College student protests war

As you may know, the U.S. Government has declared Sept. 11 Patriot Day. What you may not realize is a group of individuals have named Sept. 11 as World Strike Day. It has been declared so by individuals such as Norwalk resident Natalie Thurston, who feel the press and others are ignoring issues they feel are of worldwide importance.
Aaron Krause
Jul 25, 2010

As you may know, the U.S. Government has declared Sept. 11 Patriot Day. What you may not realize is a group of individuals have named Sept. 11 as World Strike Day.

It has been declared so by individuals such as Norwalk resident Natalie Thurston, who feel the press and others are ignoring issues they feel are of worldwide importance.

Various Web sites such as techrepublic.com mention the day as a time in which business should come to a screeching halt. "Every person in the world should stop working," the Web site reads. "Every U.S. military soldier should stop fighting. Every Iraqi soldier should stop fighting and agree to a cease fire. Every business, every service should stop working (with the exception of emergency and essential services.) Around the world everyone in the world should stop what they are doing and stay home or march in the streets to protest the evil Republican empire worldwide."

Why?

"Republicans in the U.S. have killed, enslaved and imprisoned and oppressed millions of people world wide."

Thurston expressed a similar sentiment on the back of her shirt, which reads "We are the terrorists."

"We're using depleted uranium in our artillery in Iraq," the Tiffin University student said.

According to the World Health Organization's Web site, "limited information from human studies" has linked depleted uranium to negative effects on kidney function, lung cancer and other health problems.

Thurston, who stood in front of the Huron County Courthouse this morning, said she also was protesting what she felt is the illegal detention of terror suspects by the U.S. government.

"In this country you're innocent until proven guilty," Thurston said.

She said people such as her were protesting today because issues that have arisen from the U.S. Patriot Act which was signed into law after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

And so, Thurston stood in front of the courthouse with signs such as "One Nation Under Control with Injustice and Lies for All," "Our Grief was Not a Call For War Crimes," "Blind Faith in Bad Leadership is not the American Way" and "We Are the Terrorists."

Thurston, who belongs to a number of peace organizations, arrived in front of the courthouse at 8 a.m. and planned to remain there until 4. She said a few people directed rude gestures at her and told her she's a traitor, and that people are dying for her rights. But, she said, she also received some encouragement.

Comments

Chris (Anonymous)

What a way to honor the fallen on what has been deemed as "Patriot Day". Way to go! Let's blame every republican in the nation for what you don't believe in. If you don't like the ways of your country......MOVE!!

chubby (Anonymous)

Thank God people have given their lives so this chunky monkey can make an AZZ out of her self. Hey fatty, Maybe you should observe "World Dont Eat So Much Day"!!!!!!!! Do they have any classes like that on your safe collage campass? Join the military and save the world. Oh and lose those hipps!!!!!!!!!!

put your life w...

to the "persons" that posted the previous messages. Why don't you join the military? If you feel that the only way to show patriotism is by joining the military, then do it. I mean some people get off on killing people. However, our country was founded on the principle of dissendence. It is you civic duty to question the government of the people, for the people, and by the people. I just hope when you get to iraq, you won't be one of those that coverup the gang rape and murder of a 15 year old iraqi girl, though that could be your thing.

hey mouth (Anon...

Hey last post tough guy, I am in the military and joined to protect assholes like you? When you sign up and see first hand what is happening then feel free to speak up. Nah, just sit in your comfy chair and don't worry about a thing, leave the dirty work to the real men and women of America. It isn't anybodies duty to question the government. Stop and think for yourself for a second instead of listening to the liberal media. Or better yet grab a rifle and see for yourself.

JEF (Anonymous)

Ms. Thurston, you'll be pleased to know that Osama Bin Laden and his pals fully agree with you and then some.

JEF (Anonymous)

Which of the Democratic candidates is Al-Qaida officially backing in Ohio's primary?

