [Use any story] which will break their spirits, oh brave fighter for the sake of God...”

How to Make Americans Feel Frustrated With Their Government

“You should enter into debate or respond only if it is extremely necessary... Your concern should [only] be introducing topics which... will cause [them to feel] frustration and anger towards their government..., which will... render them hostile to Bush... and his Republican Party and make them feel they must vote to bring the troops back from Iraq as soon as possible.”

“Do not... discuss issues pertaining to Arabs or Muslims at all, whether negatively or positively... because this could be a trap for you... In addition, do not ask people to circulate the material [you have posted] in other forums... as these types of requests will expose you...”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2wO3eSmWVo&mode=related&search=

Bob:   I WAS THERE !    I WAS THERE !  An 86 year old WWII vet.  Arrived early and stayed late.   To all who were interested, my Purple Heart  comrades were there with me,  BY THE HUNDREDS.            J.J. Witmeyer Jr. USA.
 

A DAY IN WASHINGTON

Another shot of the Gathering of Eagles…

 

Here is a picture story on the March 17 Demonstrations and Counter Demonstrations in Washington DC. 

 

This was put together on site as it unfolded

 

And here is what energized the veterans under the banner of A Gathering of Eagles:

Veterans held a press conference about their mission on March 17 in opposition to anti-war activists from ANSWER who planned to protest at the Vietnam War memorial in Washington. From the Gathering of Eagles mission statement:

1. Gathering of Eagles is non-partisan. While each member has his or her own political beliefs, our common love and respect for America and her heroes is what brings us together.

2. We are a non-violent, non-confrontational group. We look to defend, not attack. Our focus is on guarding our memorials and their grounds.

3. We believe that the war memorials are sacred ground; as such, we will not allow them to be desecrated, used as props for political statements, or treated with anything less than the solemn and heartfelt respect they–and the heroes they honor–deserve.

4. We are wholly and forever committed to our brothers and sisters in uniform. As veterans, we understand their incredible and noble sacrifices, made of their own accord for a nation they love more than life itself. As family members, we stand by them, and as Americans, we thank God for them.

5. We believe in and would give our lives for the precious freedoms found in our Constitution. We believe that our freedom of speech is one of the greatest things our country espouses, and we absolutely hold that any American citizen has the right to express his or her approval or disapproval with any policy, law, or action of our nation and her government in a peaceful manner as afforded by the laws of our land.

6. However, we are adamantly opposed to the use of violence, vandalism, physical or verbal assaults on our veterans, and the destruction or desecration of our memorials. By defending and honoring these sacred places, we defend and honor those whose blood gave all of us the right to speak as freely as our minds think.

 

Veterans gathering in the shadow of the Washington Monument 

with line of sight on the

Vietnam Memorial

 

Veterans  gathering

 

US flags were the hall mark

of the veterans

Yellow signs were the hall mark of the antiwar activists

 

Melting snow brought mud 

 

Gathering of Eagles

 Speaker stand

 

Veterans

 

And more veterans

 

Game wardens on the left

Massachusetts VFW Commander

in the center

Enthusiast with red white and blue head on the right

 

Veterans and bikers

 

Signs speak for themselves

 

Signs speak for themselves

 

more veterans

 

and more veterans

 

More Veterans and Supporters

 

Tom O'Connor

 

We intervened to help defuse a confrontation

 

Helmeted Park Police

working low key in the crowd of veterans. One commented that

"...there are a lot more of you

than there are us."

 

Veterans gathered for TAPS

at the close of the day

 

Veterans on Constitution Ave with a sprinkling of Park police

 

Lincoln Memorial

was the focal point

of the opposing groups

 


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Sunday, March 18, 2007

Vietnam Vets Face Down The Moonbats

Act Now to Stop War & End Racism (ANSWER) mounted the March on the Pentagon yesterday, Saturday, March 17, a demonstration against the war in Iraq, hoping to appeal to the hippie nostalgia for the the march on the Pentagon forty years ago against the war in Vietnam. They also hope to defeat America at home, like they did in Vietnam. To drive the "Iraq is Vietnam" theme home, they planned to assemble their march next to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Wall. That was a mistake.

The malice and dishonesty of ANSWER begins with its poster. The Pentagon gear is driven by the Dollar gear, implying that the war in Iraq is driven by capitalism and the pursuit of profits. Unfortunately for that argument, the war in Iraq is a money-loser, costing more than $379 billion to date. As Sun Tzu stated 2500 years ago, no nation profits from a prolonged war. It's about the freedom, stupid. If you think war is expensive, try appeasement. Ask Neville Chamberlain how expensive that was.

