- The Washington Times - Friday, September 14, 2007

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Tomorrow’s antiwar protest on the National Mall is going to be so big, it’s gotten notorious activist Cindy Sheehan to come out of “retirement.” The nutty left-wing organization Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER) has coordinated a rally at the White House, followed by a march to the Capitol and a “die-in,” where 1,000 people are expected to lie down in front of the U.S. Capitol to symbolize the soldiers and Iraqis who have died in the war in Iraq. It is a tasteless and offensive PR stunt.

It’s no secret that ANSWER supporters are among the most radical fringe of the antiwar movement. An ANSWER founder is Ramsey Clark, a former U.S. Attorney General, a member of the Communist World Worker’s Party and one of Saddam Hussein’s defense attorneys. And we can’t forget Mrs. Sheehan, from CodePink, who referred to terrorists as “freedom fighters.” ANSWER’s Web site is plastered with ads for Che Guevara shirts and urges readers that “protesting is not enough.” Indeed, the movement is lurching toward civil disobedience, since they can’t seem to drum up enough support for their cause among mainstream Americans.

Those Americans who support the war against terrorism and believe in the mission in Iraq will be out in numbers tomorrow as well. A counter-protest and demonstration coordinated by the Gathering of Eagles, the Free Republic and Families Unite for our Troops and their Mission, among others, will be the voice of the men and women fighting for our freedom and our rights.

Merrilee Carlson is the president of Families Unite for our Troops and their Mission. She’s also a gold-star mother whose son, Army Sgt. Michael Carlson, was killed Jan. 24, 2005, in Iraq when his Bradley Fighting Vehicle rolled into a canal. Sgt. Carlson, who was affectionately known as “Sgt. Shrek” for his likeness to the green ogre, dove into the water to open the vehicle’s rear hatch so that rescuers could get to his fellow soldiers. Mrs. Carlson said that her son knowingly gave his life to save his men.

But it’s not just her son who’s a hero, says Mrs. Carlson. It’s every single man and woman in uniform. She says that Sgt. Carlson “believed firmly” in his mission in Iraq, as do most of his comrades. What really hurts, she says, is when the American people don’t stand by our soldiers. “Michael was just the typical American soldier,” she said “and God bless America for having men and women like him.” Indeed.

We embrace the right that each and every American has to stand in front of the Capitol and protest, no matter what the issue. But mocking death is disgraceful.

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