KizorSozae (Ano...

Those are some very strong comments Ms. Thurston.....I'm not even going to try to enlighten you....all I can say is thank God you are not in our military.....it is people like you that are collapsing this great country.....you should be ashamed....do us all a favor and move to one of those countries that you have such empathy for....you have no clue as to what a true American is!

That's how Irol...

She's upset?!?! SHE'S UPSET?? Maybe her and her mom Cindy Sheehan should join forces and go over ther and just end this war! Take Nancy Pelosi with you, too. I wish I would have seen her in front of the courthouse today...I would have gone up and given her an AMERICAN flag. "Our Grief was Not a Call For War Crimes"... cry me a river. Any Vietnam vets thinking this all sounds too familar??

Why (Anonymous)

Didn't the Reflector find a military person to interview? Why waste your time with this brain dead person? I'll never understand this paper.

JEF (Anonymous)

As a kind-hearted gesture for the aggrieved of the world, I would hope that Ms. Thurston would help organize a future Women's Rights Parade in Tehran, Iran. Remember to pack your burka.

No Doubt... (An...

"let's focus on the NEGATIVE for Sept.11th...let's give them and idiot Bush hater to write about in the paper." Who's running this paper anyway? Is it a couple of fellas named Newman and Kramer?

Marine mom (Ano...

As the mother of a Marine who has served in Iraq I know that one of the rights HE is fighting for is your right to freedom of speech, BUT could you have picked a better day to do your thing. I am offended that you a college student who has never served in the military in any way feel the need to comment on subjects you know nothing about I have spoken to members of my sons unit and they are all waiting to go back for a second time because they will not be happy until the job over there is done.I dread the day that my son and his brothers in arms,return to that God Awful place , But I will stand proud that he is there where HE SAYS HE NEEDS to be. I almost lost him the first time around and that will be formost in my mind when he returns. But come what may it will be done on HIS terms and with him doing what HE knows is RIGHT.And I will continue to sit at home praying that today is not his day to go. And hopefully he will come home again. I will not tell you to join the military because I feel that would be a disservice to the military to have someone like you!I will tell you that I think you and people like you are wrong, but once again it is your right to say what you will. I know because MY SON IS A MARINE. GO back to school Natalie and grow up. SEMPER FI

USMC (Anonymous)

Hey there tons of fun if you don't like this county so much go somewhere else. I can see that you have never had to fight for anything in your life.

Army vet (Anonymous)

To the Marine Mom
Why is it that people presume that this young woman is not informed about the military? These are the facts-this young woman is the daughter of two army veterans. She is the granddaughter of a korean war hero. She is the greatniece of several who fought the Battle of the Bulge, Guadalcanal, Remagen Bridge and Anzio, Quang Tri, Da Nang and the Ashau Valley. Her uncle is currently on active duty recalled by this president. She has 10 members of her family currently serving in Iraq. She has a cousin who is leaving to go to Iraq within the week and she has lost a member of her family to this war.
It is the duty of every citizen to question the government and its policies. This is the foundation of this country.

vetsdaybaby (An...

Although I'd like to smack this idiotic, tree hugging, smug little snot right in her ugly face, she is entitled to her say as we are a nation of free speech. And why is that? BECAUSE WE HAD MEN AND WOMEN SACRIFICE THEIR LIVES TO MAKE THIS NATION EXACTLY THAT ... a democracy. I just can't believe the Rejector (oops, I mean REflector) let this run on such a day that should be dedicated to honoring the true Americans who lost their lives that day. Families who lost loved ones. Families who are missing their loved ones fighting for what we as a nation believe it. Liberty and Justice FOR ALL... even you, Natalie. And to the Marine Mom, thank you for raising such an honorable boy. God Bless our men and women in uniform, and their families.

Marine mom (Ano...

