Less than three weeks after the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., anti-war demonstrators were marching in our streets, expressing their disapproval at how the U.S. government is responding to the attacks. They object to military force and chant, "No more killing, no more war, no more violence anymore." They carry signs stating, "Justice not revenge." They adorn themselves in 1960s hippie-style garb, complete with bandannas and peace signs.
In Washington, a lone counterdemonstrator drew angry words from these peace-loving individuals. Their combative responses seem hypocritical to me. Many of these anti-war advocates are merely Generation Xers searching for an identity and using this terrible tragedy as an opportunity for self-recognition. Peace-loving fundamentalists? Give me a break!
It seems that every time a military response is warranted for this country, a small faction of unrealistic goody-goods prove their ignorance by voicing their opinion.
Wake up, people. We are under attack! The teachings of Mahatma Gandhi will not apply. Passive resistance has its place, but not here and definitely not now.
Looking for viable avenues to sell their print, the media capitalize on controversy. Take, for example, a recent photo of the anti-war demonstrators marching in Washington. I found this appalling. Yet my neighbor might find it refreshing. These types of co- existing differences help to define America.
Our nation was founded on the principle of right vs. wrong. Our forefathers saw to it to protect it at all costs. This included the sometimes necessary declaration of war. Let us not lose sight of the obvious in these complicated days.
Unlike Dr. Seuss' "How The Grinch Stole Christmas," the terrorists will not have a change of heart and we certainly don't live in Whoville.
KEVIN J. MCCOY