*UPDATE* – Why “Peace” Thugs Attack
In my last update post on the so-called peace activists’ attack of the OIF veteran and his wife and teenage son, Paula asked the following in the comments:
“…what have we become as a nation? What is wrong with people??????”
I do not have a good answer to this, but I do know why we have become what we have as a nation: because those who commit these acts against their fellow Americans are not forced to deal with the consequences of their actions. Thus, we embolden these assholes to go even further.
First they protested. Then they called them ‘babykillers’. Then they spit on them. And Americans did not bat an eye. We, as a society, considered this acceptable behavior for American citizens to have towards its military members.
So now these people are emboldened to go even further. Now, they are attacking not only military members, but their wives and children as well. And, once again, our society is considering this acceptable behavior.
CJ at A Soldier’s Perspective has posted an update from Gathering of Eagles-NY: [Update] Swartout Update
You want to know why the “peace” movement is emboldened to attack America’s military members and their families? Because our society deems it acceptable and because we do not punish them for their actions. In a better time in this nation, this kind of behavior was considered treason and punished with either prison time or death. Now, it is praised. Now, it is encouraged. Now, it is deemed ‘free speech’ and ‘dissent’ and… “harrassment”.
Update – 3 May 08:
EDINBORO – A peace group that meets in Edinboro will receive training in nonviolent conflict resolution — a result of two members being charged for their parts in an April 22 brawl.
Two members of the group — Alyssa Stelmack, 21, and her sister, Andria Stelmack, 23, both of Erie — were charged with harassment after they fought with a Townville couple that crossed the street to challenge their anti-war rhetoric.
The Townville couple — Jason Swartout, 33, and his wife, Carrie Swartout, 30 — also were charged with harassment, a summary offense. They have not responded to requests for comment.
Interestingly, no one was charged with assault. It’s good to know that in Pennsylvania I can walk up to someone I don’t agree with, commence to beating and kicking them, and only be charged with “harrassment”. As you can see in BOTH videos above, the first blows were dealt by the “peace thugs” and they should be charged with assault accordingly. Hopefully, these people will learn something from their conflict resolution classes.
Naturally, the article makes it look as if the peaceniks were simply victims in all this and that it all started with Jason Swartout intimidating a man in a wheelchair. One could easily question that if not for the overwhelming evidence above.
“They were wrong,” said Richard McVay, a Penn Action activist who met with the sisters after the fight. “They were wrong to react violently to a violent provocation. But I can see how it could happen.”
There was nothing violent about a 14-year old filming the displays the “peace thugs” obviously wanted people to see. However, THEY turned it into a violent confrontation. It doesn’t surprise me that Richard McVay, socialist moron, would be quoted that way.
This is absolutely despicable. There are no words to describe my anger.
Also, you notice the tone of the article, as CJ mentions. There was no “violent provocation” done by the military veteran and his family. The sole action of the family was the son crossing the street to capture the “anti-war” protest on video. They consider *that* to be “violent provocation”.
Not to mention that these assholes were supposed to be protesting for “peace”, yet when a teenage boy video tapes them, to them, that justifies violence. Not Saddam killing and oppressing his own people. Not Islamic terrorists mass murdering people around the world. That does not stir up the ire of the “peace” movement. No, a teenage boy video taping them, *that* is what justifies violence in their demented world.
I can’t even find the words to express my anger and disgust with this situation and with the “peace” movement in general.
Also, here is a comment left at A Soldier’s Perspective that angers me even more:
From what I saw on O’Reilly, it looks like the DA in Edinboro is anti-military and wants to hang the pro-troop people. He strongly suggested that Carrie [wife of OIF veteran Jason Swartout] get a good attorney.
I did not see the O’Reilly segment on this, since I don’t watch any mass media news, but, if this is true, this is even more angering. There is absolutely NO equivalence between what the “peace” thugs did and what this military member and his family did. None whatsoever. Video taping a protest is not a “violent provocation”. Yet, what did the law enforcement do in this case? Charged both groups with the same offense. It is now considered “harassment” to beat the shit out of people. It is also considered “harrassment” to video tape a protest and defend oneself from assholes who beat on your family.
It is because of this that the “peace” movement is no longer about peace, but about fascism and suppressing and attacking anyone who opposes them. And this is why I have nothing but contempt for the so-called peace movement. I despise the whole lot of them. Go join the Peace Corps and protest in Communist and oppressed countries and then you will earn my respect and I will honor you. Until then, FUCK YOU all.
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