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Counterdemonstrators at the Mall

Reporter Nelson Hernandez reports from 7th Street at the Mall:

Several hundred counterdemonstrators came to the Mall to demand that politicians see the Iraq war through to victory.

The Vietnam War loomed large in the speeches given by a series of speakers on a large stage.

The speakers said they did not want to abandon the Iraqi people and they wanted U.S. soldiers to be shown respect upon returning home.

The counterdemonstrators carried signs that showed their contempt for those protesting the war, such as "The 9th Circle of Hell is Reserved For Traitors."

Antiwar protesters who approached the fringes of the counterdemonstration on the mall were kept at a distance. One woman, Deborah Johns, the mother of a sergeant who has done three tours in Iraq, compared the conflict to Vietnam and said that supporters of the war will make their voice heard this time.

"We're not going to allow them to abandon the Iraqi people the same way" as Vietnam, she said. "We're not going to let the domestic enemy here at home defeat us like they did then. No retreat, no surrender, not now, not ever."

By Aruna Jain |  September 15, 2007; 11:39 AM ET
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Vietnam is doing just fine, thank you.

Posted by: PR | September 15, 2007 11:53 AM

So, why is the headline on the counter demonstrators when the story is the anti-war demonstration?

Geez, grow a pair.

Posted by: ok | September 15, 2007 11:58 AM

...and let us not forget the "Domino theory." Once Vietnam falls soon the rest of SE Asia will be dominated by the "Red bogeyman!"

Fear tactics, my how we have progressed.

Posted by: DLS | September 15, 2007 12:04 PM

Hilliary Clinton and the rest of those old men in the democratic party need to put socks in their mouths. The Witch from Manhattan is the biggest liar of the bunch. Recall her 1998 speech expressing concerns that Iraq had WMDs and that Al-Quaeda was supported by Saddam. Now she claims she was misled! By whom, her spouse Slick Willy, whose recreation time was devoted to dropping his pants in the Oval Office. If Willy had paid attention to the affairs of state, 9-11 would not have occurred. When you owe your body and soul to Moveon.Org as have the demcrats, what do you expect? Hypocrisy, political expediency, you name it! The Koolaid drinkers are now in vogue!

Posted by: Willig | September 15, 2007 12:18 PM

Vietnam did better without us. Thank you.

Posted by: Paul Nolan | September 15, 2007 12:31 PM

Ninth Circle of Hell is reserved for traitors? I keep fogetting that God is an American, naturalized, of course. Maybe if the Iraqis remembered that, they wouldn't be givin' us so much trouble.

Posted by: AJ | September 15, 2007 1:36 PM

Um, Vietnam is not "doing just fine" relatives were killed when the NVA poured into the vacuum left by American troops, and plenty more friends and family encountered the worst conditions in their flight. Those that went by boat gambled with the sea, predators, and pirates. One whole family we loved went down to Davy Jones' locker after being robbed, and others were captured and went to concentration camps. My uncle came out of one after his father died and never recovered.

So much for your "Vietnam is doing fine".

Posted by: Viet Son | September 17, 2007 12:53 AM

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