Saturday, March 01, 2008

Who you gonna call?

CodePink and other anti-war groups in Berkeley, CA have been picketing their local U.S. Marines recruiting station, trying to shut it down. (IIRC the local governing body also passed a proclamation or something declaring the recruiters uninvited, unwanted aliens, and setting aside a special parking space for the anti-war protesters in front of the recruiting office.) Naturally these protests have drawn counter-protests. And when the counter-protesters verbally engaged at close range, the CodePink people called for help in a most surprising fashion.

“While we were at the protest in Berkeley from 12 to 4 p.m., a white Volvo drove by and a man spat upon CodePink,” Kelley wrote in an email to MAF’s Melanie Morgan. “They chased him down the street and got into a verbal altercation. The police were NOWHERE in sight.

“That’s not the best part, ready for this?

“Medea Benjamin yelled and I quote “Marines!” She actually yelled for our help because this man had stepped out of his car. I even asked her if she was yelling Police and she told me, “I said Marines” then put her arm around my friend Allen (the Marine Vet). Ironic?”

Now the record shows that in spite of the slogans and chants delivered in high-pitched screams, when Medea Benjamin wants to put the enemy on the run, she yells for the same relief called upon by the citizens of many trouble spots in the world: America’s brave Marines.

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