The poster shows men, women, and children being tossed into the teeth of those evil Pentagon & Capitalism gears. ANSWER ignores the unpleasant fact that it was precisely the Pentagon that stopped Saddam from throwing innocent people into the plastic shredder, turning them into fish food, to maintain his reign of terror. ANSWER has never made posters condemning Saddam for feeding real people into real shredding machines. I have been to all the big anti-war marches here and I have yet to see Saddam mentioned on a protest sign. The protestors whitewash his crimes, consigning them to the memory hole. Saddam is the third rail of these anti-war protests. Mentioning him would kill the protest dead. So they don't. They prefer to ignore Saddam's real crimes while hyping Bush's imaginary ones.

The greatest irony of this "peace" march is that it was led by ANSWER Communists who promote an ideology which killed a hundred million people in the last century. If you're looking for peace, the commies will take you anywhere but there. How did the most murderous ideology in history come to lead the "peace" movement? Ignorance, that's how. Most of the clueless mopes who show up to protest have no idea who is organizing their protest party and don't care. They don't know that ANSWER is a front group for the Stalinist Worker's World Party who supports the most murderous dirtbag dictators in the world. ANSWER uses the anti-war movement as a pretext for luring a crew of useful idiots to man demonstrations to batter America, the true target of the sinister organizers of the radical Left.

If the clueless lefties really wanted peace, the first step is to visualize a peace march that is NOT led by the most murderous ideology in human history.

While the unwitting dopes of the Left flesh out ANSWER's demonstrations, the witting accomplices of ANSWER are the mainstream media, who turn a blind eye to ANSWER's Communist affiliations and leave the general public in the dark by maliciously neglecting to report on them for fear that revealing their true character would undermine the anti-war movement they support. That's how the mainstream media, which fancies itself a spokesman for the people and a watchdog of government, violates the public trust.
What ANSWER did not expect is that their choice of venue would inspire popular outrage, particularly from Vietnam vets. During the last jumbo anti-war movement in January, anarchists rushed the Capitol steps and spray-painted their nonsense on them. The police retreated from the onrushing Black Bloc mob, who perpetrated their vandalism hidden in the press of the crowd and then went on to smash the windows of a military recruiting center downtown. The police did not intervene in that incident, either. Nobody was arrested.

It did not take a crystal ball to predict what could happen if you parked thousands of radicals with utter contempt for the military next to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, veterans which the moderate liberals regard as something akin to the rampaging hordes of Genghis Khan and the far leftists regard as baby-killers. Somebody in that mob would have done something stupid to express their contempt for the Vietnam war and the people who fought it. If the police would not stop them from vandalizing war memorials, there were plenty of vets who would.

That's how the Gathering of Eagles was born. The threat against the Wall was the break in the dam holding back a great lake of resentment against the anti-war radicals who so freely slandered the military with hardly any opposition. Protesting is alien to military people and the Right in general, who find it distasteful to demand other people do for them. Conservative types get up off their butts and do it themselves. However, the fear that the war in Iraq could be lost on the home front, just like Vietnam, filled vets with fury that it could happen again. They had to put a stop to that.

Note the "I" on the armband. This is meant to be the first big counter-protest of more to come.
Rolling Thunder, a veterans group who promotes MIA-POW issues, was the most noticeable contingent of vets in their motorcycle vests.


They had a rather fierce attitude on certain issues, born of grim experience.


Real Americans love the US flag.

And Jane's not fonda vets.
 

Point No. 2 of the Gathering of Eagles Mission Statement says, "We are a non-violent, non-confrontational group. We look to defend, not attack. Our focus is guarding our memorials and their grounds."

The GOE meant what it said and pulled it off, but I can't honestly say that deep down in the vet's hearts they didn't want to kick some hippy protestor ass, not that there's anything wrong with that. However, they were mature enough to chuckle at their own fantasy and limit their ass-kicking to sharp rhetoric, presenting themselves to the protestors, and looking them right in the eye. That was unsettling for many protestors, who have little tolerance for being counter-protested. They just don't like it at all. It just seems unfair to them. Heh, heh, heh.

John Pickett and his wife, Linda, came all the way from Colorado. John served in Company D, 2nd of 5th Division, 1st Cavalry in Vietnam. He was on patrol in 1966, searching villages which were mysteriously empty, when his unit came under fire. He hid behind a tree until the fire died down, then stepped out to be shot five times, knocking the M79 grenade launcher out of his hands. Fortunately, he lived to tell the tale and retire from the Army after twenty-two years of service. He still wishes he had never stepped out from behind that tree, though.

This was their first protest. Says John, "We're here to defend the Wall." In John's case, the difference between being here to defend the Wall and being on the Wall is razor thin.

The Gathering of Eagles area was well-attended by patriots, but oddly neglected by the media, which preferred to cover the speakers at the ANSWER rally.


