Saturday, October 26, 2002

Protest Against a War in Iraq

I just returned from the anti-war protest sponsored by International A.N.S.W.E.R. (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) held today in Washington D.C. against American agression in Iraq. It was, despite the presence of Cynthia McKinney, a really neat event. Finally it seems that Americans are no longer fearing terrorism enough to let that fear suppress dissent. It is not anti-American to have views that differ from the mainstream or our government's policies; And this rally represented. An online People's Anti-War Referendum for those wishing to publicly declare their feelings against action in Iraq can be found here.

It also was a reminder that there were too few people in the American Congress like Senator Paul Wellstone of Minnesota, who along with his wife, daughter, and staffers were killed yesterday in a plane crash. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family members of all of the victims. Whether or not one agreed with Senator Wellstone's politics, he was admired for his steadfastness in his views--regardless of politics. There are too few politicians in this country with the courage and backbone that Senator Wellstone posessed.


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