It was interesting to see a group of Iraq war protesters gather at peace vigil outside Philadelphia City Hall Tuesday to observe the Iraq War milestone of 3,000 U.S. dead since the U.S. invasion on March 20, 2003.
It was one of many protests staged simultaneously around the country Tuesday by anti-war activists. The Philadelphia vigil was organized by a group called Brandywine Peace Community, based in affluent Chester County.
The vigil drew widespread coverage from the Philadelphia TV stations and newspapers.
I don't have a problem with remembering the men and women who sacrificed their lives for their country. And I don't have a problem with protesting the war. It's a free country. But I'm curious about a few things.
Why hasn't the Brandywine Peace Community staged a vigil for the nearly 2,000 shooting victims in Philadelphia during 2006? Why aren't these peace activists commemorating the deaths of 406 people murdered in Philadelphia in 2006?
Some may argue there is no comparison between U.S. citizens killed in battle and U.S. citizens gunned down on the streets of a major city. Why? Would the far left be protesting deaths in Iraq if Bill Clinton had started the war?
The murders in Philadelphia are a lot closer to home than the 3,000 U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq over three years. Why isn't the peace group marching to the mayor's house or the governor's mansion in Harrisburg?
Why are Democratic Mayor John Street or Democratic District Attorney Lynne Abraham or Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell not being held accountable for the bloodshed in Philadelphia during their watch?
Why hasn't the Philadelphia news media asked some of these questions? The coverage of the carnage on the streets of Philadelphia is usually relegated to back pages of The Philadelphia Inquirer. On some days, the Inquirer didn't bother writing about a murder. It just ran a tally of victims in a small box, reducing the taking of another human life to a sports boxscore.
Just a few questions I have as I sit and ponder the perpetual riddle of liberal hypocrisy.