So, what is the world up to today?
Protests about the Anti-War, Anti-Marine-Recruiter statements made by the City of Berkeley have set off more protests.
Pro-Marine-Recruiter protests have ignited more Anti-War protests.
Everyone has to protest the protesters who are protesting against everyone else.
Does anyone really believe that Berkeley, California, which is probably the most liberal city in America, could do anything but this?
They don't like military recruiters in their midst because they do not support the War in Iraq.
At this point, who does support the War?
And no. I don't mean who supports getting it over as quickly as is reasonable and getting our kids out of that hell-hole, but who still really supports invading Iraq for the reasons we were all told we had to do it?
Who still thinks it was a good idea, as presented?
I will tell you who:
George W. Bush
Lynn Cheney (probably)
3 more guys at the Pentagon
A dimwit at the State Department
Mao Tse Tung
The Third Reich
The Khmer Rouge
The Red Army Faction
Those who think it was a very bad idea:
Barbara Bush (both of them)
George H. W. Bush
So why is anyone surprised that Berkeley is finally sounding the call to stand up and shout about this?
The only surprising thing is that it did not happen earlier.
And Berkeley is only saying what almost all of us actually feel:
Why are we sending our young people over there?
What is the purpose, except to try to clean up the current Administration's giant mess?
These kids don't deserve to be shipped to the quagmire, to endure such great chances of getting severely wounded, physically or mentally or both.
A good point to be made is that they are volunteering.
Okay, if those kids really want to volunteer, I have every confidence that they can find their government in the phone book.
The Marines, Army, Air Force and Navy are all listed.
It is not that hard to track them down if you really want to talk.
So why do we even need Military Recruiting offices?
Because not enough people are calling up the government and saying they are ready to enlist.
THEY HAVE TO BE TALKED INTO IT.
THEY HAVE TO BE CONVINCED.
THEY HAVE TO BE SOLD.
And Berkeley just doesn't want to be part of that sale if they can avoid it.
Would those who are protesting the Berkeley City Council's stand like to show that they are willing to act on their beliefs?
If so, then this is what they need to do:
GO WORK IN RECRUITING OFFICES, AND CONVINCE KIDS TO GO TO IRAQ.
If one really believes Berkeley is wrong,
SELL THOSE KIDS ON WAR, AND SHIP THEM OFF YOURSELVES!
Live with the action to back your convictions.
Protesting the City Council is easy.
Sending a kid off to the desert is much more difficult.
Look in their eyes, tell them it is the right thing to do, and wonder how they will return...
But then, this only works on those who think through the consequences of their actions. And on those who have a conscience.
So it's clearly not for everyone.