Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Sometimes the most telling statement ...

... is the thing not spoken. A job fair was held on the UC Santa Cruz campus on Tuesday April 11th. For the second year running, anti-war protestors "chased" military recruiters off campus:

Four military recruiters hastily fled a job fair Tuesday morning at UC Santa Cruz after a raucous crowd of student protesters blocked an entrance to the building where the Army and National Guard had set up information tables.

Members of Students Against War, who organized the counter-recruiting protest, loudly chanted "Don't come back. Don't come back" as the recruiters left the hilltop campus, escorted by several university police officers.

I put chased in scare quotes for a reason. Here's a comment from one of the recruiters who "hastily fled" the scene:

"The situation had degraded to the point where there was a possibility of injury to either a student or law enforcement officer. We certainly didn't want that to happen,'' said Capt. Will Griffin, one of the Army recruiters.

Notice what's missing? That would be any acknowledgement that the military recruiters themselves were faced with "a possibility of injury." After all, when the time comes for fighting, I'm choosing US military personnel over a mob of angry banana slugs every single time.

1 comment:

XWL said...

Banana Slug slime is hard to clean off of uniforms, or so I've heard, probably why the recruiters chose 'tactical retreat' rather than 'knock some wannabe hippie ass heads together' as the appropriate technique for that particular engagement.