When Iraq war veterans arrived at West Seattle High School to participate in what was supposed to be a balanced forum, they saw an anti-war theatrical rehearsing on stage. Over the loudspeaker, a voice proclaimed, “Americans are killing my family!”
When the vets complained, the principal canceled the performance, saying nobody on staff had realized its content was one-sided.

Sound Politics links to a letter from a Marine who took offense to the military being portrayed as “indiscriminate killers.”

At a podium, children were reading a monologue of how U.S. troops were killing civilians and shooting at women and children. Moreover, several grown adults were standing on stage in bright orange jump-suits, with black bags on and off their heads, some bound and tied, and some banging symbols and gongs in a crude depiction of what I believe were their efforts to depict victims of the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse episode.

Within the auditorium, numerous adults appeared to have been supervising this behavior . . . Who are these grown adults dressed as prisoners and performing such antics on the stage of our public schools?

On the plus side, the forum really was balanced and students listened respectfully to both sides.

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  1. Walter E. Wallis says:

    As the last few advocates of “Better Red than Dead,” the compromise with evil folk, see their world view demonstrated wrong, we can expect their protests to rise to a new level of shrill.

  2. Just a little reality check here — a cousin of mine who has been to Iraq twice in the past two years said the single most frustrating thing he encountered was NOT being able to return fire for fear of hurting civilians. That is to say, they were not allowed to defend themselves if civilians might get caught in the cross-fire.

    He is in logistics and he said even when his convoy took heavy fire from an area where civilians might be, they were ordered to lay low and take the incoming fire.

    If we indiscriminately blew the crap out of every area that fired on us, I suspect we’d have a lot fewer casualties (on our side, that is.) As for targeting civilians, I thought that’s what the homicide bombers do…Of course, I am sure the staff at the High School was careful to include “martyrs” in their play. As heros, of course…