PEACE PROTEST CAN'T BE VIOLENT
IT'S NOT OKAY TO WRECK STUFF
You can't be for peace, and also for destroying property and frightening people.
The latter is what witnesses told Today's TMJ4 happened after this anti-war rally on Milwaukee's East Side last night. Peace protesters armed with crow bars, baseball bats, smoke bombs, and bad attitudes tore up part of Oakland Avenue, right near UWM.
Of course they knocked out the windows at an army recruiting center, because that will bring the troops home.
Opposition to the war in Iraq is a perfectly legitimate position. So is continuing to fight the war.
Due to the fact that I report news on the war and the controversy surrounding it, I take no public position on whether we should continue with the effort in Iraq. I take no public position on whether we should have led the charge to war with Iraq. I take no public position on whether we should add troops or bring them all home tomorrow. I acknowledge both sides of the debate have merit, and it's not for me as a broadcaster to tell anyone else how to think on this.
I think I'm on safe ground, however, to say a peace protest that turns violent is not something that as a home owner and resident of the City of Milwaukee I can be comfortable with. You don't get to wreck stuff that's not yours. I don't think I'm out on a limb on this one.
March in the streets. Stage a sit-in. Write letters to Congress. Make giant signs. Write letters to the editor. Call my news director when you see coverage with which you do not agree. Exercise your freedom of speech!
It's like the old saying, however. Your right to swing your arms freely stops at someone Else's nose.