Media Monitor - Those Anti-War "Media Events"
Media Monitor - Those Anti-War "Media Events" - September 21, 2005
: "Our media have given endless coverage to anti-Iraq war protester Cindy Sheehan, but many news organizations ignored the views of the nation's largest veterans organization, the 2.7 million-member American Legion. On August 23, delegates to its national convention vowed to support U.S. troops and the global war on terrorism. In a clear reference to the Cindy Sheehan media circus, Thomas P. Cadmus, national commander of The American Legion said that 'public protests against the war here at home while our young men and women are in harm's way on the other side of the globe only provide aid and comfort to our enemies.' He called these 'public media events' that are 'guaranteed to be picked up and used as tools of encouragement by our enemies.'
And who are these enemies? Cadmus said, 'We understand that the terrorists they are engaging there would slit the throats of every American, adult and child, if they could.'
'For many of us,' he continued, 'the visions of Jane Fonda glibly spouting anti-American messages with the North Vietnamese and protestors denouncing our own forces four decades ago is forever etched in our memories.' Cadmus said, 'We must never let that happen again. I assure you, The American Legion will stand against anyone and any group that would demoralize our troops, or worse, endanger their lives by encouraging terrorists to continue their cowardly attacks against freedom loving peoples.'
An AP story by Alexandre Da Silva covered the Legion's resolution and also noted the views of James Vialard, a former Army Sergeant who served 26 months in Vietnam. He told AP that the toughest times came when actress Jane Fonda was in the news or when anti-war protesters took to the streets, 'making the front pages or the evening news.'
He said, 'How would you like to be 10,000 miles away from home knowing that people in your country are against you?' Vialard blamed the protesters for stren"