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Tuesday the 16th of August 2005

10:28 AM

Freedom Walk on September 11, 2005

Register to Walk September 11, 2005

I'm flabbergasted to read that left wing anti-war, anti-Bush groups oppose this Freedom Walk because it "cannot help but have an impact on public opinion about the Iraq War."

 

UPDATE ... Thanks Moonbattery

WaPo Pulls Plug on Support for 9/11 Memorial Event

By Van Helsing

Bowing to pressure from left-wing extremists Operation Ceasefire and International ANSWER, The Washington Post has withdrawn its support for an event organized by the Defense Department to memorialize the victims of 9/11, on the grounds that the event could have a "pro-war slant."

Rick Ehrmann, a local representative for the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild, was pleased with the decision. "In this case The Post was sponsoring the Pentagon's Freedom Walk, which ties the attack on Sept. 11 to the Iraq war, and of course, The Post's reporters have proven ... that there is no connection between the two, that that link is false."

That's right, according to someone who makes his living in the news industry, it is a proven fact that there is no connection between 9/11 and the war in Iraq. It would be equally logical to say there was no connection between Pearl Harbor and the war against Hitler, and therefore no event to commemorate the victims of Pearl Harbor should be supported, on the grounds that someone there might be in favor of D-Day. Leftists in the news media have raised selective stupidity to an art form.

But how do they know the folks at the Freedom Walk support the war in Iraq?

Allison Barber, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Internal Communications and Public Liaison, had this to say about the Freedom Walk, as quoted in the Western Star:

This is not a statement about the war in Iraq or about any policy decisions. This is a statement about, "We remember we came under attack, and we're grateful for our men and women in the military who volunteer to serve our country."

So there you have it, they actually admit to supporting the military. But that's not the smoking gun. What really outraged the Left is that Clint Black is going to be giving a free concert at the end of the march. Not only is Black a country singer, his song "Iraq and Roll" explicitly supports our troops fighting in Iraq.

Naturally the Washington Post could have no association with an event that in turn is in any way associated with a man like Clint Black.

As Post spokesman Eric Grant puts it, "It is the Post's practice to avoid activities that might lead readers to question the objectivity of the Post's news coverage."

The word objectivity must have felt awfully strange coming out of his mouth. Is Grant worried that someone might suspect the Post of siding with their own country against al Qaeda?

Cross-posted at The Wide Awakes.

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America Supports You: 'Angels in Iraq' Provide Comfort Items

Washington, Aug 16, 2005 - When the founders of "Angels of Mercy" heard that wounded, injured and sick servicemembers being treated in combat support hospitals in Iraq needed health and comfort items, they created "Angels in Iraq." They sprang into action and launched a nationwide American Legion campaign to let legionnaires and auxiliary members know how they could help America's heroes. Read more ...

74 total comments.

Posted by wendy miller:

I think that the US should STOP killing innocent civilians, but not pull out. And I don't understand, if America is saying that they are for the Iraqi people and want them "liberated" then why do they call them the enemy?
Tuesday the 16th of August 2005 @ 5:57 PM

Posted by Mauser*Girl:

I think the Freedom Walk is a nice idea to show support for the troops and remember the victims of 9/11. I registered in good hopes that I will be able to actually make it.

I think Wendy's comments are those of someone who has never faced an enemy. You have to understand that "innocent civilians" are often used as shields by insurgents, and that even an 8 year old boy with an AK47 is not a little kid but a combatant.
Wednesday the 17th of August 2005 @ 10:36 PM

Posted by Randy Case:

The walk would be fine. But as someone who survived the 9/11 attacks, I find the country music hoe-down on 9/11 in absolutely horrid taste.

This is a solemn occasion. Would a rap concert at the Tomb of the Unknowns on Memorial Day be appropriate?

It also confuses the War on Terror with the Iraq War. They are two different things fought for very different reasons.
Thursday the 18th of August 2005 @ 10:41 AM

Posted by The Squiggler a.k.a Sara:

That's why it is called "Freedom Walk" not "Walk of Domb & Gloom." The idea is to celebrate Freedom.
Thursday the 18th of August 2005 @ 2:10 PM