previous article was on the Egyptians’ views on the future
“war on Iraq”. Now I am continuing this series, about
the war America is trying to start with Iraq, with an article about
the Anti- War movements here in America.
Saturday, the 15th of February, New Yorkers, as well as many people
from other states, came to join in the biggest protest since Vietnam.
from almost every direction towards the United Nations building
on 49th and 1st, however the police blocked 1st avenue so people
protested on 2nd avenue and 3rd avenue, stretching as far as ten
blocks. Organizers claimed that a couple 100,000 people came while
the Police Commissioner estimated that there were only 100,000 protesters.
of people came prepared with some great posters that looked like
they took lots of time to create. A couple said, “War is expensive,
peace is cheap”. There were many that said, “The world
says no to war”. This poster came in many languages. Another
poster said, “Drop Bush, not Bombs”. “U.S. foreign
policy is terrorism”. “Estimated dead and wounded in
Iraq war 500,000 Iraqis, does Emperor Bush care?” Many of
the posters were about peace as well as critical interpretations
of the Bush administration. The posters came in English, Arabic,
Hebrew, and even Spanish, like many of the chants and songs that
were being sung while many marched the streets. “What do we
want? Peace. When do we want it? Now.” Many different groups
sang this chant throughout the protest. Many were also saying, “Whose
streets are these? Our streets.” This chant was sung against
the cops forcing them to move to the sidewalks.
This anti war movement is not only among American citizens. This feeling has spread to over 350 cities worldwide, with millions joining to say no to the Bush administration’s urge to enter into a war against the country of Iraq. Now it is the world that is backing one another, a multilateral approach to tell Bush and his administration that going to war with Iraq is not the best option. Whatever may be the underlying reason as to why Bush and his administration are so eager to have a war against Iraq, the people of the world know best to tell them that there is no reason to go to war.
President Bush claims that he is still looking for a peaceful way to end this “conflict” with Iraq. He continues to say that war is a last approach. However, we, as the intelligent people of the world, know that this man is not fully telling his people and the rest of the world the truth. How do we know this? Well, almost everyday we listen in on the news to hear that President Bush has ordered more U.S. troops to the American bases in Kuwait, sent more battle ships to the Arabian Sea, and is trying to use the Turkish bases for more U.S. troops to come. Not only do we hear about the numbers of military entering the Middle East, we also hear President Bush’s continuous speeches, using a more militaristic tone, of how important it is to go into Iraq and end the “threat” it is creating.
As we saw on Saturday, and in the past, we the people are
able to show our opinions and our feelings as to what is going in
current events. We do not have to sit back and let the “leader”
do all of the talking and the action. We must stand up again and
again to let them know how we feel and that if something is happening
that we do not like, our voices will be heard. It is time for President
Bush to know that we the people do not want America to enter itself
in a war with no real reason. He should take a step back and look
at what he is getting himself and his country into
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