Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Flags Replaced With Swastikas in Wash.

Flags Replaced With Swastikas on Graves in Washington:
May 29 01:54 AM US/Eastern ORCAS ISLAND, Wash. (AP) -

Vandals burned dozens of small American flags that decorated veterans' graves for Memorial Day and replaced many of them with hand-drawn swastikas, authorities said Monday.

Forty-six flag standards were found empty and another 33 flags were in charred tatters Sunday in the cemetery, authorities said. Swastikas drawn on paper appeared where 14 of the flags had been."

This is just plain wrong. While I am at odds with the current administration and Congress over our presence in Iraq and the wisdom of continuing our endeavors, there is nothing that can persuade me this is an exercise of "free speech" or merely civil disobedience.

Hold protest marches, burn the flag (if you dare). This, however, is desecration of a grave and therefore, a criminal act. It should be investigated as same and those responsible should be caught and tried as adults, regardless of actual age (if you, like me, you suspect this to be the act of very misguided teenagers). If adjudged guilty, I suspect some serious jail time is in order. Particularly in light of the repeat attacks on the graves this Memorial Day weekend.

By the way, parents -- You ARE responsible for your children's acts until they are 21. Perhaps some jail time for you as a co-conspirator would drive that home.

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