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  • Friday, August 26, 2005

    American Legion against free speech (and common sense)

    From Democracy Now!: American Legion Declares War on Peace Movement

    The organization the American Legion has voted at its national convention to target peace activists and the antiwar movement. The group boasts nearly 3 million members. The group's national commander called for an end to all "public protests" and what he called "media events" against the war, even though they are protected by the Bill of Rights. Thomas Cadmus told the convention "The American Legion will stand against anyone and any group that would demoralize our troops, or worse, endanger their lives by encouraging terrorists to continue their cowardly attacks against freedom-loving peoples. The delegates voted to use whatever means necessary to "ensure the united backing of the American people to support our troops and the global war on terrorism."

    If Americans what to put an end to the "cowardly attacks against freedom-loving (and foreign-land occupying) peoples" then people of Cadmus' ilk are going to have to look at empirical evidence and not blindly believe to world according to Bill O'Reilly types. As the history of suicide terrorism clearly points out, continued occupation by a democratic nation of another nation will only serve to encourage terrorism, not abate it. Additionally, calling for possibly violent attacks attacks against people (to see what "any means necessary" means in historocal context, see UNSC Resolution 678 and remember what happened in 1991) exercising their Constitutionally enshrined right to free speech is, frankly, the stuff of Nazis and thugs.


    At 8/26/2005 08:17:00 pm, Blogger Sangroncito said...

    The American Legion is composed of a bunch of old geezers pushing 90. Let them try to prevent me from protesting the war in Iraq or anything else!

    At 8/26/2005 10:55:00 pm, Blogger DJEB said...

    Sangroncito, considering that you are a buff weight lifter, I don't think they'll have much success...


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