The U.S. military needs to leave the island of Vieques immediately. Pentagon bombing raids there have already done too much damage to the citizens and environment of Puerto Rico.
On May 4, hundreds of U.S. marshals and Puerto Rican riot police removed 224 protesters that were camping on property that the U.S. Navy uses as a firing range. These demonstrators were part of a nonviolent effort to reclaim the island for peaceful purposes.
Since 1941, the U.S. Navy has occupied 26,000 of Vieques' 33,000 acres. It has used the island's beaches for target practice, naval maneuvers, amphibian landings, munitions storage and toxic-waste disposal.
In April of …