Sunday, March 11, 2007


The “Peace” Brigade vs. the Stryker Brigade
Posted: 07 Mar 2007 12:12 PM CST
By Michelle MalkinOriginally published at

Last week, I wrote about the Gathering of Eagles ( — veterans, active-duty troops, bikers, activists and ordinary citizens coming to Washington, D.C., on March 17 to hold a counter-protest against tens of thousands of anti-war extremists demanding immediate withdrawal of our troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.

In Washington state this week, the peace brigade held a dress rehearsal at the Port of Tacoma — where they showed support for our troops by taunting the Stryker Brigade and local police guarding against obstruction of the convoys headed to Iraq. More than 300 Stryker vehicles and other equipment are being moved from Fort Lewis to Iraq in support of the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division’s upcoming deployment as part of the ongoing “surge” and counterinsurgency efforts. The Strykers are equipped with slat armor to protect the troops from rocket-propelled grenades.

Yes, the same ilk that purport to care so much about the troops not having enough armor and protection stood and jeered at those deploying to bring more protection to their fellow soldiers in Iraq.

Such patriots, aren’t they?

Members of the anti-military mob shouted condescendingly at our volunteer soldiers rolling past them: “Free the troops!” “No justice, no peace!” “You don’t have to go!” One lunatic with a bullhorn urged Stryker Brigade members to disobey their commanding officers and sneered: “Your sergeant is a douchebag!”

Such patriots, aren’t they?

These same bullies staged obstructionist protests at the Port of Olympia in Washington last year — blocking gates to prevent convoys from passing and attempting to tear down fencing following the arrival of a large military ship bound for Iraq. In April 2003, “peace” protesters waged similar attacks in Oakland, Calif., where they attempted to shut down a port involved in shipping military supplies to soldiers. The Bay Area anti-war brigade set out deliberately and specifically to prevent private businesses from fulfilling their federal contracts with the Department of Defense and U.S. Agency for International Development related to the war and post-war reconstruction in Iraq.

Such patriots, aren’t they?

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