Thursday, August 25, 2005

Code Pink Taunts Wounded Vets

Just when you thought the Left could not sink any lower, they start digging a deeper hole. Code Pink Women For Peace, in a vicious display of contempt for wounded veterans of Iraq, have set up weekly protests in front of Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, where seriously wounded soldiers from Iraq are treated. They protest at the main entrance on Friday nights, picked as the time more families visit their wounded family, to set up signs saying: "Maimed for Lies","Enlist here and die for Halliburton." They chant slogans: ""George Bush kills American soldiers." They set up mock coffins draped in the American flag.

The coffins disturb the wounded veterans the most. Kevin Pannell, a soldier in the US Army's First Cavalry Division, had both legs amputated after being ambushed with grenades near Baghdad last year: "We went by there one day and I drove by and [the anti-war protesters] had a bunch of flag-draped coffins laid out on the sidewalk. That, I thought, was probably the most distasteful thing I had ever seen. You know that 95 percent of the guys in the hospital bed lost guys whenever they got hurt and survivors' guilt is the worst thing you can deal with. We don't like them and we don't like the fact that they can hang their signs and stuff on the fence at Walter Reed. [The wounded veterans] are there to recuperate. Once they get out in the real world, then they can start seeing that stuff (anti-war protests). I mean Walter Reed is a sheltered environment and it needs to stay that way."

Bill Floyd, of the D.C. chapter of, is one of the conservative counter-protestors that oppose Code Pink's protest: "[The anti-war protesters] should not be demonstrating at a hospital. A hospital is not a suitable location for an anti-war demonstration. I believe they are tormenting our wounded soldiers and they should just leave them alone."

However, Code Pink protestors are unapologetic for the protests and absurdly claim that it helps the wounded vets.

The co-founder of Code Pink, Medea Benjamin, has a long history of supporting America's enemies, including the Viet Cong, the Sandinistas, the Taliban, Saddam's Iraq, and Fidel Castro. Under her direction, Code Pink works closely with Communist front organizations such as the Not In Our Name and ANSWER who oppose the US in everything.

The lefties have learned from Vietnam that spitting on soldiers does not advance their cause with the American public. They think they can pose as supporting the troops and fool everyone. However, their hatred for the military trips them up with protests like this where they can not stop themselves from going too far and showing their real feelings. And they have enough contempt for the American public to think that they can talk their way out of it with some empty rhetoric pretending to support the troops.


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