One of the (few) good things about places like Berkeley is that its city council demonstrates just how loopy leftist anti-war types are once all constraints are removed from them.
The latest example (via the hated Instapundit) is the resolution the City Council has just passed declaring the Marines to be “intruders” and “unwelcome” in the city.
Now the obvious response would be to declare federal dollars equally “unwelcome” in Berkeley – say highway funding and Medicare payments for starters.
But Berkeley is important because it illustrates just how much of pacifism is about being a moral free-rider. Surely the council members know that if their town was threatened by hostile invasion, the Marines would hasten to their rescue.
Likewise, their ban of weapons in the space over the town is all about feeling good, since there is no reliable way for the US missile defense system to only let through projectiles that target Berkeley alone (would that there was).
It is one thing to attempt to resolve a dispute without violence. It is another thing entirely to personally reject it while expecting others to undertake it on your behalf.