Thursday, December 3, 2009
A welcome Message: Saying NO to the Af-Pak "Surge"
We held a vigil on December 3 2009 in downtown Fayetteville NC, near For Bragg, to express dissent from the Afghanistan-Pakistan "surge" announced earlier this week.
Turnout peaked at ten, not bad for here, especially since we haven't had one in months. Most peace folks in town have been quiet for awhile, in the wake of last year's election.
But we had a BIG surprise when we lined up and showed our signs: they were POPULAR.
Traffic was busy around the traffic circle where we gather, and the cheers, thumbs up, smiling honks and waving peace Vs overwhelmingly outnumbered the few thumbs down from passersby. Even a couple carloads of GIs in uniform joined in the acclaim.
The conclusion? It looks like there is VERY LITTLE enthusiasm for this "surge," even among the troops here.
To be sure, soldiers at Ft. Bragg will follow orders; that's what they do. But could this lack of enthusiasm result in an uptick of GI resistance??
Stand by for updates . . .