"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Delegates to the nation’s largest wartime veterans organization meeting here in national convention today vowed to use whatever means necessary to ensure the united support of the American people for our troops and the global war on terrorism....
“For many of us, the visions of Jane Fonda glibly spouting anti-American messages with the North Vietnamese and protestors denouncing our own forces four decades ago is forever etched in our memories,” [American Legion national commander Thomas P.] Cadmus said. “We must never let that happen again. I assure you, 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....”
“No one respects the right to protest more than one who has fought for it, but we hope that Americans will present their views in correspondence to their elected officials rather than by public media events guaranteed to be picked up and used as tools of encouragement by our enemies,“ Cadmus said. “It would be tragic if the freedoms our veterans fought so valiantly to protect would be used against their successors today as they battle terrorists bent on our destruction."
This is the stuff of fascism, folks, pure and simple. It pains me to say so, given that membership in the Legion is restricted to men and women who have otherwise served this nation with courage and honor, but it is clear from the face of this pronouncement that it is no longer possible for one to be both an American (insofar as "American" is defined as an individual who honors the letter and the spirit of our Constitution) and a member of the American Legion. The Legion exists at the pleasure of Congress (which established the organization by charter in 1919); it is now incumbent upon Congress to demand that the Legion disavow the hateful and dangerous rhetoric spewed by Thomas Cadmus, or have its charter revoked. Along these lines, it would be perfectly appropriate to "present [your] views in correspondence to [your] elected officials" - while you still can.
Update: That strong scent of hypocrisy you detect is coming to you by way of the Whiskey Bar, where Billmon reveals that the [un-]American Legion was not always so hostile to the notion of protest against military adventures, at least not if a Democrat happens to be Commander in Chief.
"The media did the same thing in Vietnam and turned certain victory into defeat."
"Even Giap admitted in his memoirs that news media reporting of the war and the anti-war demonstrations that ensued in America surprised him. Instead of negotiating what he called a conditional surrender, Giap said they would now go the limit because America's resolve was weakening and the possibility of complete victory was within Hanoi's grasp."
"Bui Tin, who served on the general staff of the North Vietnamese army, received South Vietnam's unconditional surrender on April 30, 1975. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal after his retirement, he made clear the anti-war movement in the United States, which led to the collapse of political will in Washington, was "essential to our strategy.""
"Visits to Hanoi by Jane Fonda and former Attorney General Ramsey Clark and various church ministers "gave us confidence that we should hold on in the face of battlefield reverses." "
"America lost the war, concluded Bui Tin, "because of its democracy. Through dissent and protest, it lost the ability to mobilize a will to win." "
found on :http://ussneverdock.blogspot.com/2005/08/iraq-bbc-cheering-for-terrorists-again.html
Seems to me that if a nation goes to war, after a democratic process installs the leaders, and further that if free speech is allowed and nutured, that surely, that the danger associated with attacking the troops' morale and support network at home might be something akin to dangerous verbal abuse. What is the legal term for someone shouting at the busdriver when he is making a dangerous turn. Surely we must all agree this is dangerous.