already with the self-Flagellation!
6th marks the anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing. Over the decades,
there has been much controversy over President Truman’s
decision to use nuclear weapons. I don’t intend to comment on the
morality of his judgment. Both sides make their points. Some point to
the innocent victims. Others argue millions of Japanese and American
lives were saved. One thing is certain—reasonable people should
agree that we never want to see that happen again.
But, ENOUGH ALREADY with the self-flagellation! America entered the
war because it was attacked. We fought on four continents, liberating
those oppressed by tyranny. We rebuilt devastated nations, friend and
In view of these facts, I ponder why the Watertown Citizens for Environmental
Safety (W.C.E.S.) chooses to spotlight Hiroshima to the exclusion of
certain other tragedies of WWII.
floats no candle boats and holds no public vigils to commemorate the
wholesale massacre of countless Manchurians, or the recreational torture
inflicted upon Filipinos. They never bemoan young Korean women kidnapped
and forced into sexual slavery. I do not cite these infamous atrocities
to justify America’s use of the A-Bomb. I do so to underscore
What motivates this annual display of pious remorse? Perhaps it would
be useful for Watertown residents to know more about the entanglements
of the W.C.E.S.
has joined an umbrella organization called “United
for Justice and Peace”.
This network of cells cleverly cloaks their agenda under the shared
mantle of genuine concerns also embraced by many mainstream
lobbies. The “Queen Bee” of this radical colony is one Leslie
Cagan. A self-proclaimed Socialist, Cagan has a colorful portfolio of
anti-American credentials and a track record of deceptive tactics. In
fact there are not enough column inches to do her fringe anthology justice.
However given the above-mentioned affiliation, a sampling of Cagan’s “Left
Wing Looney Tunes” may shed light on the W.C.E.S.’ belief
system and veracity.
Co-Chair’s the “ Committees of Correspondence
for Democracy and Socialism”. Their draft
platform states “…the
ultimate solution … is a socialist society where wealth is socially
must know, this will not wash with mainstream America. She may have
conceded the point. In an article named "Antiwar
Movement Morphs From Wild-Eyed to Civil" (NYT March 29, 2003), She
confesses;“If we’re going to be a force that
needs to be listened to by our elected officials, by the media, by
power, our movement needs to reflect the population” Translation:
memo to all worker bees. Entice the proletariat with honey, but keep
your stingers concealed!
the big deal? Why should this matter to us in Watertown?
deal is THIS! The W.C.E.S. is a prominent lobby in Watertown. If they
are in bed with an activist who advocates concealing radical agendas,
we should wonder if they ascribe to the same deceptive policy. The
W.C.E.S. must have some inkling of Cagan’s rap sheet. On September
24 th 2003, she was a featured speaker at a W.C.E.S. sponsored forum.
This begs reasonable questions. Why would they embrace her as a standard
bearer? What are their real motives?
flesh out when you read the W.C.E.S. “Peace with
Justice” mission statement. Behind the flowery sentiment and artfully
crafted language, you can easily detect an agenda that instinctively
blames America first. According to them, the terrorists aren't
to blame for 9/11, but rather American foreign policy is the culprit.
Evil American corporations are the root cause of terrorism, not Islamofascism.
No wonder the W.C.E.S. feels compelled to perpetuate the annual mea
culpa down by the river. They share a world view with Leslie Cagan,
and NOT with the average Watertown resident. Hiroshima just gives them
an excuse to hold a “blame America fest”.
legitimate to question Truman’s decision. Good people disagree
on its necessity. We should all agree that we NEVER want to see it happen
again. The use of the A-Bomb was NOT an odious act of vengeance. It was
done, rightly or wrongly, to end the war and save lives. However in light
of the evidence, inquiring people want to know! Why does the W.C.E.S.
really sponsor these “vigils”?
don’t deny the right of the W.C.E.S. to float their
little boats and candles on the Charles. But if they view America as
the “Great Satan”, there are other options to explore. Their “Queen
Bee”, Leslie Cagan, is purported to support Fidel Castro. Dare
I suggest they might experience life under the fatherly protection of
this magnanimous, altruistic and peace-loving visionary? I'm sure
they'll find their freedom to dissent is in no way encumbered by
the USA Patriot Act, in Cuba. In fact, resounding thunderous
crowds chanting “Death to All Yankee Dogs,” may harmoniously
echo their “idealistic” world view.
Watertown Citizens for Common Sense Government