City of Roses
I do find these protests very relevant indeed.
I understand on the day of the second anniversary of the war in Iraq, there was a thread that was started here where it was argued, "Hey, dozens of countries worldwide had people going out to protest the war in Iraq, but you know who's not protesting? IRAQ! What's up with that?"
Among those who haven't opposed the war in Iraq, I do recognize that is understandable behavior to have, as I don't believe any of us can truly ever begin to fathom exactly what the citizens of Iraq are feeling each and every moment.
But THIS protest really is symbolic of the urgency of this situation in Iraq and really speaks out once and for all that the real key ingredient in taming all the attacks, all the bloodshed, and speeding up the peoples democracy in Iraq is for this occupation to end once and for all. That's the only "turning point" that will really matter.
This particular protest is especially important because it was held on the second anniversary of the toppling of Saddam Hussein. I've already stressed and can't stress enough how scary and freightening this senseless war in Iraq has been to the world, and it is absolutely freightening to me when now they are putting Bush and Blair in the same triangle as Hussein, their "Triangle of Death". I figured that would happen, and I believe it's only hurting the world by prolonging this unpopular invasion.
All those Iraqis obviously are brave, determined people who really are summoning the will to start over, to begin a new era together in their own hands. Absolutely seeing them all go out risking their lives to vote that January day was extraordinary. They knew it was their one chance, one golden opportunity to have their voices heard. They wanted independence, independence from terror and foreign occupation.
I believe in recent months the people of Iraq have been trying to be as patient as they can, eager to take their new beginning the next step forward. But the fact is, the occupation continues, with no end in sight.
And THAT'S the spiking horse to what encouraged this massive protest. More and more now realize those maintaining the occupation are not moving to their interests, and should nothing change, the next major protest will eclipse this one, and so forth.
I believe we can all agree that the Iraqis have that determination for democracy in both their eyes and their hearts. We should acknowledge their needs, their desires, and I believe this quote from a rally speaker summed it out perfectly:
"We want a stable Iraq and this will only happen through independence. There will be no security and stability unless the occupiers leave. The occupiers must leave my country."
I certainly hope these words can reach the ears of our administration and that they can be moved by this democracy in action.
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"