From the Tuesday, March 11, 2003 Whittier Daily
HABRA -- Antiwar protesters burned and ripped up flags, flowers and
patriotic signs at a Sept. 11 memorial that residents erected on a
fence along Whittier Boulevard days after the terrorist attacks in
2001 and have maintained ever since."
first question that enters my mind is, what good is done for the antiwar
movement when vandals
trash a memorial to thousands of slaughtered civilians? The answer
is none, and that's why it seems like less an antiwar protest
and more the act of saboteurs. This incident can be seized upon as
a defining characteristic of the antiwar movement (a bunch of anti-American
vandals) by the War Party and pulled out whenever a point needs to
be made about our convictions.
whole thing smacks of COINTELPRO-type
tactics. It seems to me that someone really wanted to smear the antiwar
movement...how do we know that this wasn't a horde of pro-war thugs
with "Peace" buttons on their shirts and some time to kill?
curious side of this already-odd story, is the fact that this was
done in plain view of La Habra police officers. And they weren't stopped
or warned – they were protected. La Habra Police Capt. John
Rees said the vandals were "exercising the same freedom of speech
that the people who put up the flags were." The problem is that
destroying private property isn't free speech, and the memorial's
builders and caretakers had the permission of the site's owner.
No comment as of right now from the La Habra Police
Dept., but I am waiting for a callback.
hurl obscenities and throw us in jail if we open our mouths or slip
off the sidewalk in a herded protest, but if you actually destroy
someone's property, they stand by and call it free speech! Is this
what we have police for? To beat the peaceful and protect the violent!?
this action no matter who is responsible, but the bottom line is,
we have no evidence that these are actually antiwar protesters. It
simply doesn't make sense. As peace activists try to gain recognition
from mainstream America as something other than just a bunch of anti-American
patchouli-drenched semi-communist granola-crunchers, an incident like
this has the potential to throw a giant wrench into the gears of the