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Peace thugs attack an Iraq war veteran...

... and his family (emphasis mine).

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


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Comments (20)

Rant>OnWhen the jack... (Below threshold)
Anthro03:

Rant>On
When the jackbooted thugs come to silence you will you stand against them or meekly bow your head and walk away? When will people stand against these fascists who seek to restrict the civil discourse of the people? When will the leaders of the Parties take common cause against the Nazi's who seek to strangle Democracy in the cradle? Who got the MutherFKing Balls to stand athwart History and say "Not this time Assh)les? Take your National Socialist Workers party back to Europe!"
Rant>off


"A man has a right to unrestricted liberty of discussion. Falsehood is a scorpion that will sting itself to death. -- Percy Bysshe Shelley, A Declaration of Rights",

"A man who cannot reason is a fool, a man who will not reason is a bigot, and a man who dare not reason is a slave. -- William Drummond",


Thank you, I feel much better now...

The article stated "Display... (Below threshold)
Wayne:

The article stated "Displaying a craven cowardice one would not have expected in Middle America".
Don't mean to nitpick but Pennsylvania is not by any means Middle America. It is an Eastern State. This stuff happening in a large city wouldn't surprise me but it wouldn't be tolerated in many of the smaller towns.
The peace lovers' actions were disgusting and unfortunately it is nothing new. It is the typical hypocrisy on their side. I talk to would bee peace lovers in Seattle, LA and other places and their rules go pretty much as follow.
1. There should be no violence unless we do it.
2. Everyone needs to tolerate our opinions and lifestyle but we won't tolerate yours.
3. Everyone has the right to say anything as long as we agree with it.
4. I can prejudge a group but you can't unless we agree with it.
5. Our side can lie but yours can't

The list goes on but I think I made my point.

I'd like to see some confir... (Below threshold)
Eric:

I'd like to see some confirmation of this incident. Just the other day a lot of people got their panties in a wad about some girl forcing miscarriages on herself for an art project that turned out to be a hoax. And a couple months ago there was some kid who claimed he was beat up because he was a conservative, and that was a hoax too.

I'm not claiming that this didn't happen nor am I excusing anyone. Because if this did happen then these "peace" fascists need to be prosecuted to the furthest extent of the law.

My point is that I think we need to show some restraint about getting outraged about outrageous stories until it is clear that they aren't hoaxes.

EricI agree. Suppose... (Below threshold)
Wayne:

Eric
I agree. Supposedly there is video for at least part of it and hopefully it will be released if it exist. Videos don't always exist for many events although now days it is much more common. There have been many videos of other peace protestors not acting peacefully.

Sounds like it's time to br... (Below threshold)
GarandFan Author Profile Page:

Sounds like it's time to bring a baseball bat when you go out. Never know when you might find a quick pick-up game right after the protest. ;o)

You want confirmation? Do ... (Below threshold)
Rusty:

You want confirmation? Do some keyboard work and E-mail the Edinboro town council. I did. It's bonafide.

The abject hatred harbored ... (Below threshold)
Rusty:

The abject hatred harbored by the left in this country is only sirpassed by the violence they are now perpetrating on innocent people. Thes "peace Nazis" need THUMPED, and thumped hard.

Time for the right to get s... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Time for the right to get some type of mental illness to match the BDS on the left and then let the killing begin.

This same family of "counte... (Below threshold)
edinboro:

This same family of "counter protesters" confronted some senior citizen's during a vigil in nearby Conneaut Lake, Pa. This "families" actions are well documented on Utube. They are clan of right wing nut jobs to the extreme. Do not believe everything they tell us. They are known liars, and they love to bring attention to themselves. Be Careful of what they are about people.

OK Edinboro, now we underst... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

OK Edinboro, now we understand. Being "known liars" it's a wonder the peace-loving protestors didn't use baseball bats on them. After all, they're a bunch of "right wing nutjobs".

I guess we now know alot more about certain residents of Edinboro.....

I'm just waiting on the civ... (Below threshold)

I'm just waiting on the civil war... I honestly think its coming soon...

Baseball bat hell, this OIF... (Below threshold)
Mike:

Baseball bat hell, this OIF vet carries a 1911. DO NOT attack my wife or children. Ever.

Based on the usual responses to this sort of thing, yes, I do know how that would likely play out. Regardless, I will not allow this sort of thing to happen to my family.

I endured this crap once be... (Below threshold)
irongrampa:

I endured this crap once before, and now I say not THIS war, not THIS military, NOT THIS TIME.

Yes the time is fast approa... (Below threshold)
Knightbrigade:

Yes the time is fast approaching.....

LEFT vs RIGHT the contact sport, coming to a protest near you....or private individual chats with the most gross offenders, who knows.

Trust me conservative team, if going to play in the "game", you DON'T want ANY coverage on GOOFtube...trust me.

I learned a long time ago t... (Below threshold)
epador:

I learned a long time ago to stay away from protests with crowds. People in groups get violent and hurt other people. I experienced rioting black teenagers attack a bus I was riding in (in the back) in the late sixties in DC, did a quick turn around in Philly and just missed getting locked in a police van for four hours when Nixon came to Independence Hall (eventually the folks who did get locked up received a settlement from the City, dam, missed some easy money there), and have patched up too many folks caught in altercations at various rallies or college parties to think otherwise.

Its a sad but true statement that the Gathering of Eagles folks in NW PA were asking for trouble by allowing their son to cross the street to get up close and personal video taping the protesters. They were college students and professors. In a group. Think rabid toy dogs. Small and relatively ineffectual, but they can do serious damage when provoked. They have no IQ and no mercy, though they tend to be very cowardly. While not professional, I can see why the police were a little miffed at the GOE folks. If they'd stayed on their side of the street, there would have been no altercation.

I agree with epador. Peopl... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

I agree with epador. People as individuals can be reasoned with, and failing that, avoided. In a mob those same people become something different. Man is still a pack animal when he allows himself to be.

Watch the videos from 'jncs... (Below threshold)
not buying it:

Watch the videos from 'jncs 1991' on You Tube to see the antics of these "patriots". They stalk senior citizens and veterans in a disgusting fashion hoping to provoke a response. Thugs indeed.

Just wait until August in D... (Below threshold)
Roy:

Just wait until August in Denver

...what a field day for the heat, two million wackos in the street...

A man heckling Fi... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:
A man heckling First Lady Laura Bush and daughter Jenna outside the 92nd Street Y was arrested after he punched a wheelchair-bound girl whose parents had told him to shut up, authorities said Wednesday.
www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,352498,00.html
I don't think people unders... (Below threshold)
Haggy:

I don't think people understand the whole story behind this situation. First, the child that cross the street with his video camera was not only video taping he was also making rude comments to the students. When they asked him to leave he refused and continued to exasperate the situation. I believe it was the parents fault for letting their child bother other people. Even though it is your right to video tape in public, it is also your right to respect another person personal belongings. Therefore if they asked you nicely to not video tape their property then you are here by law to obi by their wishes and anything opposite of that is viewed as harassment, and is treated as such.
I kept it moving after witnessing that and went about my day. But the more I see this story being view by only one side the more I think this is for justice or keeping the peace. This is for flat out hatred. I saw both the videos and the Bill O'Rally show and the news. So trust me I think I have my sources covered, and I think that before everyone should pass judgment take a look at both videos then judge.




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