I’m a little surprised it’s taken the American Sheepdogs this long to find (or care about, I should say) this blog. After all, it’s been more than a month since I considered, nearly accused them of, their interfering with a WCU campus event. To be fair, as I did with the College Republicans, I owe them at least a retraction and perhaps an apology for implicating them in that situation. They certainly don’t shy away from claiming credit for their successes, and since they didn’t claim that one, I believe I guessed wrong.
But that certainly wasn’t the first time I mentioned CCVM on the blog. I’m guessing they discovered the blog because they Googled themselves, which most organizations do periodically so they can see what people are saying about them. Also, after visiting their website yesterday (just curious, y’know?), I discovered that armyanimaldoc had recommended doing to my blog what he thinks CCPM (somebody named A.E. has been all over theirs; I don’t know who he/she is) has done to them.
As a result, since about 5 pm yesterday, I’ve gotten over 200 hits! That’s nearly 20% of the total number of hits I’ve gotten since I started this thing in March. This new “popularity” fascinates me, not because I think I’m saying anything special, but because it’s an interesting example of what happens when an individual makes himself or herself visible rather than lurking among a larger crowd.
Despite the claims of CCVM that we harass them and intimidate them, at least from my point of view just the opposite is true. To be really honest, I’m not sure how we (who CCVM describes as a bunch of ex-hippies) could intimidate a group of soldiers and vets. I’ve acknowledged, here, that anybody who would go into combat is braver than I am. How could I be a threat?
The answer is that I’m not a threat, and neither, really is CCPM. We vigil in order to demonstrate our opposition to the occupation of Iraq. Most members of CCPM aren’t even pacifists, and have supported other military efforts they thought were just and right. We vigil to demonstrate our faith that democracy can produce justice.
For whatever reason, those goals come across as “treason” and “communism” to CCVM. It’s too bad they’re not in favor of democracy. It strikes me as fundamentally inconsistent that they say they fight for “freedom,” but then as soon as somebody expresses “freedom,” they flip out and accuse us of treason.
Armyanimaldoc said in one of his comments on another entry that 9/11/01 changed everything for him. I can see that, although it seems pretty clear that it didn’t change many things for most people. Even the President called for a return to normalcy less than a week later, by encouraging Americans to go on vacations and to go shopping. If armyanimal doc is one of the thousands of citizens who joined the military as a result of the attacks, I can respect that. But that was his decision, based on his analysis of the situation. That doesn’t trump anybody else’s, and doesn’t give him or anybody else the grounds from which to accuse anybody else of treason.
One last point, which I made in response to Raoul but probably should make again: you’re welcome to try to convince me and other readers that we shouldn’t pursue peace and reject the occupation of Iraq. You should realize, though, that you’re not likely to get a very sympathetic hearing if you begin by accusing us of horrible crimes. If you want people who don’t already agree with you to listen, calling us horrible names and accusing us of horrible crimes probably isn’t the place to start.
I realize, as some of you have said, that you believe you’re being attacked as well. Armyanimaldoc says he was accused of being a baby-killer. I didn’t see or hear it, and I don’t know anybody in CCPM who I think would say such a thing, but maybe that’s really what happened. I’d hope you would hesitate to pin the entire ethos of an organization on the words of one person. I know from glancing at the Sheepdogs page that one member said something nasty about somebody else and was upbraided for it. Sometimes individuals say things they shouldn’t.
On the other hand, if your goal isn’t to convince anybody of anything but instead simply to vent your anger at us, have at it, but don’t expect anything to change as a result. Your choice.