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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Conservative pro-military group counter-protests 'peace activists' in Berkeley

Chad Groening
October 25, 2007

A New York Times best-selling author and military analyst recently had the opportunity for a face-to-face confrontation with the founder of an extreme left-wing anti-war group responsible for defacing a Marine recruiting office in California.

Lt. Col. Robert "Buzz" Patterson (USAF- Ret.) is the vice-chairman of Move America Forward, which recently descended on Berkeley, California. They planned to stage a counter-protest against a far-left group known as Code Pink -- which had been protesting in front of the Marine recruiting office, posting signs such as "Recruiters Lie, Our Children Die!"

Patterson says his group was able to force Code Pink -- or as he calls them, "Code Pinkos" -- to move across the street, and then his group took over the area in front of the recruiting office. "We did a counter-protest, and it had 350 proud American conservatives show up to counter-protest Code Pink in front of the Marine office in Berkeley -- the epicenter for the far-left in this country," he says.

The retired Air Force officer says he had the chance to debate Code Pink founder, Medea Benjamin, whom he describes as "anti-American, communist, socialist." "And it was amazing to talk to her and see just how shallow she was," he explains. "And she had so much hatred for her country and for her military that she was just not making any sense."

The best-selling author says there was simply no comparison between the two groups. "[On] one side of the street we had 350 well-dressed, well-behaved Americans citizens, all carrying flags and supporting our troops. And on the other side you had about 100 hippies holding American flags upside down," he contrasts.

According to Patterson, one of Code Pink's "peace activists" pulled a knife on one of Move America Forward's representatives and was promptly arrested by police.