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Indoctrination Watch: Protests against military recruiters at schools nationwide tomorrow

By Michelle Malkin  •  October 5, 2009 04:27 PM


Last March, I published a special report on the Left’s war against military recruiters in the U.S. It’s a topic I’ve covered extensively over the years. Unhinged devotes a sub-section of my chapter “They Don’t Support Our Troops” to the organized campaign of harassment against recruitment offices on college campuses nationwide. The anti-recruiter thugs have thrived thanks to a combination of public indifference, law enforcement fecklessness, and left-wing ideological apologism. I have personal experience with the anti-recruiter propagandists, who lie through their teeth, exploit media sympathy, and harbor nothing but raw hatred for the men and women who protect and defend their rights to bitch and moan.

The anti-military zealots have never relented. Tomorrow, a recruiter-bashing organization called “We Are Not Your Soldiers” is holding a national protest on the anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan. Schoolchildren are being encouraged to distribute letters “to all high school teachers you know.” When protesting, they are also being instructed “to assure the media are present.” They’ve set up a Facebook page. And, unsurprisingly, the driving force behind “We Are Not Your Soldiers” is the anti-American Communist-founded World Can’t Wait:

What are you going to stand for? As school starts back up, look around at the world that our generation is going to inherit.

Over 1 million Iraqis are dead in the war, and 5 million have been forced to leave their homes. Despite President Obama’s promise to remove US troops, he’s calling them advisors while leaving them in Iraq. The war in Afghanistan, which we’re told is the “good war” where the “real” terrorists are, is going into its ninth year. It’s based on lies, just like the war in Iraq. What the United States is doing there is horrible and brutal, torturing people and bombing civilians while they sleep, just like the war in Iraq.

Is this OK because Obama — and not Bush — is in charge?

Obama sent 21,000 more troops to kill and die in Afghanistan, and plans to increase the size of the military by 92,000. Where are these soldiers going to come from? They are your classmates and friends, your brothers and sisters.

This is why the military recruiters are everywhere these days – at school in the cafeteria, on college campuses, at the mall, in the video games and the TV commercials… lying and trying to suck youth into fighting their wars. They roll up in their Hummers talking about strength and discipline, about how the military will give you a “life with a purpose”. But what kind of purpose?

You can kill and torture innocent people – and probably ruin your own life because of what you’ve seen and done – for an empire that causes misery for the planet, or… you can be about putting an end to all that and creating a better world.

Imagine if school administrations and teachers didn’t allow recruiters onto campus. Imagine if students looked at recruiters as the predators they are and no longer considered the Army a legitimate “career option.” We need a culture of defiance and resistance to military recruiters in high schools across the country.

As I’ve documented, this call to “resistance” has been a call to violence and vandalism against ROTC officers and offices on campuses across the country. WCW and We Are Not Your Soldiers are making an aggressive push into classrooms…

Go to high schools either before or after school and talk to students about Oct 6th.

Ask them if they could be a part of showing the We Are Not Your Soldiers presentation in classrooms. Ask them if they know teachers who would would want them to show it in their classroom. See what the situation is like at the school, do they have recruiters? Do recruiters call them at home? What do they say? Are they thinking about joining the military? Why or Why Not? Do they think recruiters should be able to recruit in high schools or in their communities? We should really learn from the students and their experiences.

Go into high school classrooms and do a presentation with the We Are Not Your Soldiers film.

This is video footage of Iraq Vets and World Can’t Wait organizers speaking speaking in classrooms about the war crimes being committed in Iraq & Afghanistan and what it means to join the military. Anybody can do this! Then afterwards talk with students about what kind of actions they want to do to stop this then make sure to give them the we are not your soldiers survey, so we can find out what students think.

…and on YouTube:

Parents, be forewarned and forearmed. Are your school officials prepared for the protest? What will they be doing to provide a counterbalance to anti-military bigotry — and to protect ROTC officers and offices on campus? Speak up.

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