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Letter: Removing monuments merely used a tool to force an agenda
Gainesville resident Dwayne Lee, left, and Antonio Champion, center, have a discussion Aug. 19 during a protest about the Confederate monument in downtown Gainesville. - photo by David Barnes

In his recent letter, Doug Henry suggests the Confederate soldier monument on the Gainesville square is a symbol of white supremacy and racial hatred. He seems to think he and a shrill minority can dictate to us whose service and sacrifice we are allowed to honor as a community. That’s malarkey.

The agenda to remove Confederate monuments seems to be a political tool of opportunity. I’d suggest its real focus is President Donald Trump, who will be damaged as this issue divides America along racial fault lines that have been relatively quiet for years, until white cops started shooting unarmed black men in questionable encounters.

Who is behind it? According to conservative pundit Alex Jones, Charlottesville protest groups Unite the Right and Antifa (anti-fascist) were both comprised of Jewish actors. If only a small part of that is true, then we have a real problem with political manipulation. It’s established that rabbis and rabbinical students traveled to Charlottesville from distant states to protest at the event. Why? The only reason I can see is to co-opt the Charlottesville event and turn its consequences to serve the Zionist agenda.

Israel wants Trump out because he has not given them what they demand, including immediate relocation of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, a free hand to continue illegal settlement construction in occupied territory, and increased destabilization of Iran. A Newsweek article suggests Trump may be just six votes away from impeachment regardless of case specifics. That’s insane.

How did this happen? In the case of Charlottesville, it appears the strategy was to dishonestly conflate legitimate protesters against removal of Confederate monuments with known hate groups like the KKK and neo-Nazis who are established as anti-Semitic and anti-Israel. Add the Antifa counterprotesters who came with sticks and clubs to instigate violence, and the combination effectively co-opted that event by overwhelming it with partisan agents.

My opinion is these provocateurs have crafted a situation where they are able to control actors on both sides of the conflict. They populate wings of both the Democratic and Republican parties. In this manner, by controlling both sides to some degree, they can guide the development and consequences of these events to serve their agenda, which is to damage Trump and potentially force his resignation. Their message is if you don’t support removal of Confederate monuments, then you support the KKK and neo-Nazis, and shame on you!

That’s a lie. I didn’t vote for Trump, but I’m offended by wildly inappropriate anti-Trump screeds related to this false and manipulative narrative which have appeared on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News.

We should investigate the political provenance and bona fides of the members of city councils and county commissions that voted to remove Confederate monuments. Who backed and funded them? No monument should be removed without first putting the issue to a countywide referendum. To do otherwise is a craven and cowardly act that undermines democracy with the tyranny of a shrill minority, one with a potentially subversive agenda.

Bruce Vandiver


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