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Desecration of KIA Memorial At "Camp Casey"
by Ward Reilly
August 16, 2005
Today, a Bush follower showed his true face and colors.
In the late 60's and early 70's, the Nixon regime went to great lengths to spread rumors and lies about the returning troops being spat-upon by protestors, claiming that the soldiers were treated like criminals when they returned from Viet Nam. Don Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney worked in that administration, remember?
Almost every one of those claims were discredited, and not a single case has been actually documented, but today the dishonoring of the KIA from Iraq has come full circle. The FBI would commonly stick agents among the protestors during the Viet Nam War, and that same method has been documented by the ACLU in several cases during this "anti-war" movement going on right now. But today it was a common republican thug doing the "spitting."
This morning, a crazed Bush-Cheney supporter ran over the crosses and stars that made up the "Arlington West" KIA monument at "Camp Casey", a non-partisan monument that had been built by war veterans to honor every soldier, sailor, and marine that has been killed in Iraq, and named after KIA soldier Casey Sheehan, a soldier who was told to his face that he would "never see war or combat because of his great army test scores." I'll bet that Casey and the others that died with him thought they were in combat.
Every one of those memorial markers had the name of a KIA troop on it, a soldier that has given his or her life for the very man that ran them over.
In this case the driver of the truck actually built an apparatus on his vehicle to insure maximum destruction to the shrine. A premeditated fact. Larry Northern of Waco, Texas stopped his truck, hooked a metal bar to a chain trailing behind his pickup truck, and proceeded to drive the length of the site, trying to destroy the memorial, which had taken several days for veterans to set up. He knocked down about 75% of the markers, and completely destroyed about 100 of the almost 2000 markers that had been meticulously placed.
War veterans quickly got back to work in the 100 degree sun to remake the memorial site
Ironically, it was one of the destroyed markers that was the downfall of the Bush supporter who was caught shortly after, as a broken marker punctured his tire, leading to his capture, and he was charged with destruction of property, a felony.
In my opinion, if this is not a hate crime, directed at veterans and anti-war citizens, I don't know what is, and that is what this neocon-lover should be charged with. He has spit on the troops coming home in the worst possible, and a most cowardly way.
This was no drunken teenager, rather it was a grown man who planned this destructive and disrespectful act. The "Camp Casey" memorial site should be
considered as nothing less than any other war memorial, and it reflects the complete reversal of what the republicans mantra was during Viet Nam, that
being that the anti-war crowd was disrespectful to our troops upon return.
Now who is being disrespectful, Mr. President and all you republican backers of this disaster in Iraq? One of your followers, that's who. This time we now have PROOF of who "spits on the troops."
I am happy to report that Arlington West's memorial will be in tip-top shape shortly, and eventhe rampant hate by the Bush crowd has not dampened the spirit at Camp Casey. In this case the act of hatred has had a reverse affect, that being that more people than ever are flocking to Crawford, Texas, and that "Camp Casey's" are popping up all over the nation, as are vigils in honor of our KIA soldiers. One woman showed up at the site, proclaiming that she did not support the anti-war folk, but that she was ashamed of the actions of her fellow war supporter.
A local landowner has now donated an acre of his property to make the lives of the anti-war folk even nicer than it has been, if that is possible, and
if you ever wanted to see what pure love looked like, just travel out to Crawford and be a part of "Camp Casey". Cindy Sheehan isn't going anywhere,
and a huge gathering of citizens trying to save our nation will not be denied.
I spent 4 days there, and I am heading back. It is unlike anything in United States history, and I will stand with all my fellow vets, squarely behind
Cindy and the KIA soldiers we are honoring.
Everyone is welcome here, and I feel sorry for anyone that doesn't get to be a part of "Camp Casey." Stop The War NOW, Mr. Bush. Bring our troops home NOW! Cease Fire, and we will see you in court Mr. Northern.
This time it is YOUR SIDE that is now proven to be spitting on the troops.
Photo of Ward Reilly and Dennis Kyne © 2005 Charles Jenks; photo taken at march against the war in Fayetteville, NC on March 19, 2005.
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