Norwich University is a military school justly known for its peace studies program, now known as Studies in War and Peace. Today it was one of the biggest warmongers of recent years speaking to a crowd of nearly three thousand.
Yes, as we posted the other day, Condoleezza Rice was the speaker this morning, and as the event unfolded it was clear that I wasn't the only one who could not imagine letting the event go by unchallenged.
The Burlington Free Press is reporting that several protesters were there, calling her a war criminal and repeatedly interrupting her speech.
Among the protesters was longtime Vermont activist Ed Stanak, who made the following remarks:
I respect your First Amendment rights to give a speech but I have an obligation as an American citizen to confront you as a war criminal.
– You lied about Weapons of Mass Destruction.
-You acquiesced in the use of torture as national policy.
– You are responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians and the destruction of Iraqi Infrastructure.
-And you are responsible for the deaths of more than 4,000 American service members.
One of the first Americans to die was a Vermonter who grew up just 40 miles from here in South Burlington . Marine corporal Mark Envin was only 21 years old when he died.
The other American were dead are…[ before being able to read the names of American war dead, Stanak was escorted from the Shapiro Field House exclaiming “War criminal ! “ and “No justice, no peace ! “ ]
(Posted by Ed Stanak on his daughter's Facebook page.)
Naturally Rice made a show of being tolerant, while characterizing the protesters as “those who would defend Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda”. Yes, she's still peddling the lie that there was some connection between the two.
Oh, one other thing: if you want to see the video of the protest you're out of luck because Norwich killed the video feed.
Thank you to Ed Stanak and the other protesters who stood up to the lies of this war apologist.