Clueless Anti-War Crowd Never
Sleeps in Amherst
The state's university at
Amherst has been appropriated by the hippies from the
1960's who are now in charge of the school and are
intolerant of any dissenting voices.
By Izzy Lyman
clueless anti-war crowd in the five-college area of western
Mass. never sleeps.
Amherst, at the "International Day of Protest to Stop the
Militarization of Space," impressionable children could
"fold a crane" for peace. Adults could pin a
"War Is Not The Answer" button to their tie-dyed
shirt. Hand-outs were also distributed that offered
information about "the harmful impact on cetacean life by
the U.S. Navy's experimental use of active sonar
Mount Holyoke professor named Jean Grossholtz gave a
long-winded speech denouncing the mobilization of American
armed forces around Afghanistan, as well as pontificating
about bottled water (or was that bottle-nosed dolphins?). One
speaker at this anti-Star Wars pow-wow even invited the crowd
to "stand with Barbara Lee," a reference to the
California representative who cast the lone vote in Congress
opposing military action in response to the September 11
attack upon thousands of innocent civilians.
at Crocker Farm School - also in Amherst - a crowd of 100
gathered to talk about their anxiety following the hijackings.
The most memorable advice of the evening came from another
Solon of Mount Holyoke College, Rev. Andrea Ayvazian, dean of
religious life. She suggested that families deal with
post-attack stress by donning a Muslim headdress. (Huh?)
Williamsburg, "keith harmon snow" (who, according to
the Springfield Union-News, demands that his name not be
capitalized) also insists on becoming a martyr for the First
Amendment. Not surprisingly, the pro-Osama sign that he placed
on Route 9, Love Thy Enemy, Matt. 5:4, has been repeatedly
not everyone in the area is acting like a pinhead.
in Amherst, Arnold Silver (that's capital A, capital S), a
feisty English professor at the University of Massachusetts,
organized a small "Support our Servicemen" rally on
the very same spot that local activists hold their weekly
and friends held plain white paper signs with simple
instructions for drivers: "Support our Pilots? Honk
I am happy to report, were not infrequent.
American flags were waved, but no lame fashion tips were
offered or long-winded speeches delivered.
the 'we-like-our-president' group had opinions about the
"Food Not Bombs" counter protesters that tried to
muscle their way into occupied territory. Chris O'Neil of
Shutesbury said of the manner-challenged left-wingers:
"They're outraged against us defending ourselves.
Everybody wants peace, but we're inviting future attacks if we
dad, John O'Neil, of Pelham, said that he applauds the
military campaign against the Taliban as the way to "cut
the head off the snake."
a terrorist, every American,
peacenik or patriot, is an infidel," he added.
to this long-standing standoff between the patriot and the
peacenik, allow me to close with the thoughts of one Louisiana
Dave, an army veteran. This is what he wrote me:
and regulars, kids and old pros, doing the work that men must
do to allow latte-laced discussions of moral equivalence.
Somewhere on a filthy hill, hard men wait to do their duties,
to locate and destroy those who would practice evil. While
these men await that moment, anointed thinkers castigate
soldier, sailor, airman, and marine, know that for every bongo-playing
pseudo-pacifist that dishonors you by participating in a peace rally,
there are hundreds of loyal Americans eager to salute you.