The Disgraceful Anti-War March In DC This Week-End
“Those people who would try to undermine her credibility will fail. We welcome her back to the peace community,” said Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), chairman of the Out of Iraq congressional caucus.
“She’s a high-profile, outspoken American,” said actor Sean Penn, while smoking a cigarette before the rally. What she means to the antiwar movement “is the same thing any of the rest of us mean to it. She’s one more voting American with a conscience who is against this war.”
….Kathy Engel, another United for Peace and Justice spokeswoman, said Fonda is important to the cause because through the years, she has been on the wave-crest of women’s rights “and a myriad of issues concerning the health of our country. She’s a long-distance runner.”
Before the march, Fonda spoke briefly to a few hundred people at the Navy Memorial. The event was sponsored by Code Pink, an antiwar group started by women. On the other side of Pennsylvania Avenue, three dozen protesters organized by the conservative Web site Free Republic held up signs calling protesters traitors and terrorist sympathizers.
“Jaaaaannnneeeee Fonda has blood on her hands!” chanted one man with a megaphone.
“Thank you so much for being here,” Fonda told the Code Pink folks over the noise. “We’re going to get it done.” Afterward, she hugged civil-rights activist Dick Gregory.
Asked whether she believed her presence might cause more harm than good to this antiwar movement, she snapped, “No.” Then laughed. And was spirited away by handlers to the rally on the Mall.
She was one of the last people to speak at the midday rally. As she waited for her cue, she chatted with Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio). She shook hands with the Raging Grannies, a group of senior citizens who sang onstage, while the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sean Penn and actor-couple Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins milled about nearby.
These people hate Bush so much that they’ll even support a traitor like Fonda, who should have been hung like Saddam for what she did in the Vietnam war, as long as she agrees with them.
One of them also spit at wounded soldier, Joshua Sparling, who was one of the counter-protestors:
“In Washington, counterprotesters also converged on the mall in smaller numbers, but the antiwar demonstration was largely peaceful.
There were a few tense moments, however, including an encounter involving Joshua Sparling, 25, who was on crutches and who said he was a corporal with the 82nd Airborne Division and lost his right leg below the knee in Ramadi, Iraq. Mr. Sparling spoke at a smaller rally held earlier in the day at the United States Navy Memorial, and voiced his support for the administration’s policies in Iraq.
Later, as antiwar protesters passed where he and his group were standing, words were exchanged and one of the antiwar protestors spit at the ground near Mr. Sparling; he spit back.
Capitol police made the antiwar protestors walk farther away from the counterprotesters.
“These are not Americans as far as I’m concerned,” Mr. Sparling said.”
Then to top it all off, the anti-war crowd defaced the Capitol building:
“Anti-war protesters were allowed to spray paint on part of thewest front steps of the United States Capitol building after police wereordered to break their security line by their leadership, two sources toldThe Hill.
According to the sources, police officers were livid when theywere told to fall back by U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) Chief Phillip Morse andDeputy Chief Daniel Nichols. “They were the commanders on the scene,” one source said,who requested anonymity. “It was disgusting.”
After police ceded the stairs, located on the lower west front of the Capitol, the building was locked down, the source added.
A second source who witnessed the incident said that the police had the crowd stopped at Third Street, but were told to bring the police line in front of the Capitol.
Approximately 300 protesters were allowed to take the steps and began to spray paint “anarchist symbols” and phrase such as “Our capitol building” and “you can’t stop us” around the area, the source said.
…Yet, the sources who talked to The Hill were furious that protesters were not stopped before reaching the Capitol.
“To get that close to the Capitol building, that is ridiculous,” the second source said. “[Police] were told not to arrest anyone.”
The second source added that police had to stand by and watch as protesters posed in front of their graffiti.”
It’s utterly disgraceful that these scumbag anti-war protestors were allowed to spray graffiti on the Capitol building and even worse that the police were forced to let them do it. Whoever made that decision deserves to be fired. The police should have been in there cracking heads and hauling those taggers off to jail.
But still, this at least gives you an idea of what the anti-war movement in this country is really like. Supporting a traitor, defacing the Capitol building, spitting at a wounded soldier — that’s the real face of the anti-war movement in this country. It’s not just anti-Bush or anti-war, it’s anti-military and anti-American.