Protesters who continue during war hate America

Thursday, April 3, 2003 at 12:00am

Let's be frank: A certain percentage of Americans hate this country. Some are right-wing militia types who advocate the overthrow of the government. But most are members of the lunatic left fringe, who have taken to the streets of San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and even post-Sept. 11 New York City to protest the war in Iraq.

It's not hard to identify the America-haters. They're the motley fools who've been observed at antiwar rallies declaring, "We support our troops when they shoot their officers" and "Bush is the disease; death is the cure." It is hard to imagine any more contempt for the red, white and blue in the streets of Baghdad or Pyongyang or Tehran.

Of course, Hollywood is a cesspool of anti-Americanism, as the not-so-radically chic director Michael Moore reaffirmed during the recent Oscar telecast. "Shame on you, Mr. Bush," he exclaimed, excoriating the president for "sending us to war for fictitious reasons." Yet Moore uttered nary a discouraging word about Saddam Hussein, who defied demands that his regime disarm itself of weapons of mass destruction.

What amazes is that Moore's outrageous remarks received support in certain quarters of the media

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