Wednesday, August 31, 2005

I'll be protesting too...

6 years ago. That was the last time we had an airshow here in Brunswick, Maine at the Naval Air Station. If you haven't been to an airshow, it's rather hard to describe. It may sound boring to some of you, but it truly is a treat to see and in some cases get into the finest our nation has to offer in aircraft. It's an American event, and yes, more so for military members and aviation afficiendos.

We were scheduled for one in September 2001, but it was quickly cancelled after September 11. It's hard to describe, but that cancellation, though of course necessary at that time, felt like a "win" for terrorism to me. Not only were they keeping our planes out of the air commercially, but now the Blue Angels couldn't even fly here, and nobody knew when they would be back.

This year we were gratified to learn that the show would be back in town. And even more so after we learned last week that BNAS was voted to be cut in the latest round of military base closures. So this year a bunch of us are planning on going to the Air Show at the base. There are always lots of military members from various services there, and plenty of vets to thank.

And, it's being held on September 10/11.

So, imagine my surprise today to learn that THIS is what else is being planned for my town on that day.

Oh, what the heck, I may as well share it with you in full:

Theme of Our Protest:
"Stop the Worship of the Gods of War!"

On Sat., Sept. 10th, Maine Veterans for Peace will be joined by other major peace and justice groups (see list of co-sponsors below) in a massive protest:

. to protest the false god idolatry of the Blue Angels Air Show, whose "ooh-&-aah"performances have one purpose: to promote badly-lagging military recruitment to protest the obscene waste of American tax dollars to stage these Blue Angels' multi-million dollar extravaganzas

. to protest Bush's immoral, monomaniacal Iraq war -- nearly 1,800 U.S. and
100,000 Iraqi civilians dead, at a cost of over $300 billion, and still counting

. to protest NASB's complicity with the war machine, providing surveillance aircraft to target ground forces, which in the end cause horrendous "collateral damage"

. to challenge NASB to convert to peaceful purposes, creating good-paying high-tech/industrial jobs, making products that improve lives, not end them

We urge you to join us Sept. 10 in Brunswick. Also joining us will be Kathy Kelly (Founder: Voices in the Wilderness) and Cindy Sheehan (Founder: Gold Star Families for Peace)

I'd like to say I'm above all this, but I don't think I am. I'll pull up in with my combat star sticker in the window, and my "civilian dog tags" on. Combat Star courtesy of my brother in law who is an Army Major training ISF in Ramadi. "Civilian Dog Tags" courtesy of my Iraqi friends, who gave them to me as a token of my civilian service there, and more importantly of our friendship and loyalty to each other. I'll be protesting too. For every Iraqi I know and for every American serviceman who allows me the freedom to be writing this right now.

God Bless America. Aasha Al-Iraq. Long live freedom.


Blogger Matthew said...

Hi Kerry,

Here are three lines of questioning that are sometimes productive when confronting "anti-war" protesters (scare-quotes are needed because many anti-war protesters are only "anti- War in defense of the U.S. and/or in defense of human rights):

Did you at the time, or do you now oppose the liberation of Afghanistan?

Should we have fought Adolph Hitler and the emperor of Japan in World War II ? (This is a good question for true-blue pacifists.)

What do you think of Fidel Castro?

This last question, about Castro, is often the most interesting. It usually takes a protester completely by surprise, and tends to put them a little off-balance. They might even protest that it is not a fair or relevant question. But it is hard for someone to argue against such a question when he/she is trying to be a big wet blanket at an air show: if a political protest is fair, then a political question is just as fair.

What's interesting about the Castro question is that it should be very, very easy to answer: Castro is an evil son-of-a-b***h dictator, and the sooner the people of Cuba can get rid of him, the better. But since Castro is such an icon on the left, it is hard for many protesters to come out and admit this, and many protesters either like/love Castro, or have a "nuanced" view along the lines of "he's tough, but he's accomplished a lot".

And don't forget that Castro has a history of sending Cuban troops to intervene in places like Angola. Does Castro have a right to do things like this, but not the American people?

Debating protesters can be fun, so it's something you might want to consider doing at your air show. But use a little caution, you probably don't want to precipitate a big fight. You may be better off just ignoring them and enjoying the show.

7:01 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

I wouldn't worry too much about provoking a fight; the typical "peace" protester is a malnourished vegan averse to physical exertion and gun ownership. Any real American could take 5 of these weenies easy. Give them a nice handgun and the ratio multiplies dramatically.

The other nice thing about provoking a fight is watching the emotions of these "pacifists" instantly take over and seeing how quickly they resort to violence when people have the audacity to question their religion.

It's going to be a great couple of days: Large impressive military hardware show, and the chance to piss off a bunch of spoiled lefties. Can't beat that with a bat.

7:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Bill Adams

7:33 PM  
Blogger Blog World said...

A dying man needs to die, as a sleepy man needs to sleep, and there comes a time when it is wrong, as well as useless, to resist.
Stewart Alsop- Posters.

5:26 PM  
Anonymous Jarrett said...


What Matthew said is completely on the other side of the fence, despite the possibility of him playing Devil's Advocate.

Fidel Castro, was wrong to do some things, though he was right to do others. Castro himself was too weak a man to become a dictator, already well-trodden on the way to allowing his inner darkness to dominate. You must all realize democracy isn't the only thing that works (if it does), and it ISN'T the definitive viewpoint of freedom.

Adolph Hitler persecuted: his invasions are no more evil or good than the invasions of the past. What he did wrong was his willing, active persecution of "non-Aryans" and he had a complete lack of empathy for his opponents and no war-time honour. Therefore he should've been stopped (which he was). KEEP IN MIND, that America wasn't the ONLY one fighting him in some way: all of the non-Axis forces were, West and Eastern countries. And America joined late.

Afghanistan did not really need "liberation", it needed its warlord Taliban leaders to be exposed as fraudelent and illegal officiants. Who are we to liberate others? WHAT DO THEY EVEN NEED LIBERATION FROM? Only SOME people in America, and SOME in her military, knew the answer to these questions. Do you not even consider that fighting a liberation war and then a counter-insurgency is another form of oppression for natives and denizens of the country you're trying to save? And are there not soldiers in Iraq (and perhaps Afghanistan) committing -- and being convicted for -- crimes against the civilians?

These current wars are not holy wars, not even economic wars (though that is the REAL reason for the Iraq war). They are most likely acts of revenge, or perhaps seizable opportunities to subdue potential enemies whose situations were becoming increasingly unstable and dangerous to our way of life.

Everyone knows that (Afghanistan, at least) was a vengeance strike against terrorism -- which isn't the real enemy, terrorism is terrorism. Decadence and intolerance are the real enemy... speaking of which, America and the world were already decadent. 9/11 exposed its postmodern intolerance.

As for the Iraq war... well, when the real enemy finally amasses an army, you will be sorry to have excaberated a politically tense situation to an overblown war. I am remiss to say some of your soldiers died half-needlessly. I don't really care about economic arguments (capitalism is fine and dandy, and money only really matters in the context of society's stability, which as irony would have it, is unstable anyway, with or without a steady economy).

And you know what they say about half-truths... heck, even what I say now is all conjecture and part-true. Almost anything said in response to cynicism is still, part-true. Go ahead and keep up the naysaying against the anti-war sentiments: we'll never have one good reason to sugarcoat the damage we've already done... and what follows from that is another story altogether.

6:58 PM  
Anonymous About Medicine Blog said...

Can't beat that with a bat.

12:34 PM  

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