The vets objected to the relentlessly negative reporting of the war, a media strategy calculated to wear down the will of the American people.

The Gathering of Eagles area was a festival of American flags, which acted like wolfsbane to keep the lefties away.

This space next to the Wall was originally reserved by ANSWER to hold their protest, but they opted out the moment they were opposed. When the Gathering of Eagles came out of the blue to counter-protest them, ANSWER jumped to a space on the far side of the Wall, across Henry Bacon Drive, to a set of old baseball fields, out of sight of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. As the counter-protest grew, the ANSWER commies went on the defensive, shrilly denying any intent to use the wall as their political prop. Panicked, they pushed their usual two hours of speechifying at the beginning of the march within shouting range of the Wall to the end of the march over in the Pentagon parking lot.

When the Gathering of Eagles confronted them, the ANSWER commies blinked.

This Vietnam vet worked for one of the firms in the World Trade Center and lost dozens of friends in the attack.


The Gathering of Eagles rally closed by playing taps for the the guys who fought in Vietnam but never came home, for lives unlived, dreams unrealized, grief that never fades.

"Stop The War On Troop Morale." Indeed.


The vets offered helpful suggestions for the protestors to redirect them to more worthy targets of their moralistic posturing. Unfortunately, condemnation of the real aggressors falls on deaf ears in the protesting set. You can go to a dozen anti-war protests and never see a complaint about the Muslim religious war on America and the world nor outrage at Baathists for filling mass graves full of Shiites in Iraq nor condemnation of Islamic snuff videos. Don't expect to see anyone bitching about train or disco bombings, either. Such crimes lie beyond the edge of the moral map of the Left, where all evil resides in America.

Many of the protestors walking down the sidewalk of Constitution Avenue had to pass the Gathering of Eagles rally and the many veterans gathered there. The vets thoughtfully cleared the sidewalk to form a channel to guide the protestors to their rally. A gauntlet, some called it. They also offered up some random thoughts for the protestors to chew on.

The gauntlet got a giggle out of this protesting bozo, taking photos of him like he was a zoo animal.

Bozo Boy didn't much care for the gauntlet. Nobody really insulted him, because they were too busy laughing and didn't catch their breath until he was past. He seemed kinda miffed that those right-wing nuts didn't respect the fact that he was making a serious statement. It's hard to parody the protestors when they are so busy beclowning themselves. Most of the goofballs who flit to these protests just aren't serious. For them, a protest is their Mardi Gras. The counter-protestors took the fun out of it, which is the main reason why they go.

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Vets Vs Moonbats, Part 2

Leaving the sane world behind, I crossed into the parallel topsy-turvy universe of Moonbat-land, where Bush Derangement Syndrome reigned supreme. Bush is their Satan. Not Saddam. Not Bin Laden. Not Zarqawi. This totem was hoisted to mark their boundary.

Now I'm inside the hive. Note the Workers World Party banner. The WWP is the covert parent of the ANSWER organizers.

One of the many ironies of this "peace" demonstration is that the FBI considers the WWP, the shadowy mastermind of this demonstration, to be a terrorist organization. FBI Director Louis Freeh stated to the US Senate in 2001 that the Workers World Party was a "domestic terrorist group," adding, "Anarchists and extremist socialist groups — many of which, such as the Workers World Party, have an international presence and, at times, also represent a potential threat in the United States." Is it a surprise that terrorists protest the war against terror? Why do so many liberals march to the tune of terrorists who wish to destroy America? Ignorance or treason, take your pick.

The fact is that the Stalinists who organize these "anti-war" marches are not for peace, not against war, but against America. Christopher Hitchens made the point more explicitly in his piece "Anti-War, My Foot" two years ago and called the organizers "phoney peaceniks." However, the whole scam still works with the help of the liberal media, which is sympathetic to the radical program.

Organizing a big demonstration like this costs from $50,000 to $200,000 to pay for parade permits, advertising, professionally produced and printed protest signs, chartering buses, renting the stage, generators, public address systems, Port-A-Johns, et al. The March On The Pentagon cost the ANSWER commies $80,000, according to Brian Becker, comrade-in-chief of ANSWER. Where does that money come from?

Herbert Romerstein, investigator for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and former head of the Office to Counter Soviet Active Measures at the U.S. Information Agency, "It's a reality in politics -- there's no such thing as a spontaneous demonstration. Somebody has to pay for them. Somebody has to have organization. Workers World [Party] has that. Workers World is totally subservient to the government of North Korea. What we don't know is if there's money coming in."

Romerstein points out that the WWP is awfully small to be so rich: "It's just a couple of hundred people. They maintain a weekly newspaper. They have headquarters in New York and offices around the country. They put on demonstrations. How do you pay for all that?" Good question. WWP/ANSWER put on not just the Washington march but simultaneous marches in other major cities around the US, perhaps a million bucks worth of marches.

