Saturday, March 21, 2009
Iraq Protesters Mark 6th Anniversary
Iraq protesters marked the 6th anniversary in Washington D.C. Xinhua News:
Although participation is shrinking, anti-war protestors still marked the sixth anniversary of the start of the Iraq war across the country on Thursday.
A group of war veterans made a modest protest near the White House in the morning.
Known as "Iraq Veterans Against the War," the group said it would hold a three-day vigil outside the White House to call for ending "occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan."
Adam Kokesh, who served in Iraq, was critical of President Barack Obama's Iraq and Afghanistan policies.
"Relabeling the remaining forces in Iraq 'non-combat troops' will not change the fact that these occupations are being perpetuated to maintain a criminal empire," he said.
Obama is known for his long opposition to the war but recently he has frustrated some of his anti-war supporters for his failure to stick to a campaign promise to withdraw all U.S. combat troops within 16 months after taking office.
In announcing his war plan last month, the president opted for an 18-month timetable to moderate military commanders' resistance to a quick withdrawal from Iraq.
His decision to keep a large presence of 50,000 "non-combat" forces after August next year didn't please many Democrats either.
"No matter how Obama spins a surge into Afghanistan, it's still a criminal occupation and we don't want it," said Bryan Casler, another veteran.
In New York, hundreds of protesters held a demonstration in Union Square, saying that while they welcomed the change in American government, they would not relent in urging Obama to accelerate the withdrawal of combat forces from Iraq.
The protests were perhaps more muted than the massive demonstrations of years past, but no less fervent.
Debra Sweet, 57, one of the protest organizers, told the New York Times that the Obama administration has continued the policy of secret renditions of terrorism suspects.
Matthis Chiroux, a 25-year-old Army veteran expressed impatience with the president.
"Obama's policies just confirmed to me that the president may have changed, but the war is the same," he said.
I have to hand it to these protesters for treating Obama's Illegal Occupation of Iraq - his War for Oil - the same as they did under the previous administration.
The hypocrites are all the Obedient Pillow-Biting Pbama Cultists who suddenly are all just fine with Warmonger Pbama's Iraq withdraw timetable when they've been bitching and insisting for an "immediate withdraw" for the past 3-4 years.
Pbama is a bloodthirsty, heartless, cruel Warmonger. The End.
* Protest images credit: Xinhua Photo
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