"Perhaps the most disturbing scene of the afternoon, however, involved the man who pulled down his pants in front of women and children and defecated on a burning U.S. flag.”
Now, let us pause to reflect upon that sentence. Would it have been any more acceptable had no children been present? Are women more sensitive than men about such things? And finally, what kind of rock-hard bastard could take a dump on a naked flame?
Anyone willing to scorch their testicles to make a political point is double hard in my book, and should be in the marines rather than the anti-war movement.
The reason I've heard so much recently about the heresy of the hippies is simple - the war in Iraq is over, and we lost. It's now time to open the big book of backstabbing to explain away our ignominious defeat.
For the modern propagandist, the lessons of that war aren't the ones that any military strategist would draw - that intervening in somebody else's war is a bad idea, that firepower is not the final guarantor of victory, that no amount of men and materiel can compensate for a fundamentally flawed plan.
No, the only lesson to be learned is this - dirty hippies done stabbed us in the back!
Obviously, we're past the point of no return in Iraq, so this isn't about shoring up support for our doomed adventure - this is myth-making in action, rehearsing the excuses that will enable our future wars of choice, laying the foundations for all tomorrow's idiotic backlash movements.
Welcome to the lunacy of the culture war - America's curse, and Britain's future.