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September 1, 2005
"Stop The Worship Of The Gods Of War!"

What kind of protest would feature the above exhortation? Has an outbreak of sacrifice to the ancient Greek gods of Apollo and Mars occurred in the heartland of America? Not exactly, no. Anti-war groups are using this as a rallying cry to converge on Naval Air Station Brunswick in Maine on the day before the anniversary of 9/11 to protest a free air show by the Blue Angels, the Navy's crack aviator squadron (via The Corner):

On Sat., Sept. 10th, Maine Veterans for Peace will be joined by other major peace and justice groups (see list of co-sponsors below) in a massive protest: . to protest the false god idolatry of the Blue Angels Air Show, whose "ooh-&-aah"performances have one purpose: to promote badly-lagging military recruitment to protest the obscene waste of American tax dollars to stage these Blue Angels' multi-million dollar extravaganzas . to protest Bush's immoral, monomaniacal Iraq war -- nearly 1,900 U.S. and 100,000 Iraqi civilians dead, at a cost of over $300 billion, and still counting . to protest NASB's complicity with the war machine, providing surveillance aircraftto target ground forces, which in the end cause horrendous "collateral damage" . to challenge NASB to convert to peaceful purposes, creating good-paying high-tech/industrial jobs, making products that improve lives, not end them

Guess who will provide one of the keynote speeches for this event? None other than Cindy Sheehan as a spokesperson for Gold Star Families for Peace. Apparently just the mere viewing of aerial acrobatics deludes our nation's young men and women into thinking that the military might make a good place for them to work and gather resources for later education, or (heaven forfend!) that volunteering for the nation's defense would be an honorable and productive choice for themselves. No, the VFP and other peace groups insist, the true motive behind those impulses is a "worship" of weapons and death, and they're going to make sure that no one gets a choice to serve their country.

The ridiculous hyperbole and pomposity of the Left never ceases to amaze. They seem blissfully unaware that they have transformed themselves into a parody of the Sixties, a decade very few of us view with any fondness at all. They couldn't choose worse timing than this, either. Not only will their protest come on the day prior to a massive remembrance of an event that demonstrated the need for a strong military, but the ongoing disaster in New Orleans and their ire over a harmless aerobatic show makes them appear even smaller and more petty than ever before.

If Sheehan and her newfound allies had not jumped the shark before now, this effort puts them well past Jaws and possibly into Orca-like standing.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at September 1, 2005 6:48 AM

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