Romerstein provides the answer for ANSWER's money: "No very radical group in the U.S. has been able to exist for very long without direct foreign support." Brian Becker, the spokes-Marxist for International A.N.S.W.E.R., member of the Secretariat of the Workers World Party, is a frequent visitor to North Korea, where he declares his support for the worker's paradise and issues communiques claiming America started the Korean War by invading the north.

The old Communist Party of the USA got its money from the Soviet Union, a million bucks a year smuggled across the Canadian border in suitcases. Wacky evil dictator Kim Jong-Il may consider a million bucks in cash to ANSWER a good deal for political agitprop to promote North Korea. Kim earns his hard cash by counterfeiting US hundred dollar bills, growing opium in North Korea for export, drug smuggling through its embassies, selling nuclear bomb technology, and selling Scud missiles. Dirty money funds ANSWER.

ANSWER refuses to answer the questions about its source of cash. It is the only major anti-war movement that does not openly declare its financial sponsors. They're hiding something. Fortunately, the Patriot Act allows the FBI to more aggressively investigate such funding, which is undoubtedly why ANSWER objects to it.


The Truthers were all over Moonbat-land like maggots in a stinking dead fish.

The Truthers insanely believe that America attacked itself on Sep 11 and THEY CAN PROVE IT, although the proof is basically lunatic ranting that never ends, constructed of half-assed factoids they've cobbled together in a spider-web of conspiracy. It's painful on the ears but apparently quite the cutting edge of thought in the radical world, whose universe is constructed of such dark and impossible conspiracies.

The one redeeming feature of the Truthers is the realization that if these kooks fall for the Truther crap, they'll fall for anything. These are the kids who lost their lunch money to classmates who said they'd introduce them to Batman. These are the guys who dug bomb shelters and bought pallets of C-rations during the Y2K scare, fearful that when the computer dates clicked over to 2000 ALL HELL WOULD BREAK LOOSE! These are the guys who own the title to the Brooklyn Bridge. Their lives must be a hell of their own invention.

One of many commies peddling socialist rags. This paper wants Mumia, the cop-killer, to be set free, presumably because there are a lot of cops left to shoot.

Get your Marxist propaganda here! Of course, the Staff here at Conservative Propaganda views competing propaganda with elitist disdain. Our propaganda is so much better than theirs and half the price! We stack it deeper and sell it cheaper!
 

These particular idiots are the Internationalist Group who "fights for international socialist revolution, the conquest of power by the working class, led by its Leninist party, championing the cause of all the oppressed. At a time when the capitalist rulers trumpet the supposed “death of communism,” we say that communism lives in the struggles of the working class and the program of its vanguard."

There were a lot of people at the ANSWER rally who were full of shit. By that, of course, I mean people other than me.

The "Party For Socialism & Liberation" pitched their tent at the rally. However, my reading of history is that when it comes to socialism and liberation, it's usually one or the other. They're mutually exclusive.


After the malign nonsense of the Truthers and Marxists, it was almost refreshing to see just plain old goofy hippie pacifism. It cleansed the palate. Wave your freak flag high and proud, buddy, and sing, "By the time we got to Woodstock ...."

The media claims that 30,000 protestors showed up for the rally, which was clearly false. This is ANSWER's rally space which I calculate would hold a maximum of 26,000 people if packed into three foot square boxes. As you can see, they could only fill up one end of it with their crowd. Usually, ANSWER can draw about 30,000 to 50,000 and then claims half a million. Just an eyeball estimate places their crowd at a fraction of the claimed 30,000. The crowd was so thin that ANSWER could only inflate their estimate by three or four times instead of the usual ten.

One of the main themes of the demonstration was to free the Cuban Five, who are Cuban spies caught in Miami. One of them infiltrated the Brothers to the Rescue group, Cuban expatriates who flew covert missions to Cuba in civilian aircraft to rescue Cubans seeking to flee to America. He told the Cuban government when they were coming. Cuban MiGs shot down two of the light planes, killing four people. The other four spies were caught transmiting two thousand pages of information they got from American military bases back to Cuba. All five of them are guilty as hell and in prison where they belong.

Cuba is mounting a disinformation campaign to free its spies, with the help of ANSWER. Fidel is probably tossing them some money to fund their protest. Those professionally-done banners and slick posters cost bucks. I doubt that one protestor in a thousand could tell you who the Cuban Five were.

American flags were in short supply in Moonbat-land, but every other flag could be found in abundance. Flying above are the flags of Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon, and Iraq again.


The LaRouchies were there, happy to demonize their political opponents. It's Cheney, this time. If you disagree with them, you could be next.

