For the second time in as many weeks, an Iraq War Veteran and his family held a Support the Troops rally across the street from the weekly "peace" protest in this college town. This week the true nature of the ‘peace’ activists was revealed for all to see. When the veteran’s 14 year old son crossed the street to videotape the protesters and their signs, the protesters became agitated and began harassing the boy. The right to record video in any public venue is long established in law and any attempt to interfere with that right is a violation of civil rights.
Seeing the escalating tension across the street, the veteran and his wife crossed over, leaving their three youngest children on the other side for safety while they went to retrieve their eldest son. Two of the female ‘peace’ protesters then attacked the veteran’s wife. When the veteran pulled one of those attackers off his wife he was jumped by four or five of the ‘peace’ people and knocked to the ground where they held him while beating him and smashing his eyeglasses.
The son pulled the remaining attacker off his mother, but the attacker managed to get in one last kick to his mother’s head with her boot. She then punched the son in his face while his mother called the police.
This all took place at a busy intersection, the mother had been knocked into the street in bumper to bumper traffic. People were visible in the windows of shops and a bar nearby. One might think someone would intervene to put a stop to the assault. One would be wrong. In a scene eerily reminiscent of the Kitty Genovese tragedy in New York, the bystanders and passers-by refused to stand up to the ‘peace’ thugs. Displaying a craven cowardice one would not have expected in middle America they would rather go on their way thankful that it was not them being assaulted. It was NOT them, today, but what about tomorrow?
When the police arrived they reviewed the video of the incident and then, astonishingly, refused to make any arrests, even when one of the ‘peace’ thugs spit in the face of on the 14 year old boy right in front of the police and they did nothing! Officers, that is an assault! I don’t know where or how they train police in Edinboro but they obviously need some refresher courses!
One of the police was very aggressive toward the veteran and his family as if they were the attackers!
Can you sink any lower? Is it possible?
It's bad enough -- horrible enough -- to attack a war veteran. But to attack his wife? His child? And all because the fourteen-year-old boy was videotaping their protest.
Sickening. There aren't really any words bad enough to describe the kinds of people who would do something like this.
Sadly, this kind of behavior has become so widespread that a website has been set up to document this attacks, named appropriately enough Peace Thugs. You can also see the extreme intolerance the "peace movement" practices. They don't want people with opposing viewpoints to be able to express them at all -- disagree with the "peace" activists, and suffer the consequences.
These people don't support our military. They don't want our troops home safe. They hate our soldiers and this is why you see recruiting offices attacked and vandalized, veterans cursed at and spat on, and in more and more cases, are physically assaulted.
And most Americans don't even know it's going on.
Our troops are the best and brightest among us. They make incredible sacrifices and take extreme risks to protect us and our rights. They shouldn't be coming home in fear of what they will have to face. We should be standing behind them -- and shunning people who pull these kinds of stunts. Our troops should know, without a shadow of a doubt, that all decent Americans are behind them. It's our responsibility to do that -- and it's the least we can do.
Hat Tip: Gateway Pundit