Last night, Berkeley had its first electric storm of autumn; the city became a new city, fragrant of wet metal and soaked bark.
Another sort of storm occurred yesterday. Banners cried End Terrorism and Pro America, Pro Peace, while pro-war/against terrorism/demonstrators verbally clashed with anti-war demonstrators.
Shouts of USA, USA, USA (as if that invocation was enough) and counter-chants were soon drowned out by canned music--Neil Diamond’s “America”, Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York”, “Star-Spangled Banner”, whatever, I suppose, seemed to suit the purposes of the pro-war/against terrorism/demonstrators.
Soon, unfolded a spectacle, nothing more, a mob of pushing bodies, unclear voices and slogans tossed without effect, all fury and no distinct sound.