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Peace movement blames America
Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | Marc Berley

Posted on 09/25/2001 8:04:00 PM PDT by ppaul

Just as America must fight a "new kind of war," so it must deal with a new kind of peace movement, one that blames American foreign policy for the recent terrorist attack. Blame the hateful mass murderers seeking martyrdom in their radical holy war against America? Not the new peace movement -- it's a part of a global war against America.

Those who opposed U.S. military action in the past questioned the right of America to protect its interests in other countries. That questioning centered on two issues: the definition of American interests and our right to impose our interests on others. These have always been reasonable questions, whatever one's view in particular cases.

The new peace movement has nothing to do with reasonable questions. "Where is the acknowledgment that this was not a 'cowardly' attack on 'civilization' or 'liberty' or 'humanity' or 'the free world' but an attack on the world's self-proclaimed superpower, undertaken as a consequence of specific American alliances and actions?" So asks Susan Sontag in The New Yorker.

Never before have so many Americans been killed on American soil. But the new self-proclaimed peaceniks are anti-American cultural warriors willing to sink to unimaginable moral equivalencies.

Whereas the old peace movement questioned America's right to kill people in other countries when no attack on American soil had occurred, the new peace movement defends the brutal killing of thousands of Americans on the grounds that America got what it had coming.

The new peace movement doubtless recalls the old. The latter began with communist sympathizers who excused the Soviet Union its innumerable crimes against humanity, seeing capitalism as the world's great evil. Having adjusted to the end of the Cold War, the new peace movement hates America for being the world's sole remaining superpower. And it wants that power eviscerated.

Unmoved to anger against the perpetrators of the atrocious violence of September 11th, the new peaceniks merely heat up their longstanding anger against America.

Deplorably, they turn the death of thousands of innocent lives into an opportunity to point a cold ideological finger at America.

In its extremism, the new peace movement has something in common with Jerry Falwell: the refusal to blame those responsible for the September 11th atrocity, choosing instead to blame America.

Falwell blames America for harboring heretics. The peaceniks blame America for harboring Americans. Put the two together and you get the holy war of Osama bin Laden, the jihad declared against the U.S. by the Taliban.

So far the percentage of Americans who blame America is small. But those who do blame America congregate in places that shape the future of American culture: our nation's college and university campuses.

Anyone who thought that the loss of more than 6,000 lives on American soil might have led to unanimous patriotic compassion even at America's campuses was too hopeful. The Sontag sentiment is highly audible on campus.

The day after the September 11th attack, one of my Columbia students voiced this representative reaction: "I hope it will cause America to examine its foreign policy decisions."

Like the old one, the new peace movement is rooted in our universities. Thus, it is ruled by political correctness, which, after expunging America's virtues and exaggerating its crimes, credits America's most vicious enemies with political and moral validity.

As part of its anti-American campaign, political correctness teaches young Americans to identify their country as a global oppressor and to regard the rest of the world as blameless victims.

It not only urges identification with such victims but also encourages students to see themselves as victims too.

Thus they can simultaneously identify with the victims of the September 11th attack and blame the oppressive U.S.

Off campus, Americans are united, and their present unity is a beauty to behold. A New York Times/CBS poll shows 85 percent supporting military action against whoever is responsible for the recent attacks.

But once America starts fighting, opposition will grow. The same poll shows there is already less support for a protracted war than for a short one. And this "new kind of war" is likely to be a very long one.

If we are to win this long war against terrorism, the next generation will have to be another great generation. Lines at recruitment offices for America's armed forces suggest it just might be exactly that.

But courageous, patriotic young Americans will find their peers using the cloak of a new "peace" movement to make a war against them.

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Unbelievable as it seems, the author is actually a professor at Columbia University in New York. But even he is indignant and appalled at the traitorous new "peace" activists. Maybe there is still hope for this country!
1 posted on 09/25/2001 8:04:00 PM PDT by ppaul
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2 posted on 09/25/2001 8:09:49 PM PDT by Mr. Bungle
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To: ppaul
Blafs and Blefs ('Blame America First's and 'Blame England First's) have a right to speak. And, I have a right to punch their lights out.