MY comment was that SHE has NEVER SERVED.I can list all my family that have served also but that is not my point my point quite clearly was SHE HAS NEVER SERVED SHE HAS SPENT HER TIME IN COLLEGE.

To VETSDAYBABY> YOU ARE WELCOME. MY SON AND ALL IN HIS UNIT ARE SOME OF MY GREATEST HEROS!!!!!!!!

I smell freedom...

I wasn't going to comment on the young girls right to be ignorant and uninformed but after a brief and pungent encounter with one of her comrades it reminded me of someone, me. I once had a head full of hair and bad information. Then one day I was watching peace protesters
throwing baseballs with nails in them at people, burning buildings, smashing windows turning over cars and I wondered, am I high or are these the most violent people I'd ever seen? Well as it was, it was both and it was time to stop looking at the right and left and start looking at what's right and wrong. Extremism is an easy game to play. All you need is an ideology and a hand full of idiots and you're in conrtol of the ball.
Now, moving the ball down the field is another story because playing defense is education, the arch enemy of
indoctrination. Kids, stay in school, don't do drugs and question everything. Never take anyones word on anything, especially in college. You're young and indoctrination is soooooo easy, much easier than education because you can make it up as you go along.
And another thing kids, take a bath, get a job and a haircut wouldn't hurt either.

Patriots Day (A...

Perhaps she spoke up on the 11th because nothing was planned. If you saw her, you would have notice the courthouse flags were not lowered. Since when has military service been the only service you can offer your country. Since, when has fighting for liberty and freedom with weapons of war, been greater than those who stand up and live liberty and freedom using their own name. Are not both patriotic? If you disagree with sentiments lawfully expressed, please have the courtsey to say it in public and in your own name. She has showed no fear or shame, in the face of your intolerance. Why don't you leave your real name or better yet take a stand in public. It is easy to be brave when you have bombs or when you hide behind a computer screen. Freedom is not won by force, you must live it and let others do the same.

Marine Corps Co...

“The dangerous patriot: “The one who drifts into chauvinism and exhibits blind enthusiasm for military actions. He is a defender of militarism and its ideals of war and glory. Chauvinism is a proud and bellicose form of patriotism . . . which identifies numerous enemies who can only be dealt with through military power and which equates the national honor with military victory.”

swiss family......

i am confused ... isn't one of our basic freedoms in this great country , the freedom of free speech ?? well , what is the point of having free speech and not using it .. this girl is entitled to her opinion , and that is in fact , ironically , what the great men and women have fought for .. whether you agree with her or not is secondary , she does have the right to have and to express her opinion , as every American has !! I am also confused as well ,that the same people who slammed me for my comments about Allison ' FROM New London , who had pie remnants all over her face !! I admit that some of the comments that i made about her were inappropriate , and you same people jumped all over me for it , yet you guys are jumping all over this girl , not for her opinion , or her right to express it , but you keep commenting about her hips , or her hair , or her chubby cheeks ... why can't you be fair and comment on things like her right to her opinions ??

Lt. Dan (Anonymous)

Darlin', you need to pay more attention in school. In my lifetime and then some it was ALWAYS Democrats, some with good reason, that got us involved in wars. WW2, Korea, Viet Nam and yes, even Iraq is the indirect result of Mr. Peanut's failed policies with the Mid East. Killing and imprisoning is what you do with bad people. Killing, imprisoning, oppresing and enslaving has always been more of a democrat thing. Ask Senater Bob Byrd (D) about that. Oh, you don't know who he is, look him up. He's one of you, it's just hard to tell with the hood and all.

See today's Pap...

there was a clarification in it. It said that she held the Repulican Adminstration and its Foreign Policies responsible for the iraq war. She never said that the repulicans are the only ones responsible for all evil past, present, and future. And she never said if she was a democrat, could she not be an independent?

TO SWISS FAMILY...

is there ever a time where you are not confused?? "why can't you be fair and comment on things like her right to her opinions ?? " Why aren't YOU ever fair? Nobody likes you, go away. THAT'S MY opinion.

