The anti-war people who go around priding themselves on supporting the troops and not the war, have hated the US military even before 9/11 even happened.Â As I mentioned before, hating the troops is nothing new as I personally witnessed these mass anti-military protests happen before 9/11 even occurred.Â The only difference now is that they are getting increased media attention due to the Iraq War.Â However, what the media won’t show is what these people actually stand for.Â Well courtesy of Semper Gratus here is a video of wounded US military veterans conducting a counter protest last week against the anti-military types holding a rally at the US Capitol.Â As you watch remember these words from the Washington Post journalist and NBC News military analyst William Arkin:
Through every Abu Ghraib and Haditha, through every rape and murder, the American public has indulged those in uniform, accepting that the incidents were the product of bad apples or even of some administration or command order.
Sure, it is the junior enlisted men who go to jail. But even at anti-war protests, the focus is firmly on the White House and the policy. We don’t see very many "baby killer" epithets being thrown around these days, no one in uniform is being spit upon.
Now watch the video and see these "peace loving" and "non-violent" anti-military types in action.Â How much courage does it take to challenge a wounded veteran in a wheel chair to fight?Â Well, that is the type of courage on display by the people who support the troops and not the war.Â Â I’m sure NBC and the rest of the MSM will continue to have no interest in showing the American people who these anti-military people really are.
Just for the record some of my commenters have brought up that they think that members of the US military should not be allowed to vote or protest and remain a-political.Â I tend to disagree because I think people who serve their country deserve the right to vote even more so than people who don’t because the US military is often the ones that have to implement US policy, so why shouldn’t they have a say in who is the one that creates that said policy?Â Then again the Democrats have done everything they can to stop military ballots from being counted in tight races anyway, so maybe we should not vote?
As far as protesting, if soldiers didn’t speak out against the anti-military left who will?Â Soldiers I talk to are becoming increasingly frustrated how one side the media coverage is and how these anti-military loons continue to get to shape the Iraq debate.Â Look at this blog for example, should I stop blogging and providing a soldier’s perspective of Korea related issues simply to remain a-political and let the "citizen journalists" of media sites like Oh My News shape the views of how people view US soldiers in Korea?Â I like to think that I have at least influenced some people that not all USFK soldiers are the drunken barbarians out looking to rape naive, innocent Korean women like the Korean media wants people to believe.Â As long as soldiers don’t campaign for political candidates or issues in uniform, I don’t see why they should not be allowed to speak out about issues regarding the US military as a private citizen.Â I am a professional and even if a political leader does things contrary to what I think is right, I will drive on.Â I worked just as hard for President Clinton as I do now for President Bush and if Hillary gets elected I will work just as hard for her.Â It is just like following orders from commanders in the military; not all the commanders I have had were all great, but even for the poor commanders you still follow their orders.Â If you are in the military and can’t put your personal views about a superior a side you need to find a different line of work.Â