A group of bluehairs in Tucson (land of my birth) calling themselves the Raging Grannies have been pestering a local recruiting office in an attempt to get shipped off to Iraq. They’re against the war and want to take the place of their children and grandchildren who are currently stationed over there. It sounds like they’re just trying to make a point, but I think they’re actually serious about wanting to go to Iraq…they would go if there was a chance in hell they could get away with it. The idea is absurd, of course, since they’re far too old to enlist. And now that they’ve been turned away (and charged with trespassing), they’re going to go directly to the Pentagon and ask to be let in.
Elderly members of a US anti-war group called the “raging grannies of Tucson” are due in court following a protest at an Arizona military recruitment centre.
They have been accused of trespassing after entering the centre earlier this month, saying they wanted to enlist.
The group, mostly women in their 60s and 70s, said they wanted to go to Iraq so their grandchildren could come home.
Now, as ridiculous as I think the war is, I have to side with the recruiting spokeswoman quoted in the story: these ladies should not be pestering the recruiting office because they don’t set the policy, they’re just doing their jobs. However, going to the Pentagon will also get them nowhere because they don’t care about what anti-war people are saying or trying to prove. They simply don’t care, and neither do any other hawkish types in office. Tens of thousands of anti-war protesters clogged the streets of major cities around the world to demonstrate against this war, and the President still wouldn’t pay attention or admit that he lied. These ladies aren’t going to get anywhere with an administration which selectively ignores many of its citizens, but I’ll gladly watch them try!