Baby Killers and Warmongers

The anger, the rage… the imbalance has been evident for months, …but now it’s getting violent.

A local soldier back from the war in Iraq said he was beaten at an area concert because …he was wearing an Iraqi freedom T-shirt.

An isolated incident? or an example of the results of George Bush's 'climate of fear'? Even before Kerry decided to make his candidacy about his Vietnam era medals, the left was in an anti-war timewarp. "Iraq is George Bush's Vietnam."

Foster Barton, 19, of Grove City, received a Purple Heart for his military service in Iraq. He almost lost his leg last month after a Humvee he was riding in ran over a landmine.

Barton said he was injured again Friday night in a crowded parking lot as he was leaving the Toby Keith concert at Germain Amphitheatre. The solider was injured so badly that he can't go back to Iraq as scheduled.

"I don't remember getting hit at all, really," said Barton, a member of the 1st Calvary Division. "He hit me in the back of the head. I fell and hit the ground. I was knocked unconscious and he continued to punch and kick me on the ground."

...According to a Columbus police report, six witnesses who didn't know Barton said the person who beat him up was screaming profanities and making crude remarks about U.S. soldiers, Burton reported.

One witness, a friend of the alleged attacker, said Barton hit first. Police said they do not think that witness is credible since the six other witnesses said Barton was hit from behind.

Barton's mother said she has a message for her son's alleged attacker, who police said ran into the crowd after the incident and was not arrested.

"He needs our prayers, just like the insurgents, because he's a coward," Cindy Barton said.

After a two-week leave, Barton was supposed to return to Iraq Tuesday. But his broken nose will delay his return.

Barton is waiting for doctors to tell him when he can return to active duty. He said [he] wants to go back as soon as possible because his unit was just attacked. Eleven soldiers were wounded and two were killed, he said.

Intended or unintended, it looks more like two years of constant demonizing attacks on Bush as a war criminal and this war as another Vietnam have produced results.

To me, this is the legacy of Vietnam and the anti-war movement's more radical elements. Isn't it great that the left wants us all to relive those glorious 'revolutionary' times?

Posted by Eric Simonson at September 22, 2004 1:29 PM