Leave it to anti-war protesters to overstate the threat of the Stryker. After five years of constant grumbling from many in military circles over the new vehicle’s supposed inadequacy, Not In Our Name is upset over the show of force in a Stryker display:
Anti-war protestors are demonstrating outside the Blaisdell Center. There is a health and fitness exposition inside that coincides with the Great Aloha Run.
The protestors are upset the Army has one of its new Stryker assault vehicles on display.
Demonstrators with the organization, “Not In Our Name” are picketing the Army’s assualt vehicle saying it is a weapon designed to quell urban unrest.
The Stryker family of wheeled vehicles consists of the following variants: Infantry Carrier Vehicle (ICV); Mobile Gun System (MGS); Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle (NBC RV); Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM); Medical Evacuation Vehicle (MEV); Mortar Carrier (MC); Engineer Squad Vehicle (ESV); Command Vehicle (CV); Fire Support Vehicle (FSV); and the Reconnaissance Vehicle (RV).
No word so far on the the Urban Unrest Queller Assault Vehicle (UUQAV), but Murdoc hopes it’s heavily-armed. And a big steamroller attachment for particularly dense areas of unrest might not be completely out of line.
Meanwhile, the protests really put a damper on the Aloha Run event, as so many participated that they ran out of T-shirts. The military was well represented among the 22,000 runners in the 8.15 mile race:
The race began with the “Sounds of Freedom” group; 4,800 military members running in formation with their flags flying high.
As long as we can keep them running fun runs and singing, they won’t have the time or energy to quell us.