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n2doc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-28-07 07:34 AM
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46. Here is the reference in todays NYT
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There were a few tense moments, however, including an encounter involving Joshua Sparling, 25, who was on crutches and who said he was a corporal with the 82nd Airborne Division and lost his right leg below the knee in Ramadi, Iraq. Mr. Sparling spoke at a smaller rally held earlier in the day at the United States Navy Memorial, and voiced his support for the administrations policies in Iraq.

Later, as antiwar protesters passed where he and his group were standing, words were exchanged and one of the antiwar protestors spit at the ground near Mr. Sparling; he spit back.

Capitol police made the antiwar protestors walk farther away from the counterprotesters.

These are not Americans as far as Im concerned, Mr. Sparling said.

Another counterprotester, Larry Stark, 71, a retired Navy officer who fought in Vietnam for five years and was a prisoner of war, said, We never lost a battle in Vietnam but we lost the war, and the same is going to be true in Iraq if these protesters have their way.

The protesters on Saturday were undermining troop morale, Mr. Stark said, and increasing the likelihood of a premature withdrawal.

Its like we never learn from the past, he said.

from
Protest Focuses on Iraq Troop Increase
By IAN URBINA
Sarah Abruzzese and Suevon Lee contributed reporting
Published: January 28, 2007
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/28/washington/28protest....
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