It’s sometimes reassuring that the Herald can always manage to fall a bit further or stoop a bit lower. I occasionally say to myself that we have hit rock bottom, but then the Herald is there with an article like this to reassure me that we have not. What a blessing they can be at times.
The Bellingham Herald / Opinion / Students must be part of war dialogue
In March, the Iraq War will enter its fifth year. It is scary to consider how much longer it could last. Even scarier, is the monolithic War on Terror, craftily devised by former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to be self-perpetuating theater. With unending U.S.- led wars on the horizon, the military will need a mechanism in place to ensure its supply of fodder.
What will hasten the academic environment to act with urgency in addressing these critical concerns? Will it take a reinstatement of the draft? I hope not.
Marie Marchand is executive director of Whatcom Peace & Justice Center.
Must students be part of the dialogue? Perhaps we should all dialog? But, first we must all lean back in awe over the French spelling of “dialogue” that the Herald used. How international and progressive they are…oooh…ahhhh. Dialog requires more than one view. Indoctrination requires only one view and the printed dissemination of that one view is commonly referred to as propaganda.
So it is not necessarily the content of the article that alarms me, but rather the continued unchecked relationship between the Herald and the WPJC. Fortunately I have not been blacklisted from the Herald comment section so I could present my opinion along side theirs for at least the online readers.
Here is yet another piece where the Herald is pushing the agenda of Whatcom Peace and Justice Center (WPJC) out to 20-30 thousand plus readers. Where is the dissenting opinion?
The WPJC stands against the values which made our nation what it is today. They promote hatred of our President, disdain for our legal process, socialism & communist ideals over capitalism & generosity, they fund and promote desertion among the troops while our nation is at war. WPJC is not a local grassroots peace organization grown recently out of compassion for local youth sent to Iraq. The WPJC is the local membership for national United for Peace and Justice. An organization lead by, and funded by, longtime socialist/communists whose anti-US roots go back decades.
The Herald’s continued promotion of this organization as mainstream and acceptable, is what is making the organization mainstream and acceptable. WPJC is embedded in Bellingham schools, WWU, and the City of Bellingham. It kind of reminds me of the Hitler Youth programs.
The Herald currently has the freedom to do, say and conduct business how they please. They won’t have that freedom in a socialist/communist society where they are controlled by the government and they may even be dead, if more radical enemies of our nation our successful.
I think it would be good for business, our community and our nation if the Herald would present opposing views.
Also check out Rodney’s comment. He is a highly passionate commenter, who recently referred to me as a liberal coward, but in this case was a bit more positive with this very worthwhile poem in his comment.
IT IS THE SOLDIER…
It is the soldier, not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier, not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the soldier
who salutes the flag,
who serves under the flag,
and whose coffin is draped by the flag,
who allows the protester to burn the flag.