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Posted on Mar 21, 2010
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Protesters march in Washington, D.C., on the seventh anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

To a near-deafening silence in the mainstream media, Saturday marked the seventh anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, an occasion that protesters in Washington used to call for an immediate withdrawal of troops from both Iraq and Afghanistan.

The killing in Iraq continues even though combat troops’ presence has been reduced and media attention has been directed toward what many pundits call the “just” war in Afghanistan. —JCL

Al-Jazeera English:

Thousands of anti-war protesters have marched through the US capital to call for the immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq, on the seventh anniversary of the US-led invasion.

Demonstrators rallied near the White House and across the city centre on Saturday in a march sponsored by a coalition of anti-war groups, led by military veterans and activists.

The protesters chanted anti-war slogans and waved signs that read “We need jobs and schools, not war”, as they called for an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“This is a disgrace that this country, seven years after the invasion of Iraq,is still in that country and is upping things in Afghanistan,” Maria Allwine, one of the protesters, told the Reuters news agency.

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By radson, March 22, 2010 at 1:18 pm Link to this comment

gerard I concur.

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By Clash, March 22, 2010 at 11:00 am Link to this comment

40 years, that is the when, millions of people in the death lottery, that is the how, the streets of this country and the world is the where, and and everyone including mom and dad had “skin” in the game was the how. 58,000 deaths in Indochina, not including the so called enemy casualties, and the casualties here in the streets, this was the why.

Conceding the failures of, government and the media, it should be pointed out that circumstances have changed also. No longer does the system require the conscription of millions of men, it pays mercenary’s. No longer do the “people” have a voice in the system, nor do they truly want it. Their actions speak loudly of Epicurean philosophy to all issues of the day.

So we find that the brave few that do resist in the streets have had to neuter themselves through pacifism. Decent has all but been outlawed as the majority has sat idly by believing that relinquishing control to the police state will keep them safe. There is no left, no right just the system, beyond redemption, fatally wounded and beyond resuscitation. http://www.derrickjensen.org/index.html

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By Russian Paul, March 22, 2010 at 10:23 am Link to this comment

Truthdig is complicit, they did not mention the Saturday rallies at all. Neither did
Democracy Now! for that matter. Not until AFTER. So there was a conscious
decision to not mention the protests in the progressive media.

Yes, I went to the rally in SF and it was beyond pathetic. By around 1:00, there
was only like 500 people left! What the hell? Are people still honestly drinking
Obama’s koolaid or are we just becoming more tolerant of war?

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By MAR, March 22, 2010 at 10:13 am Link to this comment

Iraq: an ill-concieved venture based on a pack of lies (or was that lives?)

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By mrfreeze, March 22, 2010 at 8:58 am Link to this comment

As has been said already: Since when did anyone believe that the American MSM is designed to “inform” the public or, gasp, educate the people?

Today, it’s all “entertainment tonight” coverage: Brad Pitt pokes tattooed woman (or was that some other guy?) or Tiger Woods pokes Brad Pitt (or was that some other woman?), or American Idol’s new star is…..or…...

Once again, I would highly recommend you all pick up Neil Postman’s “Amusing Ourselves to Death” for THE definitive critical analysis of the Media.

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By gerard, March 21, 2010 at 8:56 pm Link to this comment

It is better to promote what might be done than to criticize what has not been done, just in case some “tooth fairy” out there picks up your idea and runs with it to places beyond your vision.

Hope for the best—and when the worst happens, suggest a better alternative.  Sooner or later ...

It’s called faith, hope and charity and without it you can’t stay alive for 24 hours.

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By LostHills, March 21, 2010 at 8:39 pm Link to this comment

I marched in Los Angeles, as I have since 2005. Honestly, the turnout was the
lowest I have seen yet, and there are several reasons for that. A lot of people
are burnt and disillusioned at this point. Protest fatigue has set in. The
Democrat versus Republican fulcrum is gone. The hated Bush is gone. A lot of
Obama voters are not prepared to protest the war with the same vigor they did
in years past. But the good news is that the peace movement is alive and
kicking. The spirit in Los Angeles was high. There was a higher percentage of
young people marching this year, and more Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

The media disappoints us every year and every time. Anti-war protests are not
considered news no matter how high the turnout, and that is by design. If the
event is not reported, then it’s like it never happened. Cindy Sheehan being
arrested for delivering coffins to the White House never happened… But every
word out of Sarah Palin’s mouth makes the front pages, and every “Tea Party” is
big news.

But the internet and the ever-growing independent media do get the word out.
The peace movement continues to grow. A lot of folks who are not marching
show their support in other important ways. The election of president Obama
has engendered a “wait and see” attitude in a lot of Americans who want an end
to the war. But their patience is growing thin…

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By Leefeller, March 21, 2010 at 7:14 pm Link to this comment

Corporate media is and does not have to provide truth, anyone who believes so must still believe in Santa, the tooth fairy and that Ronald Regan was a great actor, one only need ask Bonzo!

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By gerard, March 21, 2010 at 6:45 pm Link to this comment

One thing American media (any one of many) could do to partly rectify their long-term neglect of the peace movement (in case they wanted to be honest) would be to make a statistical analysis of a protest like this one.  Try to determine how many people could NOT attend, and why—no money, no time, nobody to take care of the kids, illness in the family, lack of knowledge about the date, time and purpose of the demo, lack of awareness about what the peace movement is trying to do, lack of belief that there is anything anybody can do to stop the wars, anger, rage, frustration, lack of interest in politics, just lost a relative and still in mourning, taking care of a returned soldier with PTSD.

All are credible reasons for being absent, and if counted, the figure would run into the millions.
That would more accurately represent the real anti-war sentiments in the country.

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By FRTothus, March 21, 2010 at 4:35 pm Link to this comment

Too caught up in just trying to make ends meet, the
US public does not have the privilege to attend
rallies. These wars of empire enrich the few.  Many
unfulfilled promises, and worst of all, the loss of
Constitutional protections, and the more important
economic protections due the citizens of a wealthy
and noble nation.  But noble we may once have been,
we are no more. The wars for poppy and oil money are
naked wars for imperial acquisition which people
(with German and Japanese accents) have, in the past
(rightly) been hung. Why do our war criminals walk
the streets except that they are protected by wealth
and power, for Law would have them before the Dock?
Our Bill of Rights, even that foundational Habeas
Corpus infringements stand abandoned, so fearful are
our enemies, the woeful Chicken Little’s never tire
of predicting, especially those in front of a camera
or microphone, that ours is a nation no longer of
laws, except insofar as everything that Hitler did
was legal (which, technically, it was).
Can we put a date on the loss of the Republic?

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By purplewolf, March 21, 2010 at 4:24 pm Link to this comment

Didn’t Bush promise to return Iraq back to it’s people by the end on 2005? I am certain he did and what ever happened to that promise? It is an illegal war to begin with and the people over there want us out. Is it any wonder why so many other countries/people hate Americans?

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By gerard, March 21, 2010 at 4:14 pm Link to this comment

Shameful that we have to go to Al Jazeera for news of the American protests against the continuing American wars.

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By gerard, March 21, 2010 at 4:14 pm Link to this comment

Shameful that we have to go to Al Jazeera for news of the American protests against the continuing American wars.

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