By SARAH KARUSH, Associated Press Writer Thu Mar 20, 1:47 AM ET
Masked protestors are arrested by police after they would not move out of an intersection,...
WASHINGTON - Protesters blocked traffic and government buildings in Washington, acted out a Baghdad street scene in Syracuse, N.Y., and banged drums in a parade through San Francisco on Wednesday to mark the fifth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. In other, more somber observances, organizers set up a 2-mile display of about 4,000 T-shirts in Cincinnati, meant to symbolize the members of the U.S. military killed in Iraq, while in Louisville, Ky., demonstrators lined rows of military boots, sandals and children's tennis shoes on the steps of a courthouse.
Laurie Wolberton of Louisville, Ky., whose son just finished an Army tour of duty in Iraq, said she fears the worsening U.S. economy has caused Americans to forget about the war.
"We're not paying attention anymore," she said. "My son has buried his friends. He's given eulogies, he's had to go through things no one should have to go through, and over here they've forgotten. They just go shopping instead."
On previous anniversaries, tens of thousands of people marched through major U.S. cities, and more than 100,000 gathered on several occasions leading up to the invasion.
Only a few hundred mustered for one of Wednesday's largest gatherings, in Washington[...].
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[WA:Read the article. Read the bold face portion above. "a few hundred", "about a hundred", " a few dozen", etc. Where were the "tens of thousands", the "100,000"? Just handsfull of people dare the bad weather to come out against an illegal war that has slaughtered 4,000 of our sons and daughters, wounded up to 100,000, killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, wounded god knows how many, destroyed 2 nations, made the US universally hated, increased terror cell recruitment a thousand fold, ruined our economy, put your great-great grandchildren in debt for their lifetimes and left to face the blowback of these wars . Why aren't there tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands rising up and DEMANDING impeachment of Bush and Cheney, prison for the Neo-Cons and an end to this damnable war? Where in the hell are AMERICANS?
[ I hear it on every side; I read it on countless blogs and in countless articles - condemnation of the war, condemnation of Bush and his lies, condemnation of our lost jobs and ruined economy. But WHERE is the ACTION? Does the majority of our citizens pin their hopes for the future on War Hawk McCain? Pro-Big Business Bush -Clone Two Faced Lying Hilary? Wall Street backed Obama (guess what camp that puts HIM in? Smells like world domination Big Business.) Are our fellow citizens that dumb and gullible? Or of the "let George do it" mindset? leaving it up to "somebody else". Well folks, we LET GEORGE DO IT and look what it has gotten us.
[The last few sentences of the article:
The Iraq war has been unpopular both abroad and in the United States, although an Associated Press-Ipsos poll in December showed that growing numbers think the U.S. is making progress and will eventually be able to claim some success in Iraq.
[Is THAT it? Tell a big lie often and long enough and the sheeple will believe it. BushCo and the pet poodle mainstream media hammers home over and over, "we're making progress, the surge is working, making progress, the surge is working" on and on. Oh yes, "building democracy, establishing freedom" and the makes-me-want-to-puke, the "keeping America safe", "protecting our freedoms", "war on terror" ad nauseum.
[I'm too old for this. I have to shut the hell up before I have a stroke. WA signing off]
Contributing to this report were Associated Press writers Karen Mahabir in Washington; Dave Collins in Hartford, Conn.; Laura Wides-Munoz in Miami; William Kates in Syracuse, N.Y.; Marcus Wohlsen in San Francisco; Dinesh Ramde in Milwaukee; Stephanie Reitz in Springfield, Mass.; Will Graves in Louisville, Ky.; and Deepti Hajela in New York.