More War Won’t Bring More Peace

Area peace groups gathered in downtown Traverse City to mark the 6th year of the war on Iraq.

The group of peacemakers listen to local speakers before walking down Front Street and turning down Union Street to gather at the U.S. Post Office.

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Part 1 -Local area speakers at the beginning Peace Walk
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Tim Keenan, a Veit Nam War verteran, spoke to the peacemakers and started the process of reading the names of those who have perished in the Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

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Part 2 - Reading the names of the fallen at the U.S. Post Office
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This was the 7th consecutive year that Traverse City has held an anti-war demonstration and march. Since 2002, 4917 U.S. soldiers have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan recorded a total of 2,118 civilian casualties in Afghanistan in 2008. The death toll represents an increase of almost 40 percent in civilian deaths recorded in 2007. With the U.S. policy of “We don’t do body counts”, it is difficult to obtain exact figures of Iraqi civilian dead. Even though the Americans were not counting, people were dying, and every victim had a name and a family. estimates that 1,312,000 Iraqi civilians have died since 2003. Iraq Refugees International has confirmed extreme conditions among the approximately 1.5 million Iraqi refugees living neighboring countries, as well as the 2.7 million internally displaced persons within Iraq.

As the wars drag into their 7th year, it is time to recognize that more war will not bring more peace. Sponsored by: Veterans for Peace, Chapter 50, Traverse for Peace and Justice, Neahtawanta Center and MidEast:JustPeace.

Part 1 & 2 combined with full screen mode available from Up North 2 online here

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