Tuesday, March 11, 2003

I've been told I'm not really plucky

Perhaps things like the wanton destruction of a memorial by "Antiwar protesters" are contributing to my increasing bitterness?

Antiwar protesters burned and ripped up flags, flowers and patriotic signs at a Sept. 11 memorial that residents erected on a fence along Whittier Boulevard days after the terrorist attacks in 2001 and have maintained ever since.

A few things about this story piss me off. First, and most obviously, if you want to decry the position taken by a memorial, fine. Don't destroy it. Build a bigger, better display of your own next to it. Second, and more subtle, the fact that this article calls these vandals "antiwar protesters" does disservice to actual anti war protesters everywhere. It perpetuates the sterotype of people who are against our pending war as pointless and misguided. They were probably stupid teenagers. Call them that.

Via Red Letter Day.

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