Saturday, March 18, 2006

3rd Anniversary of the U.S. Invasion of Iraq

The third anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq is upon us. Over 2,300 U.S. soldiers (average age: 26) and at least 33,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed so far. It's particularly disturbing to know that civilians, people like us, are being killed at the rate of about 30 persons each day. Oh, and there are the killed insurgents too, estimated at between 45,000 and 50,000 (i.e. at least 40 of them killed each day).

Saturday night we joined in the anti-war march in Chicago along Michigan Avenue. It ended up at the Daley Center, but unfortunately, there was no speaker there to really whip us into a frenzy. We were glad to see the people that took the time and effort to march, but we were disappointed that only about 7,000 people marched (London turned out 15,000). It was also disappointing that there wasn't a single polititian to be found. Nevertheless, it felt good that we participated. It's unrealistic, I suppose, to imagine that the administration can pull out "now," but we need a plan. Bush and his friends appear to have no concept of planning or any ability to anticipate anything.

p.s. - In typical Chicago "the City That Works" fashion, there was an unbelievable number of police, buses to take people to jail (which proved not to be needed), and street sweepers following after the march.


Blogger 99 said...

I still remember the first big demonstration in Chicago... in 2003... I think there were like 5,000 on Lake Shore Dr...

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