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Give Peace a Chance

Posted on Jan 28, 2007

Tens of thousands of protesters marched on Washington on Saturday to demand an end to the war. The Rev. Graylan S. Hagler summed up the feeling of the crowd, which included veterans, celebrities, politicians and others: “When we voted it was a directive to bring our troops home now.”

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Demonstrators listened to speeches from a roster of politicians and entertainment figures including the Rev. Jesse Jackson; Representative Dennis J. Kucinich, Democrat of Ohio and a candidate for the presidency in 2008; and Representative Maxine Waters, Democrat of California. The actors Jane Fonda, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins also addressed the crowd.

“We need to be talking not just about defunding the war but also about funding the vets,” Ms. Sarandon said, adding that more than 50,000 had sought treatment through the Department of Veterans Affairs while benefits for them continue to be cut.

With Mr. Bush facing low approval ratings and Congress continuing to debate the terms of a nonbinding resolution opposing the troop increase, elderly people in wheelchairs, housewives pushing strollers, seasoned dissenters in tie-dye and veterans in uniform turned out to protest.

“I grew up during the Vietnam War, but I never protested it and never had my lottery number called to go fight,” said David Quinly, a 54-year-old carpenter from Prairie Village, Kan., who arrived here Friday night with about 50 others after a 23-hour bus ride.

“In my view, this one is a war of choice and a war for profit against a culture and people we don’t understand,” Mr. Quinly said. “I knew I had to speak up this time.”

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By alternative, March 21, 2008 at 9:38 am Link to this comment
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World in which false is an absolute truth, needs a radical change.
Maybe the first world peace is a solution ?

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By Ellis, January 29, 2007 at 1:33 pm Link to this comment
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I hope this protest march was the first of many. I’m pleased that no marchers were shot by the National Guard ( Golly, why do I think that could happen ?? Oh that’s right, Kent State ).

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By this much is true:, January 28, 2007 at 11:18 pm Link to this comment
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i love the USA! (well, most of her!)

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By Quy Tran, January 28, 2007 at 1:19 pm Link to this comment
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King George ordered from Camp David :“Just hang them high”.

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By Rodney Matthews, January 28, 2007 at 12:40 pm Link to this comment
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George Bush along with most politicans leave town during the war rally. They don’t want to be confronted with reality. Plus what if these folks actually storm the White House or Capital? Then the folks who continue this senseless war would have to face an unfriendly crowd instead of the handpicked audience they usually speak to. If we could ever get enough of a crowd to actually do something like send millions of people to Washington shut down all traffic for at least a day,the for people like Bush who continually send our kids to die will be forced to listen.

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By Christopher Robin, January 28, 2007 at 12:32 pm Link to this comment
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Bravo! Everyone there!

Bravo! Jane Fonda!... well said!

Bravo! Tim & Susan!...

The liars, manipulators,war mongers,hypocrites and false patriots, Their actions and lies are coming home to roost.

Have no pity on them, they have the blood of hundreds of thousands on their hands.
Don’t spare them the shame of it, as they are unrepentant”

They will try their old tricks, the ones that are so transparent….the smearing, and hiding behind the uniforms and patriotism of the soldiers. ...but the public is growing wise to it.

Katrina opened eyes.

The many pronouncements of victory and progress…are underlined by the chaos and civil war now unleashed has opened eyes.

The United States of America as torturers, should open the eyes of decent people.

The polls of the Iraq people stating at 80% want us to leave…Why is that? We have made their country a battleground. They don’t look to “us” as their saviors. Should open eyes.

Their lies can’t cover reality and fool as before.

“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.” - Abraham Lincoln

I think we are now at that last stage.

“Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.”- Samuel Johnson April 7, 1775

Their ploy of wrapping this in the flag will be shown for exactly what it is.

Quotes spaning hundreds of years and wars…by people far more intelligent experienced than myself, on “Patriotism”

“Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” -George Santayana

The Republicans, will try to fear monger, and lie again…but please see through them. They hide their true motives because they aren’t honorable ones. They see the public as fools to manipulate…don’t allow them to succeed again.

They don’t have your best interests on oil, health care, our ports, (taxes, which now wage earners are taxed at a higher percentage than capital owners see Warren Buffet’s remarks on a recent CNBC interview)....They lie! They have increased the debt. They preach God for you…while they disregard all tenets of any major religion.

They cheat and manipulate during elections…Honor is a false badge they wear…as they send out their minions to smear (Mc Cain vs Bush 2000), Swiftboat liars, the most recent attacks on the schooling of Barack Obama…trying to insinuate/LIE he is some islamic radical-FOX NEWS...

There is no bottom or low which they won’t stoop to…
Until the public disgust and revulsion pries their fingers from power.

Have the memory of an Elephant. They don’t deserve the public trust. They are dishonorable , they are scoundrels.

And before those predictable Republic-o’s apologists/enablers/fools/hypocrites/scoundrels pipe in and dismiss my mere partial list of transgressions as “Far left wacko”.

I’m no blind supporter of the Democratic party who failures/disingenuousness to stand up and display a backbone has cost our country dearly.

They have far from any monopoly on honor, but you can’t BS me on “Republicans” as an honorable crowd. Certainly at least those at the top pulling the party strings.

Democrats?..To what point is saving or winning a seat? When you won no mandate to bring a change?

Republican lite is just enabling the decline.

Impeach? that’s the least we can do, to gain some honor as a country from those which have disgraced all of us.

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By yours truly, January 28, 2007 at 12:17 pm Link to this comment
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Meanwhile, according to today’s LA Times,  forty-nine GI’s were killed last week, with their names carefully tucked away in the back pages of the obituary section of Sunday’s paper instead of being placed where they belong, on the front page beneath a banner that angrily proclaims, “Forty-NIne More GI"s Dead In Bush’s Immoral & illegal war”. 

So enough already of our periodic marches, since these haven’t done a thing to stop the bloodshed.  What instead?  Perpetual mobilization, that’s what, with our getting Congress to cut off all funding for the Iraq war as our opening move.

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By Big Al, January 28, 2007 at 8:52 am Link to this comment
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I was there.

I couldn’t believe how few of the marchers there - presumably among the most informed antiwar activists in the country - seemed to have a clue as to the extreme urgency of preventing a NEW war against IRAN.

Most Americanas now oppose the Iraq war. Goody for them; don’t they feel smart.

But most “antiwar” Americans are sleep-marching blithely into a new war that will dwarf the catastrophe of the Iraq war.

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