The speakers had just finished lamenting recent acts of vandalism at military recruiting centers and had opened the floor to questions at the National Press Club when peace activist Tighe Barry jumped up, took off his shirt and revealed the pink military tunic he was wearing underneath.
"This is what I think of the Marine Corps!" he yelled. "The Marine Corps needs to be the peace corps!"
Incensed, Kevin L. Martin rushed to the microphone. "Let me tell you something, dammit!" he hollered. "I'm a Navy veteran of seven years, and . . . you are a joke, sir! Please step the hell out of the building!"
The face-off yesterday between the pro-troops group and the antiwar group Code Pink was a preview of a series of demonstrations and counter-demonstrations that are scheduled in and around Washington over the next few days.
Groups supporting the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, including Move America Forward, a Gathering of Eagles, and Free Republic, plan a rally at 11 a.m. today at the Washington Monument, followed by a 1 p.m. march along Constitution Avenue.
Antiwar groups plan an extensive series of events, including marches, protests and blockades, across the city Wednesday to mark the fifth anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq.
The protesters, headed by the umbrella group United For Peace and Justice, plan, among other things, a morning demonstration at the Internal Revenue Service at 12th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, disruptions along K Street NW and a 10 a.m. march on the Mall.
They plan roving activities throughout the day, as well as a procession from Arlington Cemetery to Washington, and demonstrations at the White House and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Other events have been scheduled in the days in between, and each side is likely to shadow the other's actions.
I love the way the WaPO reports this (and quotes mostly antiwar activists, despite their title...) as if the activities were commensurate--instead of the protestor's traitorous moves against this great country that they are. The last line of the article was really a hoot! LOL!