Here in plain language is the main message of the demonstration: Cut off all money for the war and pull the troops out unconditionally. Simply put, unconditional surrender. Nobody, not even the radicals, believe that withdrawing our troops in Iraq will lead to peace. Everybody knows that our GIs are the thin green line in Iraq holding off the Baathist mass-murderers and the jihadi head-cutters. If they leave, Iraq will become a hell on Earth for ordinary Iraqis, a paradise for the insurgents. Nothing so transparently signals the demonstration's desire for America to lose and take innocent Iraqis down with it. They want the insurgents to win.

This buffoon was standing near the Lincoln Memorial, an example of how the radical extremists in this march supported the troops, as they smarmily claimed. It seems unlikely that any soldier would appreciate mocking the wounded. What is especially despicable here is this guy paraded out past real wounded soldiers, some in wheelchairs, who were gathered around the Lincoln Memorial to counter-protest. Can you imagine what some guy who survived an IED but lost his buddies would think when he saw this grotesque jackass? In your face, GI. (NOTE: I CAME UP ON THIS IDIOT AND WAS RAISING HELL WITH HIM, HE STARTED A RETREAT, HE HAD HIS OWN PERSONAL CAMERA MAN WITH HIM, THE CAMERA MAN TURNED THE CAMERA ON ME IN I YELLED "GET THAT CAMERA OUT OF MY FACE!" WHICH HE DID, ABOUT THIS TIME A LARGE CONTENGENT OF VETS CAME ALONG AND THIS GUY LEFT--RLNOE)

Vets Vs Moonbats, Part 3

The protesters clustered at the side of the Lincoln Memorial to begin their march to the Pentagon, Palestinian flag flying. One counter-protestor told me he saw the police stop a young kid in front of the Memorial to divest him of several spray paint cans. One of the Black Bloc anarchist groups planned to meet there, according to their announcements on the Internet. Apparently, the fears of vandalism by the radicals was well-founded.

The police did a pretty good job of herding the protestors.

Planning a big demonstration like this has its problems. When the ANSWER commies began dickering with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) for access to a hundred yards of Route 27 on the march route that fell under its jurisdiction, they were outraged to find that VDOT demanded that they agree in writing to pay an unspecified amount of user fees that could have cost tens of thousands of bucks, hire an engineering firm to produce a traffic control plan, and take out a one million dollar insurance policy lest somebody slip on that hundred yards of asphalt.

ANSWER had its lawyers at the Partnership For Civil Justice send a whiny letter to the Virginia Attorney General complaining that VDOT had happily helped pro-war "Freedom Walks" on the same patch of road in 2005 and 2006. Their lawyers complained of VDOT's response when ANSWER complained of these arbitrary conditions to march: "When advised that this process was plainly in violation of the First Ammendment of the U.S. Constitution, VDOT representatives actually expressed uncertainty that the Constitution applies in Virginia."

OK, so ANSWER has a point that they have a Constitutional right to spew their rhetoric and VDOT is undoubtedly standing on slippery legal ground. Still, I have to snicker to read how VDOT bureaucrats are jacking with the ANSWER commies' heads. Those genius VDOT bureaucrats have found a way to make gubmint red tape and obfuscation work FOR us instead of against us. Thank you, VDOT, thank you so much for giving us a good return on our tax dollars. You did everything but ask ANSWER for an environmental impact study and demand to know if the march would harm any snail darters in the Potomac River. Maybe next time.

On the other side of traffic circle stood a solid wall of Vietnam vets, other vets, and patriots. It's the first time a big anti-war protest has been substantially counter-protested and the protestors didn't like it one bit. They wanted a monopoly on protest.

The cops kept the protestors apart from the vets, too far outside the range of even the most practiced spitter to hit a uniform. That was a very wise precaution. Very wise, indeed. The police were all on the protestor side of the street, with few on the vets side of the street. It's a tacit admission of who was more likely to cause trouble. The vets know how to take orders and restrain themselves. The protestors don't.

Nevertheless, some patriots took defensive measures.

The protestors kept up a steady stream of abuse at the vets. One young kid, about 15, next to me started yelling "YOU IGNORANT REDNECKS" at the vets. "That's racist," I told him. "No, it isn't," he said. "What do you think a redneck is," I asked. "A redneck is an ignorant, stupid person," he said. "That's like calling blacks ignorant or stupid," I told him. "Whatever," he said.

The vets were FOR things, the protestors were AGAINST things. Some psychologist could turn a buck writing a study about the difference between the two mindsets, though I could tell him which one is healthier and requires more intellectual capital.

