After several rallies downtown that were mostly peaceful, i am heartened by the resolve of the anti-war community to stand up to President Bush and his illegal actions in Iraq. However, i must plead with some fringe elements to keep their thoughts on the War, not on themselves. A quick read of this site shows many stories that are focused on alleged 'brutality' committed by cops against protesters, and many stories that trumpet actions by people that show no purpose except to brag about social rebellion. It seems as if there is a crowd of people who are intent on fighting a battle that they can wear as a badge of honor, regardless of whether or not it is productive to an anti-war agenda. There have been stories that completely ignore the atrocities that are being committed upon the Iraqi people by the US forces, and the stories completely ignore that Bush has sent fellow Americans to their deaths in Iraq for a war we don't need. It seems that some people here are more concerned with attention being on themselves and their percieved ill-treatment at the hands of police, ignoring the larger issue at hand. Please remember these things when you post stories:
1. Iraqi civilians are the real victims of war, not protesters who get harrassed or arrested.
2. American youth are being sentenced to fight an unjust war. These people are our relatives, friends, classmates, and neighbors. Ignoring them, or unfairly labeling them as 'murderers' cheapens their sacrifice and bad luck.
3. Even if you are arrested unjustly and roughed up by police, you have a constitutional right to a fair and open trial, where you will be heard. If you are hurt, you can take proper recourse to legally contest the actions of the police. Iraqis have no such rights, and you should consider yourself lucky that you do.
4. By focusing attention upon yourself and complaining that you were 'brutalized' , you distract attention from real problems and you irritate those who know what true oppression is like.
those of you who actually think that being arrested is a more severe violation of rights than those of Iraqis who are tortured by their government and killed by ours have a very selfish worldview. Think of your fellow humans before you childishly attempt to claim that you are being oppressed.