Saturday, February 9, 2008

The Berkeley Proxy War?

So is this a "proxy war"?

...the radical group Code Pink has since September of 2007 been staging protests in front of a U.S. Marine Corps' "Officer Selection Office" on Shattuck Square in downtown Berkeley, California, in an attempt to force the office to close...Recently, however, the campaign to expel the Marines from Berkeley was given a fresh injection of energy when the Berkeley City Council voted on January 29 to give their official stamp of approval to the protest and even award Code Pink a complimentary dedicated personal parking space for their protest truck directly in front of the Marines' office. The City Manager was then instructed by the municipal government to send a letter to the Marines, informing them that they are "uninvited and unwelcome intruders" in Berkeley.

It certainly looks like it. Here is a situation in which the municipal government can't take action on its own, but can accomplish its agenda via a non-state actor. If this kind of proxy activity were to spread around the country with many municipal governments working with nsa's to harass recruiting stations, does it become a rebellion at some point?


subadei said...

What a disgusting show of both complete ignorance and disrespect on Berkley's part.
Proxy Revolt might be more fitting.

phil said...

I agree. It seems to be a kind of revolt in slow motion. Slow enough so that it doesn't appear to be what it is.