to the continuation of the Iraq and
The Iraq War began on 19 March 2003
Head of the VFP giving speech wth Bill Perry by his side and Col. Ann
Wright standng behind them. Yes, it was seven years ago yesterday that
"Shock & Awe" began and the Iraq War officially started. And no, as
Ralph Nader said a bit later at the same podium, Iraqis are in much
worse shape today than they were then.
was the sponsor of this protest, as they were of the protests before
mid-2003. United for Peace
& Justice didn't get started until well after the war began. World
Can't Wait started in the summer of 2005.
It was a beautiful, sunny day. We all left our coats & jackets in
the bus. [From the UFPJ site:]
backdrop of scheduled U.S. troop
withdrawals, millions of Iraqis went to the polls on March 7th in an
effort to control their country’s destiny. The Status of Forces
Agreement between the U.S. and Iraq calls for U.S. troop reduction from
current levels of about 96,000 to 50,000 by August 2010 and all troops
exiting with no bases left behind by the end of 2011. However, there is
talk from the military, national political leaders and the media that
U.S. troops may have to stay longer.
[continued from UFPJ site]
We must not
forget the occupation of Iraq. It is
not over. U.S. troop presence continues impede Iraqi domestic politics
from progressing. The people of Iraq cannot negotiate with each other
unhampered under the threat of continued if U.S. troop presence. The
Obama Administration must pull out all troops within the agreed time
frame or earlier. We must push the Administration to stick to the
agreement. There are powerful people who want the troops to stay.
anti-war/peace movements must counter their influence.
Raed Jarrar provides excellent analysis of the mood in Iraq and
the effects of delayed U.S. troop withdrawal possibilities:
Iran is a country that hasn’t attacked
a neighbor in more than 200
years. Even when Saddam Hussein invaded Iran after the 1979 Revolution
and, with support from the West, used chemical weapons against both
civilians and combatants, the Islamic Republic did not retaliate in
kind. And yet the U.S. government claims that Iran represents a serious
threat to the Middle East region and the entire world. Without a shred
of evidence, the U.S. charges that Iran's program to develop nuclear
power for peaceful energy purposes is just a cover to develop nuclear
weapons. Never mentioned is the fact that, as a signatory to the U.N.'s
Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Iran's right to develop nuclear
energy is enshrined in international law.
Kewl sign on health care.
Just a few months ago, the
U.N's International Atomic Energy Chief, Mohammed ElBardai, the person
responsible for monitoring compliance with that treaty, stated that
“Nobody is sitting in Iran today developing nuclear weapons. Tehran
doesn’t have an ongoing nuclear weapons program. But somehow, everyone
in the West is talking about how Iran’s nuclear program is the greatest
threat to the world.” (Interview with the Bulletin of the Atomic
Scientists, Sept. 2009) Instead, warning of world disaster if Iran
should succeed in its imaginary goal of obtaining nuclear arms,
Washington argues that Iran must be forcefully brought to its knees,
through a combination of increasingly crippling sanctions, taking
advantage of Iran's internal divisions and preparing for a possible
That's fellow Delaware
Valley Veterans for America member R.W. Dennen holding the flag.
Can't Wait about the battle of Marjah in Afghanistan:
Dancing away to the home-made instruments band.