From the Army Times:
Recruiters leave college job fair
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — Military recruiters left a campus job fair when about 60 student and faculty anti-war demonstrators showed up outside the event at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Four recruiters from the Army and Army National Guard left after an hour-long standoff Tuesday at the College 8 West Field House.
“The recruiters thought the crowd was getting out of control,” campus vice chancellor David Kliger said.
“This is about creating a community where we make the change we want to see in the world,” student Sam
One student protester was arrested as the recruiters were departing in a van. While a campus police officer was videotaping a person throwing rocks at the van, a student blocked the camera and was cited for interfering with police duties, campus spokesman Jim Burns.
The student was released pending a decision by the district attorney’s office on whether charges would be filed.
“This is about creating a community where we make the change we want to see in the world,” student Sam Aranke said. OK, not enough drug busting going on at this campus or too much tinfoiling going on...
What world exactly does this child live in? Certainly not the real world where the Taliban and al-Queda exist... the people that would torture and behead him for voicing an opinion.
Certainly not the real world where Iran is developing nuclear weapons (please don't give me that crap about needing an alternate energy source for a country with the 3rd largest oil reserves in the world... puuuhleeze).
Certainly not the real world where countries like North Korea and Iran threaten their neighbors with military harm because their ideologies are not the same as their neighbors? Countries that have vowed to wipe other countries off the map? Countries that do not hesitate to interfere in the politics and dealings of the democratically elected government of neighboring countries?
Certainly not in a world where the likes of Saddam Hussein still exist. And then there's Bosnia... and Kosovo... and Darfur... I repeat, what world does this child and those people live in?
Can this idiot really believe that "his world" can exist without a strong and effective, well-trained military?? Just who (or is that whom?) does he think will protect and safeguard his right to assemble? His freedom of speech (you know, in this case, his right to be wrong!)? Who will stand and guard all his freedoms and his way of life? Certainly not little pantywaisted students throwing rocks (throwing rocks?? throwing rocks??) at people trying to do their jobs.
If these people -- including the supposedly well-educated professors -- object to the war, why aren't they out harrassing and picketing the elected members of Congress? And why do they believe that the exercise of their right to an opinion is greater than the rights of others expressing theirs, e.g., by speaking with the recruiters and joining the military, which, I might add, is an honest and honorable profession? The recruiters didn't invent the military or the need for one.
I have said before: these kind of people just need to get out of the way and let the recruiters do their jobs. There is no strongarming going on. We have an all volunteer military comprised of people who can see the larger picture and know that only in a utopian world can there be no need for the military. And unless you live in the world of these 60 protesters, that world does not yet exist.
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