It's in the Bill of Rights. It's called "Trial by Jury".

3 posted on 09/25/2001 8:12:12 PM PDT by JohnCliftn
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To: ppaul
There will be fighting in the streets if these socialists continue.
4 posted on 09/25/2001 8:13:22 PM PDT by Roebucks
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To: ppaul
From the Seattle PI?! Wow, the Seattle times MAYBE, not the PI. This is a shocker as these two papers have very leftward leanings. OTOH, Seattle Times DID endorse Bush, beyond my amazement.
5 posted on 09/25/2001 8:13:59 PM PDT by Professional
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To: ppaul
Once again, we have a "peace movement" that is simply a "bowel movement" in disguise. Break out your tie-dyes, bro's! We have a Cause again!
6 posted on 09/25/2001 8:15:22 PM PDT by IronJack
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To: ppaul
This isn't news. The "Peace Movement" has always blamed America. They don't call them Useful Idiots for nothing!
7 posted on 09/25/2001 8:18:03 PM PDT by LiberalBuster
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To: ppaul
Seattle Times?!?!?!? IN Washington state????

Guess they finally put down their bong long enough to see the rest of the nation and the real world for once.

For all my fellow FReepers though, if you would like to sign some fun petitions, go to PetitionOnline.com

They have some great ones designed just for us to sign....
8 posted on 09/25/2001 8:19:00 PM PDT by Nuke'm Glowing
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To: ppaul

Same Crap. Different Enemy. Same Useful Idiots.


9 posted on 09/25/2001 8:20:38 PM PDT by LiberalBuster
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To: ppaul
Socialist Workers' Party. A splinter group of a splinter group of the Fourth International (Trotskyites). This is not a movement, "peace" or otherwise. This is a small nasty cult of socialist "Puritans". I ran into a few of them in college. Intellectual masturbators all.

It's really not surprising that they have a Columbia University professor among them, but these guys have zero influence, even among other commies.

10 posted on 09/25/2001 8:22:18 PM PDT by Salman
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To: JohnCliftn Roebucks
Good news for dentists!
These jerks are gonna start gettin' their teeth knocked out if they keep it up.
11 posted on 09/25/2001 8:22:46 PM PDT by ppaul
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To: Mr. Bungle
Very good! You mind if we use it for counter protest posters?

These losers are so anti-American that they accept the "blame the victim" explanation for 9-11.

12 posted on 09/25/2001 8:22:50 PM PDT by TheDon
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To: ppaul
For the sake of balance and for the fact that nothing is black and white I am posting this article form one of those who's husband was killed by the attacks. She calls for peace:

Published on Tuesday, September 25, 2001 in the Chicago Tribune A Widow's Plea for Non-Violence by Amber Amundson My husband, Craig Scott Amundson, of the U.S. Army lost his life in the line of duty at the Pentagon on Sept. 11 as the world looked on in horror and disbelief.

Losing my 28-year-old husband and father of our two young children is a terrible and painful experience.

His death is also part of an immense national loss and I am comforted by knowing so many share my grief.

But because I have lost Craig as part of this historic tragedy, my anguish is compounded exponentially by fear that his death will be used to justify new violence against other innocent victims.

I have heard angry rhetoric by some Americans, including many of our nation's leaders, who advise a heavy dose of revenge and punishment. To those leaders, I would like to make clear that my family and I take no comfort in your words of rage. If you choose to respond to this incomprehensible brutality by perpetuating violence against other innocent human beings, you may not do so in the name of justice for my husband. Your words and imminent acts of revenge only amplify our family's suffering, deny us the dignity of remembering our loved one in a way that would have made him proud, and mock his vision of America as a peacemaker in the world community.