The protestors vehemently objected to the patriots desire to win the war or lose the jihad.
Some protestors came dressed as Death, which was oddly appropriate, for if they were able to convince Congress to withdraw our troops, Iraq would become Death's playground. Death was what they were promoting, not only in Iraq, but eventually here at home when an insurgent victory in Iraq would encourage the jihadis to strike us, confident that they could outlast us.
 

Counter-protest babes. While I freely admit my bias towards lusty, red-blooded, patriotic babes, I still think our protest babes out-babed their protest babes.

After the police passed on horseback, the vets yelled, "Hey, LOOK! Here's some Cindy Sheehan!" The protestors didn't think that was funny at all.
 


The anarchists paraded their devil god across the Arlington Memorial Bridge; the god of the insurgency, of beheadings, of chaos and defeat. Hail Satan! Let Us March For Your Victory!

History may well record this march some day as akin to the infamous Ku Klux Klan march down Pennsylvania Avenue in 1928.
The only point where the protestors and vets collided came at the entrance to Arlington National Cemetery, where they closed to arm's distance and shouted at the vets, "WHO WOULD JESUS BOMB!?" "The enemy!" cried the patriots. A protestor with an African accent shouted that he was ashamed of the vets, ASHAMED! Medea Benjamin of Code Pink began singing, "All we are saying, Is give peace a chance." Unfortunately for Medea, we gave peace eighteen chances in Iraq in the form of UN resolutions and Saddam didn't go for any of them. Peace offerings only appease the peaceable; it provokes aggressors who see them as weakness. The confrontation went on for about five minutes until the police scrambled some motorcycles between the two sides and moved the protestors on.

Before the march started, some of the vets found a stash of ANSWER propaganda, six boxes of it, stashed under a tall evergreen tree next to the bridge. They pissed on it, good veteran pee made in America by Americans. ANSWER posted a guard on it after the fact. Quite frankly, I lost my confidence in the ANSWER commies competence to rule the world when they can't even keep their propaganda dry.

What Would The Giant Puppets Do? That's the question the lefties ask themselves when considering the great issues of the day. There is no greater moral authority in the protest world than the giant puppet. If the giant puppets are against war, well, ya gotta listen and take it seriously. However, there weren't quite enough giant puppets to convince me the radicals were right. There were maybe half a dozen puppets, tops. A dozen giant puppets is my tipping point, where I begin to really sit down and think: Do I want to thwart the will of the puppets? Until ANSWER produces more puppets, I'm sticking with Bush.

Another irony of the "peace" march is the ubiquitous image of Che Guevara, Fidel's enforcer, who tortured and executed members of the guerrilla band who fell afoul of of Fidel. After the Communist victory in Cuba, Che took command of a prison where he set to executing hundreds, maybe thousands, of enemies on his personal whim, establishing the Cuban system of political repression. Che is a hero to the "peace" marchers.

"Crazy with fury I will stain my rifle red while slaughtering any enemy that falls in my hands! My nostrils dilate while savoring the acrid odor of gunpowder and blood. With the deaths of my enemies I prepare my being for the sacred fight and join the triumphant proletariat with a bestial howl!" Che Guevara's Peace Plan, "Motorcycle Diaries"

Some of the protest chimps got antsy and started climbing trees because, well, they were there. Nobody brought any bananas to lure them back down.

As Reagan said, the problem with liberals is that they know so much that isn't true. The Left has a different script for the war in Iraq, a script for defeat, just like Vietnam. It's rotten and wrong and the Left has handcuffed itself to this doomsday scenario. They want to lose out of perversity while we want to win out of patriotism and the desire to lift up the world into freedom. The Left isn't up to that kind of heavy lifting.

The USMLO is the U.S. Marxist-Leninist Organization. If you can tell me why the liberal media will never show you a photo of these flags nor a report of the organization toting them, you win a cookie. We all know why, don't we? Well, that's a free cookie for you. Mmmm. Cookies.

This couple had the novel idea of demonstrating the alternative to war but, really, nobody wants to see us middle-aged farts making love in public. Even the protestors wanted these folks to get a room.

I wouldn't want to give the false impression that none of the protestors flew American flags, but in a way distinctly different from the vets.

Thank goodness for telephoto lenses. I wanted to keep at least twenty feet of separation from this guy. I had to boil that lens when I got home.

Finally, the march reaches the promised land of the Pentagon's south parking lot.
 

Vets Vs Moonbats, Part 4

I didn't read any further than "FREE IMAM..." when my gag reflex kicked in and I decided whoever Imam Jamil Al-Amin might be, he was probably a guilty dirtbag that I would never want to see walking free on the streets. A little Googling confirmed the accuracy of my finely tuned BS detector. Imam Jamil Al-Amin is the former 60's radical and Black Panther, H. Rap Brown, famous for saying "We're gonna burn America down." He made the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List in 1970, then got into a shootout with the cops that sent him to the slammer for five years. He took a new Muslim name after a jailhouse conversion to Islam.

