beatings for peace

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This better not become a trend.

The Pierce County [Washington] Sheriff’s Department is searching for five people who allegedly attacked a uniformed National Guardsmen walking along 138th Street in Parkland Tuesday afternoon.

The soldier was walking to a convenience store when a sport utility vehicle pulled up alongside him and the driver asked if he was in the military and if he had been in any action.

The driver then got out of the vehicle, displayed a gun and shouted insults at the victim. Four other suspects exited the vehicle and knocked the soldier down, punching and kicking him.

“And during the assault the suspects called him a baby killer. At that point they got into the car and drove off and left him on the side of the road,” Detective Ed Troyer with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department told KIRO 7 Eyewitness News.

I hope that the anti-war crowd is as strong in their condemnation of this unconscionable action as anti-abortion leaders have been against Murderers for Life.

Violent protests in support of peaceful aims are not just hypocritical, they are wrong.  People on all sides of this issue have a duty to condemn such reprehensible conduct.

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11 Responses to “beatings for peace”

  1. Sean Braisted Says:

    Don’t know if I’d consider myself “anti-War”, but I think these acts are pretty reprehensible. One of the great things about the current Anti-War movement compared to that of the Vietnam protestors has been their effort to stay away from attacks (verbal or physical) on the troops who serve in our armed forces. As of right now, the couple of incidents I have seen (from Malkin) are limited to the Washington State area, so I don’t know if it’s the work of a handful of loons. But if it moves beyond there, it would be a very disturbing situation.

  2. Sharon Cobb Says:

    As a peace activist, of course I condemn this action. But you are making a quantum leap from 5 people in an SUV (I’ve never seen a peace activist in an SUV)asking him if was in the Iraq war and calling him a baby killer, to saying they were peace activists. Nothing in the story describes the thugs, but I bet you they weren’t wearing peace signs around their necks, smoking a doobie and listening to The Grateful Dead.
    It’s much more likely they were from that ring wing crazy group that goes to military funerals to celebrate the death of soldiers, or some other fringe, lunatic group. Maybe they were terrorists. But peace activists? I’ll bet you whatever you want to bet that when they find the thugs, they aren’t peace activists.

  3. Gandalf Mantooth Says:

    I drive a QX4 Sharon.

  4. Sharon Cobb Says:

    PS….I just read the complete story, and you left this part out:
    “The driver is described as a white male, 25-30 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, heavy build, short blond hair, wearing a black T-shirt and jeans, and armed with a handgun.

    The vehicle’s passengers are described as white males, 20-25 years old. Some of the suspects wore red baseball hats and red sweatshirts during the attack.”

    While we certain welcome everyone, I’ve never seen peace activists dressed in baseball caps in SUVs ages 20-25. If you were profiling a peace activist, the description listed above would be the antithesis of a peace activist.

  5. john h Says:

    Assholes are assholes no matter their ‘pedigree’. I believe there are more and more people who are anti-this-war, as opposed to being anti-war in general. The vast majority of ‘peace-activists’ this generation seemed to more ‘targeted’ in their protest, and don’t appear to show lack of respect for military personnel.

    To me, the greatest respect we could give our soldiers is to take them out of Iraq. No matter where they are, I’m thankful for the military, and I applaud their efforts despite the horrible predicament in which they have been placed.

  6. Sharon Cobb Says:

    Excellent points, John. We do NOT call the soldiers “baby killers.” Peace activists made that mistake in the 60s, and learned from it.
    Now the politicians…
    John…check out LeftWingCracker and see the video he has up of Keith Olberman and Rummy.

  7. Blue Collar Republican » Where I Come From Says:

    [...] I ran across this story over at Bob Krumm’s site, but it was so outlandish I had to do a little research of my own to verify it. The soldier, 22, was walking on 138th Street South between A Street South and Pacific Avenue about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday when an SUV pulled up beside him, deputies reported. The driver asked the soldier if he were in the military and if he’d seen any action. The driver got out of the vehicle, pulled a gun and shouted insults at the soldier, deputies reported. [...]

  8. joe lance Says:

    I think it a bit short-sighted to associate vehicle styles with principled positions, but nevertheless I see what Sharon’s trying to say.

    I stand beside anyone who condemns this act; violence is violence, and there is no reasonable way to justify this.

    Our armed forces go through hell, whether or not you believe they are doing it for the right reasons. So do their families and loved ones back home. I hate war, but I hate stupidity such as shown by these few as well. That’s not the way to send the message that needs to get across.

  9. Sharon Cobb Says:

    OOPS…Sorry, Gandalf.

  10. Kevin Barbieux Says:

    ok, so we are all pretty much in agreement that it is hypocritical to claim a desire for peace and then commit acts of violence.

    I hope you pro war people are listening to yourselves.

  11. Mary Kennedy Says:

    As a strong opponent of the war in Iraq, but a supporter of our men and women in uniform, (who should never, ever be put in harm’s way unless it is absolutely necessary, which may have true in Afghanistan but was most certainly not true in Iraq) I am horrified that anyone would gratuitously attack a serviceman or woman. But I would also point out that I’ve never yet met a peace activist who carried a handgun.