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Protestors Oppose Iraq War, but Not the Warriors

Posted March 19, 2007
Updated March 20, 2007

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— Several protests and vigils were organized Monday night in the Triangle to mark the anniversary of the beginning of the U.S. way in Iraq.

Some protestors are just as passionate about supporting the troops as they are about ending the conflict.

Candice Lynn Davies has helped to organize one vigil. She said she is against the war, but she also is patriotic, supports the troops, wants to keep them safe, bring them home.

“But I also want to question this country because this country came to be because people questioned what was right,” Davies said.

Michael Bruce Edwards, state adjutant of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, said Davies position is tenable, but it requires care to have people understand that one is against the war but in support of the warriors.

Asked if he thought it possible to support the troops and be against the war, Edwards said, “Oh yes, I think so. But I think you have to be real careful. You certainly don't want anything happening like it did in Vietnam with the soldiers treated that way.”

Michael J. Allen, an assistant professor of history at N.C. State University, sees a Vietnam legacy for today’s war opponents.

“The protestors today, I think, have a certain kind of phobia of becoming too aggressive because there is this sense that in Vietnam, anti-war protests went too far,” Allen said.

One difference from that era, Davies said, is the Internet. People can put their opinions on the Web rather than voice them on the street.

It may dilute effectiveness.

“In order to push, you know, politicians into doing stuff, you got to really make the news and you got to put some pressure on them, and I don't think these protests are doing that,” Edwards said.

It’s an ongoing challenge.

“You might get your message out if you become more passionate, but what message are you sending? Allen said.

Is it a mixed message?

“It's not black and white. It's not right and wrong,” Davies said. Opposition to the war and support for the troops have to coexist.

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  • maillarrym1 Mar 21, 2007

    Lyndon Johnson lied to me and my generation (Bay of Tonkin) just like Bush lied about WMD, "Yellow Brick", Bin-Laden/Hussein connection, etc. It has NOTHING to do with patriotism, freedom, terrorism or anything remotely similar; rather it has to do with "greed", "power", "selfishness" and many of the characteristics that define this administration and its hypocritical money hungry leader. People are doing "body counts" instead of questioning why oil companies are getting $100 billion a year worth of PROFITS and weighing the "lifelong impact" of mental or emotional difficulties of fighting an "unjust" war--even for those of US who have "survived" such wars! (WWI, WWII were JUSTIFIED, so is Afganistan); (I don't know about Korea)--But Vietnam and Iraq is nothing more than Political B.S.--meant to get greedy men "re-elected president"!

  • maillarrym1 Mar 21, 2007

    "Leftists like you don't want to 'see the coffins' in order to 'honor the troops'. Your goal is to wave the dead, like a proverbial finger, in peoples faces. How is waving the dead in peoples faces 'supporting the troops'? Your craven motivation is transparent to everyone. Your goal is to create shame and guilt. Parading the dead in front of the public in order to create shame is reprehensible and an act of utter moral cowardice."

    Stupid people like you are the reason we have had 6 years under this "sound-bite"; "photo-opt" stupid president. For your information (if you can read); I am a Vietnam Vet who was injured twice in "service" of my country. What about you? Bush? Rice? Rumsfield? Cheney? Have you ever been anywhere or faced the pains of war? Additionally my father did WWII; uncle not only served but earned every medal "except" the medal of honor in Korea and was captured 3 times (POW). My brother and I served in Vietnam and during that era. So go PUNK yourself.

  • huntleyperez Mar 20, 2007

    yea...like hot sauce...chips stuff you cant get there and alot of stuff is sent to them for the kids....since all your vast knowledge is 2nd and 3rd hand...why dont you go over there and find out.....if nothing else you might actually LEARN something instead of you diet of misinformation by those who agree with you.....as a long time military wife I can get you a discount flight..............hmmmmmmmm??????

  • Ripcord Mar 20, 2007

    mail_larrym1 said: "Where was "Support the troops" during the first 1 1/2 years when it was all but illegal to even honor or see the coffins coming back from Iraq?"

    Leftists like you don't want to 'see the coffins' in order to 'honor the troops'. Your goal is to wave the dead, like a proverbial finger, in peoples faces. How is waving the dead in peoples faces 'supporting the troops'? Your craven motivation is transparent to everyone. Your goal is to create shame and guilt. Parading the dead in front of the public in order to create shame is reprehensible and an act of utter moral cowardice.

  • Angry Grrl Mar 20, 2007

    Yes, I know that MREs are packed with calories. I also know that a friend who sends care packages to troops in Afghanistan has been asked, by the troops themselves, to SEND FOOD, because our government isn't providing them enough. Go figure...

  • Angry Grrl Mar 20, 2007

    Oh, shut up, RedStates"Boy".

  • Crumps Br0ther Mar 20, 2007

    What do they hippies know about the terrorists us "hawks" don't? From what I can tell a terrorist will kill anybody and everybody, so trying to understand and appease them isn't going to work. The peacenik will have to have his head pulled out of his butt before it gets chopped off.

  • cjandminnierule Mar 20, 2007

    You can only support the troops if you support the country!!!! Get with it Hippie!!

  • maillarrym1 Mar 20, 2007

    This whole, "SUPPORT THE TROOPS" B.S. is just another "spin" for Bushites. Where was "Support the troops" during the first 1 1/2 years when it was all but illegal to even honor or see the coffins coming back from Iraq? Where was "Support the troops" when Walter Reed Hospital (the bedrock show case foundation of our "support" beyond a PARADE)was being neglected and VA Medical Centers around the country having their budgets cut while escalating prices are being passed on to veterans? Where is "support the troops" when record number of veterans are "homeless" and some being beaten to death by teenagers and college students who think it is "cool" to beat homeless people that no one cares about? Yeah! Support the troops-BRING THEM HOME and let them protect our borders here! We could use that $1 trillion wasted on hanging one man (who we used to "politically" support!).

  • maillarrym1 Mar 20, 2007

    Bush's "spin"; our "photo opt" "sound bite" President has made everybody insane. First, if we are so MORAL as to invade a country for killing their own citizens; where were we while they were doing it? Regan and Bush were supporting Hussein then (1982)! Hussein only BECAME the enemy when he went into Kuwait after their oil fields--or so our "intelligence forces" tell us. Before that, he could have killed his people, Kurds, Iranians, etc. WE DID NOT CARE! We supported him with AWAC planes and chemicals. Where is Bin Laden? They are NOT the same people with the same DNA! Our troops are dying unnecessarily and for political reasons ONLY. But it is "beyond the dying" or body counts. The 24,000 plus injured and the mental anquish that these troops will suffer for years are not subject to measurement. BRING THEM HOME--or at least redeploy them to Afganistan and Pakistan where our mission should be!

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