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If you are not prepared to march on the Capitol building and start hurling rocks, I understand. But why didn’t all these protestors go sit on the tracks of the light rail, arms locked, refusing to move? Because they didn’t want to be arrested? Because they didn’t want to be late for class? Because they didn’t want to inconvenience someone on the way home from work?

I commend the actions of the one student (a former solider in the Iraq war) who broke away from the protest to stand in the middle of a crosswalk, refusing to move, while other protestors walked by him, yelling their anti-war chants. But why did he stand alone?

I commend the actions of the five people who threw red paint on the army recruiting center last year. But where were the rest of you? When did we all become so docile? When did the success of a protest become measured by getting a green light from local authorities?

Source. I used to be a columnist for that rag…


5 Responses

  1. I don’t like protests — they’re usually counterproductive, getting people to associate your cause with whatever annoying burden you’re placing on them (not getting to work, having red paint thrown on you, etc.). Not the way to sell a message. However, the author of the article has a point — what today passes for protests are just absolutely silly. Anyone who thinks they’re promoting change by standing around and chanting has completely lost it. Before, protesting was flawed because it accomplished a counter-productive goal; now, protesting is flawed because it’s just stupid.

  2. I don’t quite understand JT, are you saying you do agree with the author that anti-war activists should be vandilizing recruiting centers or are you saying you wish the author had actually gone further in her assertions and advocated hurling rocks?

  3. I think more than anything it shows in great detail the true paradigm of the current anti-war protest. I understand these aren’t the same people who are in congress (i.e. Pelosi and other democrats pushing for “leave now” strategy). But when I see a front page of the newspaper on fourth the anniversery of the first day of the invasion into Iraq feature less than 3,000 protestors in Loring Park of Minneapolis, and I see these are the type of things they want to do but are too afraid to accomplish their civil disobediance, it puts it all into perspective.
    I dont disagree there is a large number of people who are concerned about the current state of the US military in Iraq, but the media distorts this by featuring a very vocal minority of crazies who are currently protesting in the street. These people who want to go to such lengths are in very small company and deserve very little media attention in my humble opinion. Especially if they are unwilling to go the distance, like the author of the opinion piece suggests they should do, which, by the way, really give him no merit or credibility in the debate over when is the appropriate time to bring the troops home.

  4. Neither — I was being ironic.

  5. Should not the hat tip go to the actual source of where you found the story?

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