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Rallying for recruiters–and gearing up for next ANSWER paroxysm

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By Michelle Malkin  •  March 9, 2008 10:47 AM

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The Gathering of Eagles and many other pro-troops activists turned out in the rain yesterday to show support for the recruiters at Times Square.

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Flickr photo set here. More blog coverage here.

The NYDaily News has coverage.

Dozens of demonstrators rallied in support of the military Saturday outside the bomb-damaged Times Square recruiting center.

“It backfired,” retired U.S. Marine Jim Behan said of Thursday’s early-morning bombing. “It just makes us respect the military even more.”

“If this bombing hadn’t happened, I’d be home reading,” added Behan, 66, of the upper West Side.

About 50 people sang “God Bless America” and waved flags at the event, which was sponsored by the Gathering of Eagles, a national group that usually rallies opposite anti-war protests.

Though the bicycling bomber’s motive remains unknown, many of the protesters assumed the blast was an anti-war message.

“Bombing something is completely unacceptable,” said Chris Hill, the group’s national coordinator. “It’s not peace activism. It’s terrorism. Period.”

GoE and a coalition of other counterprotesters including Freedom’s Watch, The Band of Mothers, Vets for Freedom, DC Protest Warrior, Eagles Up, Free Republic, and New England Warrior will be in D.C. on March 15 to answer the ANSWER/Code Pink demonstrations scheduled next week.

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