His conversion to the Religion of Peace made him a bigger asshole. Islam gave him a whole new set of reasons to hate America. He wrote in 1994, "When we begin to look critically at the Constitution of the United States, we see that in its main essence it is diametrically opposed to what Allah has commanded." He was suspected in connection with a dozen different homicides, finally getting his radical ass arrested for shooting a drug dealer in the legs four times. After getting out of that, he shot two cops, killing one. That put him on the FBI list a second time, got him arrested, convicted, and sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole in 2002.

Jamil portrayed himself as an innocent Muslim victim, "This matter is not just about me. It is about Islam and the entire Muslim Ummah. There is a pre-meditated conspiracy to destroy Islamic leadership. When the truth is established, the disbelievers will start to do things." Consequently, the leading Muslim organizations love him. CAIR, the AMC, ISNA and the Muslim American Society issued a joint statement: "The charges against Imam Jamil are especially troubling because they are inconsistent with what is known of his moral character and past behavior as a Muslim." These organizations never met a Muslim terrorist they didn't like.

And that's why this chick is toting Jamil's plea around on a sign: The lefties love cop killers. But I don't.
The socialists were hectoring the crowd on a bullhorn. One of the slogans amplified to the crowds was to support the resistance in Iraq. Yup, you read that right. The commies wanted the useful idiots to support the insurgents killing and wounding our guys in Iraq, beheading Iraqis who work for America, and driving truck bombs into marketplaces. Radicals, have you no sense of decency!?


Suddenly, a woman in a "Viva The Reagan Revolution" T-shirt jumped in the middle of the circle of socialists, waving an American flag and holding a sign: "Win the War or lose to Jihad!"


The commies mobbed her, covering her sign with theirs, lest a sane message infect the moonbats.



There was a struggle for the flag.



One of the commies grabbed the flag and tore it up while laughing at the woman he stole it from.


He walked around showing off the torn flag, his trophy, to his commie pals. I asked him why he tore that flag in half. "It's IMPERIALISM!" he shouted. That's your interpretation. What about her free speech? "It's HATE speech. It supports imperialism," growled the commie. That's your opinion, says I. What about free speech? "She shouldn't BE here!" yelled the commie, making haste to escape me into the crowd.

Flying the flag is hate speech to the commies. That is a core value of our political opposition. They are not against the war. They are against America and all it stands for. While our democracy grants them freedom of speech, in their world freedom of speech belongs only to them and any dissent is swiftly crushed.
 

This hammerhead was ranting about the United States poisoning the world with depleted uranium and giving anecdotes about people suffering radiation poisoning from DU. The only problem with this particular conspiracy theory is that depleted uranium is about as radioactive as ordinary dirt. That's why they called it "depleted." The US military has guys who have been wounded by DU, carry bits of DU in their bodies where it enters the bloodstream, and they have documented no ill effects from it other than what you could expect from having metal fragments punch through your body.

But in the protest world, all you need to be considered an expert is some paper, glue, and posterboard accompanied by a bullhorn.
 

They certainly are.
Although this one was pretty cute.


And this one was kinda cute, too, though I suspect she's using the protest as an excuse to talk dirty to crowds.
 

Gosh, another caricature of Bush. Didn't see THAT coming. You know, lefties are like little kids who can watch the same movie over and over and over and still laugh at the same jokes every time like they just heard it.

Ramsey Clark, former attorney general under LBJ, and now attorney to the slimiest dictators on the planet, spoke with the Pentagon as his backdrop. The countries building nukes couldn't hurt us if they tried, he cried. The Pentagon's budget is too big. You can't make that many weapons without killing people. The defense budget should be cut in half, then cut in half again. Personally, I'd rather see Ramsey Clark cut in half, then cut in half again.

Basically, this demonstration was a political follow-on attack to the terrorist strike on the Pentagon on September 11. ANSWER and Al Qaeda both consider the Pentagon a target for roughly equivalent reasons. ANSWER sees the Pentagon as an obstacle to insurgent socialist movements. Al Qaeda sees the Pentagon as an obstacle to insurgent jihadi movements. Their interests neatly converge on the Pentagon.

"Support Our Deserters" is what the lefties mean by supporting the troops.


Cindy Sheehan, the Mother of All Moonbats, took the stage to thunderous applause and whoops from the crowd. She bitched about how cold it was and then casually said her son, Casey, died for nothing. [Tantor Note: Actually Casey died trying to save his buddies trapped under fire. That's Something.] Sheehan cried that America is fighting to make the corporations rich and line the pockets of George Bush, Dick Cheney and all the other war criminals. She didn't much care for the Gathering of Eagles, either, who don't realize that America is not the universe. [Tantor Note: Agreed, America is not the whole universe, just the sweet center of the universe around which everything else revolves.] Referring to the Pentagon, Cindy says they take this death and destruction and export it around the world. [Tantor Note: If I have to explain to you why this is wrong, GET OFF MY BLOG!]

