Sunday, August 19, 2007

not quite

As is most recently and perhaps most notoriously demonstrated in a corrosive editorial by Philadelphia Daily News' editorial by Stu Bykofsky, a meaningful number of supporters of Bush's War actually hope for another massive terrorist attack on the United States, feeling that it would "sew us back together" as a nation and unite the country's citizens to mobilize against the brown hordes that so threaten our existence. Mr. Bykofsky wrote that it "will take another attack on the homeland to quell the chattering of chipmunks and to restore America's righteous rage and singular purpose to prevail." I could point to numerous other examples of right-wingers pining for "another 9/11" to validate their fears and their insane militarism.

Stu and the others are almost right. They just got the wrong date. What we need is not another 9/11. What we need is another 5/4.

On May 4th, 1970, American National Guardsmen shot into a crowd of students demonstrating against the Viet Nam war at Kent State University in Ohio. Four American college students were killed, and nine American college students were wounded in this afternoon of horror and carnage when the forces of the American military were released upon American citizens exercising their right to assemble and to protest the actions of our representatives in government. Public outrage at this incident was a ripple that grew steadily until it was a wave of popular opinion that finally put an end to an unjust war of aggression initiated by the same types of wise foreign policy types that are represented by today's neocon cadre.

If we have to hope for some of our fellow countrymen getting killed in support of an ideology, then let's get them killed for the right one.


Blogger Mary K. Goddard said...

Tin soldiers and W's coming...

9:35 PM  

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