Craig enlisted in the Army and was proud to serve his county. He was a patriotic American and a citizen of the world. Craig believed that by working from within the military system he could help to maintain the military focus on peacekeeping and strategic planning--to prevent violence and war. For the last two years Craig drove to his job at the Pentagon with a "visualize world peace" bumper sticker on his car. This was not empty rhetoric or contradictory to him, but part of his dream. He believed his role in the Army could further the cause of peace throughout the world.

Craig would not have wanted a violent response to avenge his death. And I cannot see how good can come out of it. We cannot solve violence with violence. Mohandas Gandhi said, "An eye for an eye only makes the whole world blind." We will no longer be able to see that we hold the light of liberty if we are blinded by vengeance, anger and fear. I ask our nation's leaders not to take the path that leads to more widespread hatreds--that make my husband's death just one more in an unending spiral of killing.

I call on our national leaders to find the courage to respond to this incomprehensible tragedy by breaking the cycle of violence. I call on them to marshal this great nation's skills and resources to lead a worldwide dialogue on freedom from terror and hate.

I do not know how to begin making a better world: I do believe it must be done, and I believe it is our leaders' responsibility to find a way. I urge them to take up this challenge and respond to our nation's and my personal tragedy with a new beginning that gives us hope for a peaceful global community.

Amber Amundson is the wife of the late Craig Scott Amundson, an enlisted specialist in the Army.

13 posted on 09/25/2001 8:23:09 PM PDT by micronaut
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To: ppaul
If this were a rape case rather than a terrorist attack, these people would be the first to tell us not to blame the victim. Bet they ALL supported Anita Hill. Hypocrites.
14 posted on 09/25/2001 8:23:50 PM PDT by malakhi
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To: Professional
How diabolical of our enemies, to infilterate our institutions of higher learning, and use education as a weapon against common sense.
15 posted on 09/25/2001 8:25:37 PM PDT by F.J. Mitchell
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To: F.J. Mitchell
I've seen posts at FR about the communist manifesto. It is intentional, the commies have been after education for decades.
16 posted on 09/25/2001 8:29:25 PM PDT by Professional
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To: ppaul
Discussing the unholy alliance of fanatic Islamic terrorists and American leftists, Mark Steyn remarked,"The American Left has found its true soul-brother."
17 posted on 09/25/2001 8:29:51 PM PDT by headsonpikes
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To: micronaut
It's not about revenge. It's about stopping them before they kill again -- perhaps even before they kill this eloquent young widow and her children.

It is a very hard, sad truth, but it is the truth -- it is either us or them. They have left us with no alternative.

18 posted on 09/25/2001 8:33:48 PM PDT by Stefan Stackhouse
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To: micronaut
I'm sorry for Amber, but using this view would be like a Jew writing to Hitler in 1942 asking for mercy. You can not negotiate with animals. And all of the feel good crap we're hearing about will dissappear again after the next terrorist attack.
19 posted on 09/25/2001 8:34:18 PM PDT by Nuke'm Glowing
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To: Mr. Bungle
Bump
20 posted on 09/25/2001 8:34:51 PM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: headsonpikes
There was some ex-flower-child Blame America First biach on Hannity & Colmes tonight. Both Hannity AND Colmes were against her!
21 posted on 09/25/2001 8:36:06 PM PDT by StockAyatollah
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To: ppaul
I've written something similar at Something that Hasn't Changed (Stop Blaming America!).

Bill

22 posted on 09/25/2001 8:36:31 PM PDT by WFTR
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To: ppaul
Interestingly enough, it seems that an organized campaign is shaping up to label anyone who questions U.S. policy as an Anti-American Peacenik. This is sheer B.S.

Many individuals do not want Americans killed, they warned for years that our meddling overseas was a contributing cause to terrorism [See: Cato Handbook for the 105th Congress (1998)], and now the terrorism we were warned about has come to pass.

Of course those responsible need to be hunted down. Of course we cannot accept the killing of innocent Americans under any circumstances. Neither can we continue to screw other people and expect no repercussions.