"Let's stop this bullshit now!" cried Cindy Sheehan. At last, Cindy and I and the whole moonbat world agreed. The crowd took the sentiment to heart and began decamping from the rally without hearing out the next dozen rants of the remaining speakers.

Oddly enough, not one of the speakers mentioned that jihadis flew a jumbo jet into the Pentagon behind them and killed 184 innocent people.
 


When all was said and done, this is what they really wanted.
And not a single protestor laid a finger on the Wall.

ATTEMPTED ATTACK ON THE WALL

From: Mrobin1213
From: gande3@verizon.net

IT WAS WHAT WAS GOING ON AT THE CORNER WE JUST LEFT, 22nd& CONST. WHEN ALL THE COPS STARTED POURING IN. THE REPORTS OF AN ATTEMPT ON THE WALL WERE RIGHT, WE DIDN'T GET THE TIME RIGHT.

From: Jeff White <vvapastatecouncil@verizon.net>
Date: 2007/03/21 Wed PM 05:42:09 CDT
Subject: PASC: From "Together We Served" - WALL Attack Attempt CONFIMED

Ladies and Gentlemen, I have given an oral report to the Federation of Concerned Organizations about the Gathering of Eagles event at the memorials in DC on March 17th. There have been many emails containing photos and webcam reports. One of the items that was contained in the many emails that proceeded the event was the possiblity of a late afternoon attack on the memorials after the protest at the Pentagon. This young Marine gives his account of just that type of attempt. It is contained on the Marine web site "Together We Served." We always ragged on each other as veterans but every now and then you have to give the Marines a loud Semper Fi. Thank you.

Jeff White
President
PA State Council
Vietnam Veterans of America
610-356-8524 (H) vvapastatecouncil@verizon.net www.vva-pa.org

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Attack On The Wall
Winter, Ronald (Winter), Sgt 28

Posted - yesterday
Late Saturday afternoon, at about 4 p.m., the pro-terrorism forces came back to DC, in the area of the Vietnam and Lincoln Memorials, after their rally at the Pentagon.

The vast majority of veterans from the Gathering of Eagles had long since departed, but some of us were still there. Our group couldn't start the bus ride back to CT until 5 p.m. due to regulations about how long the driver had to be off the road.

Leading the pro-terrorist returnees was a military-style group of about 100 (police agree with this assessment) carrying a Palestine Authority flag, and marching in a manner reminiscent of the Hezbollah style that we often see on the evening news.

They were chanting in a foreign language, that sounded Arabic, but I am no expert here. The chants sounded very much like those you hear in extremist, anti-American demonstrations.

The group turned toward Constitution Ave., then suddenly veered toward Henry Bacon Drive, and tried to go over the fences that had been erected to keep their demonstration contained there earlier in the day.
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>Police later said their intent was to break down three rows of fences and overwhelm the few remaining guards at The Wall and then deface it. In addition to their first strike at the fencing, members of the terrorist group also started heaving bottles at the police.

At this point Cops from all over converged on the scene (several hundred, not thousands.) As I said, this was witnessed by several dozen of us veterans, at least two of whom, myself included, are members of TWS.

The terrorists never got past the first row of fencing. The cops were on them in a matter of minutes, and some of their group ran up side streets with the cops hot after them.

A solid row of cruisers and motorcycle police was formed going down Henry Bacon Drive between the returning marchers and The Wall. The police were supportive of the vets, and chatted freely with us, sharing what they were hearing about the situation.

The rank and file welcomed us back any time and said they would a million times rather have us in DC than the so-called anti-war crowd.

At 5 p.m. my group walked two blocks up to 21st and Constitution, boarded our bus and headed home, one of the last contingents to leave. At the point the wall was secure, but have no doubts, an attempt was made on it, and had we not raised such a ruckus through the GOE efforts, it very well may have succeeded.

So much for peaceful dissent and freedom of speech. Oh, by the way, throughout the day, little groups of Sheehan's people came to the GOE site, insulting the vets and trying to cause physical confrontations. These included some of the most foul-mouthed middle-aged women it has been my displeasure to ever meet.

The worst the Associated Press could say about us, was that one of these women and her husband had their signs taken away and ripped up.

George E. Brown, VP, VVA Chap. 67
"THOSE WHO HAMMER THEIR GUNS INTO PLOWS WILL PLOW FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT" THOMAS JEFFERSON

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