During last week's demonstration, the father of a young man came to ask questions of the recruiters. His son had sent him to get information and literature about enlisting. Fortunately, several of us were there to give him information the recruiters don't volunteer. There was a Viet Nam vet who told the man that the illustrious careers supposedly waiting for vets just don't exist. There were people with printed literature outlining some of the other bogus claims recruiters make. One of us told tales of rapes and murders of 14 year old girls and others, as well as torture. The man was very inquisitive, asking questions back and forth between the recruiters and the demonstrators. He seemed genuinely surprised by the information we gave him. The recruiters apparently felt outdone and they slunk back into the dark recesses of the recruiting office to plan more murder. Best of all, a young man may change his mind about joining the military.
Come show your support for peace and opposition to the wars and occupations in Afghanistan and Iraq each Tuesday evening from 5:30 to 6:30 at 1317 NE Broadway, Portland.