That's how Irol...

To vetsdaybaby and Marine mom, you both are class acts! You guys ROCK! Marine mom, your son is in my prayers daily. Every one of those brave men and women in uniform deserve at least that much from me. I can't thank them enough. And as far as what "I smell freedom and hippies" wrote...well, I'd like to marry you!!!!! I saw those dirt-bags standing on the corner today, and you're as right as rain...take a bath, get a haircut...FIND A JOB! I love you!

Annie (Anonymous)

Natalie, keep this up. Do not let these Americanized zombies get in your way. To honor the dead is to question why and how they died. The only thing I would hope you consider is that you should not limit yourself to believing that only Republicans are to blame. Everyone, including those who let this go on without question, are to blame. http ://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=397956 8779414136481

Benjamin Frankl...

Anyone who would give up a little freedom to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.

wow (Anonymous)

Simply amazing. The current administration sends our young people to kill & die for corporate profit, doesn't want to pay them for doing it, reduces our freedoms (which true patriots fought and died for)and dismantles our rights guaranteed by our constitution. They don't even want to take care of the wounded. Ask anyone who has dealt with the VA about that. Now we have people claiming to be patriotic supporting these traitors who have made us one of the most hated nations in the world. Maybe this young woman didn't pay attention in school but it seems she's paying attention in life.
Maybe you military guys should be asking why our armed forces can't handle a disorganized bunch of middle easterners in 6 years when our fathers licked the most powerful nations that ever had existed in 4 years.

JEF (Anonymous)

wow wrote: "Now we have people claiming to be patriotic supporting these traitors who have made us one of the most hated nations in the world." Neville Chamberlain would be proud. Reads like a case of geo-political co-dependency.

Marine mom (Ano...

to wow. Where do you get your information? You need to have a talk with some of the young men that have been there(IRAQ). These are not a "disorganized bunch of middle easterners" these are people that have been trained since they were born that we(The United States) are wrong and that we are the enemy and need to be destroyed by any means. They have trained since they could hold a gun or any weapon and told that this is the way it must be, yet some of the young men we are sending over there to stop them are only just out of boot camp and don't have all the training and equipment that they need yet they will put their lives on the line and go where they are told and do the job they are told to do only because they know it is the right thing to do and because that is what our country stands for. FREEDOM. Our troops need our 100% support and that means not standing here on safe soil trying to second guess what our Military leaders are doing , I don't like the war and I did not vote for Bush but I will give my all to support our troops and pray that this ends soon, because I know a lot of young men and women who will not be satisfied until this war is ended and the job they set out to do is complete.

E Duffey (Anonymous)

Where does anyone say she shouldn't be allowed to express her views? That's fine, but don't get in a huff when others express their "dissent" from her view.
1)One Nation Under Control with Injustice and Lies for All-Yep, that is why she and all the other antiwar types have been jailed and probably are being tortured at this very minute by Bushitler + Co. Which lie are we talking about-9/11 was an inside job, the WMD's that Clinton,Gore,et al knew where there in the late 90's, the there were no terrorists in Iraq till we got there,etc. Please specify.
2)Our Grief was Not a Call For War Crimes-We're dealing with people who chop off heads with knives ,took a school hostage and killed 186 children, and routinely torture and kill civilians who don't believe in their authoritarian dogma. Enough said.
3)Blind Faith in Bad Leadership is not the American Way-From what I see out of her and from Washington and elsewhere, the Democrats should take this to heart. Never let facts get in the way of your ideology.
4)We Are the Terrorists-Why she hates our country so much is beyond me,but to just state the obvious, our guys wear uniforms, we attempt to limit civilian casualties even to the point of endangering our troops, we recognize and abide by the Geneva Conventions, when our troops do violate the UCMJ they are prosecuted and punished.
Makes you wonder what's going on in "higher education."

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