Jane Fonda School of "Effective Protest"
Not much new news on the submarine front today, so I thought I'd discuss something that's been bothering me for quite a while: the apparent belief among the anti-American left that one cannot effectively protest American policy/culture/existance without actively supporting the other side. We saw this first and most famously when Jane Fonda felt the need to go to North Vietnam and make propaganda appearances for them during the Vietnam War. We've seen this continue through the Global War on Terror, whether in Afghanistan or the Iraqi theater. Ignoring complete moonbats like Ramsey Clark and Noam Chomsky, the need to actively support our enemies is alive and well in many corners of America. An example I found today comes from Sterling Johnson, political science professor at Central Michigan University. In this article, Johnson describes the terrorists fighting Coalition Forces in Iraq as "freedom fighters":
"Sterling Johnson, political science professor, said he hesitates to even use the term “elections” for the new Iraqi government.
“Elections have to be planned and of course not even the war was adequately planned, which is why it’s hard to conceive of the Iraqi elections being planned,” he said.
"The upcoming elections are largely based on the myth that the United States can export democracy, Johnson said. He said that has about as little credence as the old Soviet belief that they could export revolution.
“Major Iraqi candidates are of question of legitimacy in the eyes of their own people. I think they’re largely seen as Western stooges,” he said. “This is why their freedom fighters are resistant because they’re doing all they can to preclude a peaceful polling process.”
Of course, it appears that Johnson is only taking the lead of one of the left's favorite moonbats, Michael Moore, who described the terrorists as "Minutemen" last year.
I for one do not have a problem with Americans objecting to their government's policies. However, in this new world, where the only method our enemies have of winning the war is to have their allies get us to quit fighting (as I discussed in the comments section of this post), I do have a problem with the frequent lionization heaped on these protestors by the press. Should we outlaw such press coverage? No, clearly we can't. The only method we have of protesting these protestors is to vote with our wallets and remote controls.
Update 1447 25 Jan: Greyhawk at Mudville Gazette lets moonbat Ramsey Clark mock himself with his own words.