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Iraq War Protest: Two Years Later

Posted by MP / February 15, 2006

On February 15th, 2003, I decided to go down to the protest March against the Iraq war. I hadn’t actually been to a protest since the first Gulf War in 1991. At that march, I had become disillusioned with the activist crowd: their conformity, simplistic sloganeering and lack of constructive solutions alienated me. But something compelled me to go to this one. Plus, since President George Bush was about to bomb Iraq, again, it seemed appropriate.

It was a particularly cold winter day even by Montreal standards. All the same, a couple hundred thousand people came out that day, along with millions of others around the world, to speak out against the upcoming invasion.

Some might say the gesture was futile. It certainly didn’t succeed in turning the tide. Many of us were, and perhaps still are, fairly ignorant of the nuances of geo-politics. But a nagging feeling told us that no good was going to come of this idea. And so today, two years and untold thousands of deaths later, I want to say to the early war cheerleaders: we told you so.

It’s time for all the self-important armchair warriors who publicly supported Bush’s crap to stand up and admit that they were wrong. Michael Ignatieff is only the most high-profile of these types. The Globe and Mail’s Marcus Gee and Norman Spector, and pretty much anyone in the Canwest stable, I’m looking at you. When will you publicly admit your error, and apologize for your part in the deaths of so many people?



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