After we have stopped screwing people, after our foreign policy reflects the true heart of America rather than the interests of Big Business, after all this, if we are attacked again, let's take their damn heads off.

We have a right to defend ourselves. We do not have the right to be bullies and cry "attack on freedom based on envy."

My prayers are with the families of those who perished or were injured on September 11. My anger lies with those warmongers on all sides who use innocent blood to keep score.

23 posted on 09/25/2001 8:37:29 PM PDT by John Deere
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To: Stefan Stackhouse
It's not about revenge it's about justice. If we act vengefully without much forethought we are savages. If we just throw bombs around indiscriminately how does that change anything?
24 posted on 09/25/2001 8:38:10 PM PDT by micronaut
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To: Professional
BUMP!
25 posted on 09/25/2001 8:39:09 PM PDT by F.J. Mitchell
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To: ppaul
I'm hoping that after 8 years of the liberal BS, AND the fact that the majority of Americans are pulling together, that these jacka$$es will find out that the '60 ain't gonna happen again...
26 posted on 09/25/2001 8:43:45 PM PDT by Newton
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To: micronaut
Touching piece by the Army wife. However, nobody here is advocating acts of violence against innocent people. Is that what you are implying? To imply that is what the U.S. wants to do is ignorant at best. Most people believe that the only way to deal with the evil, global-scale mass-murderers who committed the vile, unspeakable acts of terror upon thousands of innocents on 9-11, is swift and overwhelming retribution. That is justice. And, that is the only thing that will stop them. Let's not lose sight of that.

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27 posted on 09/25/2001 8:44:56 PM PDT by ppaul
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FYI
28 posted on 09/25/2001 8:46:57 PM PDT by ppaul
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To: Nuke'm Glowing
Look we are not going against Adolf Hitler here we have the means to bring him to justice without killing innocent people. Osama bin Laden may be evil but he has nowhere near the power the German war machine had. It's like comparing apples to oranges.

Just for the sake of argument what would the Catholic Church think if troops from Saudi Arabia were stationed in the Vatican?

I am afraid that is what these people are thinking about us. That they are angry because our troops are occupying their Holy land in Saudi Arabia. Remove our troops from the region and bring them home to protect America not the oil routes through the Middle East.

AMERICA and our freedom FIRST!!!

If they attacked us on our shores with troops I would be the first to take up arms! If someone is attacking me directly I will defend myself but I would not send a good portion of my military power off to the middle east. We have to make a decision do we want to run an empire or do we want a free republic?

29 posted on 09/25/2001 8:47:35 PM PDT by micronaut
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To: ppaul
I realize you are just the messenger, but when you gotta go, you gotta go.


30 posted on 09/25/2001 8:48:26 PM PDT by budman_2001
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To: JohnHuang2, gimme libertee, Lazamataz, Desert Eagle, KOA5A, endZT, Hail Caesar, Travis McGee
Jump in.
31 posted on 09/25/2001 8:48:58 PM PDT by ppaul
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Volley flag!
32 posted on 09/25/2001 8:50:18 PM PDT by ppaul
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FYI
33 posted on 09/25/2001 8:51:02 PM PDT by ppaul
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To: micronaut
I am truly sorry for this woman's loss. However, she has no real clue about the military's current state... being the world's baby-sitter.

While I agree that revenge is wrong, any terrorist attack that goes unanswered, is an open invitation to any and all other terrorist group to come to America and do more of the same.

Amber obviously missed the UN forum on Racism, the joke that it was.

34 posted on 09/25/2001 8:51:02 PM PDT by Jaded
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ping.
35 posted on 09/25/2001 8:52:09 PM PDT by ppaul
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To: ppaul
Time to crank up some industrial strength Freeps.

Can you say "counterprotest"?

