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Iraq War Anniversary Sparks Worldwide Demos

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Written by Scott Gilbert

Around the world hundreds of thousands gathered in their respective cities to protest the ongoing war in Iraq. Since the invasion, there has been an annual demonstration on March 17th, the day marking the anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. It is interesting to note that these demonstrations, although being focused on the situation in Iraq, and now branching out to cover a range of other issues.

A quick glance at images of the worldwide protests shows that the other issues high on the agenda are Palestine, Afghanistan, the 9/11 cover-up and the potential for war with Iran. Signs read everything from “Stop the 9/11 Cover-Up” and “Re-Defeat Bush” to old classics like “No Blood for Oil”.

Many protesters are demanding an immediate withdrawal of US (and other) forces from the occupied land, despite the continued violence. The Bush administration continue to argue that an immediate withdrawal would leave little security and be devastating to as yet unfinished reconstruction effort. Opponents, however, say that the reconstruction is just a hoax, a scam to earn big bucks for companies like Haliburton, CACI and Blackwater. These claims are based largely on the fact that these companies, many of them have direct connections to the Bush administration, have already made billions of dollars off reconstruction, while seemingly very little has been done.

The current Iraq war is supposedly the most privatized war in all of history, with everything from laundry to cooking being contracted out to US companies at incredibly high costs ($99 for a load of laundry and over $40 for a 6 pack of pop).

The 2007 protest in Toronto was smaller than in years past. When the US first invaded Iraq, the mass of citizens that came out to demonstrate was easily twice as large than the one two weekends ago. The weather this year was rather frigid during the march, which may have contributed to the overall, rather small turn out. However, all across the country various groups held their own small demonstrations to mark the anniversary of the invasion and to demand a halt to the growing violence.

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