Sgt. 1st Class Jeff Due, right, a U.S. Army recruiter, is surrounded by protesters at Seattle Central Community College, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2005, in Seattle. After about a 10-minute standoff during which protesters tore up U.S Army literature, the protesters were successful in getting Due and another recruiter to leave their table under escort by campus security officers. Several hundred students walked out of classes at several Seattle colleges and universities to protest the inauguration of President Bush.
[Via The Meadering Mind of a Seminarian]
This type of conduct is just revolting and just shows that many in the left has not learned anything from their despicable treatment of Vietnam vets. If you firmly believe that the Iraq War is wrong then make your arguments for the case and get involved in peaceful demonstrations. But to go after military recruiters as your protest against the war is just plain wrong. I spent some time as a military recruiter in Puyallup, Wa and I am familiar with anti-military sentiment in Washington state. I had the tires of my government vehicle slashed while I was inside a high school. Dealing with school officials and counselors was extremely difficult since many didn’t want you to be their on the campus in the first place. This manifested itself in stall tactics from receiving school rosters to scheduling time to meetings kids at the school. It was hard not to mistake the hostile glares we received while wearing our uniforms in the schools. Our recruiting station was in a small office building and the contract stipulated that we could not advertise the presence of the Army/Navy recruiting office on the main sign next to the road. The left is often bringing up the Vietnam comparison and they are exactly right in that again those who serve our country are being treated with disrespect.
My favorite story of military protest occurred while my ship was making a port visit in Vancouver, British Columbia. We had Green Peace protesting the presence of the U.S. Military. I was waiting in the liberty line to go ashore and we watched the Green Peace protesters in their rubber rafts trying to approach the ship. The seas were fairly rough and it tossed about their boat. I watched as first one protester got sea sick and start to vomit to seeing a chain reaction of vomiting Green Peacers. We were laughing and cheering this display on the ship. We had some teams with fire hoses ready to use them to repel them if they attempted to approach the ship. I think they needed us to fire off those hoses to clean them up.