36 posted on 09/25/2001 8:52:25 PM PDT by mrobison
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Your input?
37 posted on 09/25/2001 8:52:50 PM PDT by ppaul
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To: micronaut
So your answer to the attack is to bring the troops home from Saudi Arabia?
38 posted on 09/25/2001 8:53:22 PM PDT by JamesP
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ping.
39 posted on 09/25/2001 8:53:35 PM PDT by ppaul
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To: JohnCliftn
Blafs and Blefs ('Blame America First's and 'Blame England First's) have a right to speak. And, I have a right to punch their lights out.

Better yet - Now that MOST of the country is unified, the differences between the radical left college campuses and the rest of the country will be more obvious than ever to average Americans who haven't been paying attention to exactly WHAT IT IS their tax dollars are funding in the name of "Higher Education".

Maybe some changes will come out of this. Maybe the "political fairness" doctrine that applies to "equal access to the airwaves" will eventually get applied to how our tax dollars are spent on Higher Education as well. Maybe people will ask themselves, "Is it fair to spend massive amounts of tax $$$ funding just one political point of view? And a rabidly extremist point of view at that!!"

Perhaps a WISER use of our tax dollars would be to just withdraw all support from U.S. universities and send that money to all those radical Muslim boys' schools in the Middle East decorated with shrines to Osama that we've been reading about the last week. I mean, hey! If we're going to earmark Billions of our dollars for the purpose of creating enemies of the U.S., we might as well create enemies thousands of miles from here who will have little chance of ever traveling to the U.S. on their own to inflict damage, as opposed to creating enemies in our own midst. Doesn't this make more sense?

40 posted on 09/25/2001 8:53:36 PM PDT by CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC
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ping.
41 posted on 09/25/2001 8:54:04 PM PDT by ppaul
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ping.
42 posted on 09/25/2001 8:54:50 PM PDT by ppaul
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ping.
43 posted on 09/25/2001 8:55:26 PM PDT by ppaul
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ping.
44 posted on 09/25/2001 8:55:57 PM PDT by ppaul
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Jump in.
45 posted on 09/25/2001 8:56:29 PM PDT by ppaul
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To: ppaul
These "peace movement" folks, and the rest of the "blame America first" crowd are really

Irrational Pacifists

A term I picked up from another Freeper on another thread. I like the term, as I think it boils it down to a succinct, accurate description of what we're dealing with here. And it's much more media-genic than "the blame America first crowd".

Pass it on.

46 posted on 09/25/2001 8:56:41 PM PDT by FreedomPoster
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To: micronaut
with a "visualize world peace" bumper sticker on his car.

I'm sorry. I'm hard of hearing. Did she say -

"VISUALIZE WHIRLED PEAS" ???

Another favorite spinoff bumper sticker of mine is :

"VISUALIZE NO LIBERALS"

47 posted on 09/25/2001 8:59:09 PM PDT by CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC
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To: ppaul
The 'peace movement' can kiss my a$$....

I actually like peace, I just hate self-righteous bastards.

48 posted on 09/25/2001 9:00:21 PM PDT by Nate505
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To: ppaul
"Your input?"

I've seen the anti-war movement up close and personal in downtown Chicago
when I was discharged from the Navy in '69.
I was cursed at, yelled at, ridiculed, and denied entrance
to Nortwestern University simply because I was a Viet Nam Vet.
Then, as now, my support for the 1st amendment and free speech remains the same.

One thing HAS changed, if I see an anti-war protestor
HARMING anyone in the military OR anyone who supports our country,
OR damaging government or personal property
I will personally exercise my right to defend my country from those who seek to destroy it.


49 posted on 09/25/2001 9:05:36 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: micronaut
Craig would not have wanted a violent response to avenge his death. And I cannot see how good can come out of it. We cannot solve violence with violence. Mohandas Gandhi said, "An eye for an eye only makes the whole world blind."

As Gingrich said tonite, "The only thing that allowed Gandhi to preach non-violence so long was he was up against the Brits, if he was up against Hitler, he would have been killed."

Come to think of it, he killed wasn't he? Guess non-violence ain't too healthy.

50 posted on 09/25/2001 9:07:07 PM PDT by L`enn
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