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    Activists seek peaceful solution to Iraq crisis
    Friday, January 17, 2003 Posted: 2:22 PM EST (1922 GMT)



    Anti-war activist Ron Kovic acknowledges the crowd during a recent peace rally in Los Angeles, California.



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    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fearing war could start in weeks, protesters are massing in Washington and cities around the country to press for a peaceful way out of the crisis with Iraq and an end to America's own weapons of mass destruction.

    The weekend demonstrations coincide with America's military buildup in the Persian Gulf region and a time of remembrance for the nonviolent struggle embodied by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Even as U.S. military personnel ship out, protesters are packing Washington-bound buses and organizing local marches and vigils from Tampa, Florida to San Francisco, California.

    "We are attacking a poor country that has enough problems," said Al Svitesic, a retired pile driver and World War II veteran who will be rallying in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania next week. "It is unjust."

    The largest crowds are expected in the nation's capital, where President Bush and many in Congress are united on the move toward war and protest leaders hope they can draw tens of thousands, at least, to march in dissent.

    White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said Bush will be at his Camp David presidential retreat over the weekend, but has no problem with the protests.

    "The president welcomes the fact that we are a democracy and that people in the United States, unlike Iraq, are free" to protest, he said. "The fact of the matter is the people who support the president are not going to take the streets" and demand Saddam to disarm.

    Police said Friday they will be ready for trouble but don't expect much. They've been in close touch with demonstrators.

    "They say it's going to be peaceful and our hopes and goals are not to make arrests," said Sgt. Joe Gentile, speaking for the force. "We've met with the organizers. They don't plan any civil disobedience."

    Nonviolent civil disobedience was pledged by other demonstrators in a smaller rally planned Sunday outside the White House. Gentile said a "few arrests" were likely in that event.

    The organization International Answer planned the national rally Saturday in Washington and one in San Francisco, exhorting war opponents everywhere to "stop the Bush administration from threatening and killing the people of the world who are not our enemy."



    http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/01/17/ant....ap/index.html

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    Activists seek peaceful solution to Iraq crisis
    Friday, January 17, 2003 Posted: 2:22 PM EST (1922 GMT)



    Anti-war activist Ron Kovic acknowledges the crowd during a recent peace rally in Los Angeles, California.



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    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fearing war could start in weeks, protesters are massing in Washington and cities around the country to press for a peaceful way out of the crisis with Iraq and an end to America's own weapons of mass destruction.

    The weekend demonstrations coincide with America's military buildup in the Persian Gulf region and a time of remembrance for the nonviolent struggle embodied by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Even as U.S. military personnel ship out, protesters are packing Washington-bound buses and organizing local marches and vigils from Tampa, Florida to San Francisco, California.

    "We are attacking a poor country that has enough problems," said Al Svitesic, a retired pile driver and World War II veteran who will be rallying in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania next week. "It is unjust."

    The largest crowds are expected in the nation's capital, where President Bush and many in Congress are united on the move toward war and protest leaders hope they can draw tens of thousands, at least, to march in dissent.

    White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said Bush will be at his Camp David presidential retreat over the weekend, but has no problem with the protests.

    "The president welcomes the fact that we are a democracy and that people in the United States, unlike Iraq, are free" to protest, he said. "The fact of the matter is the people who support the president are not going to take the streets" and demand Saddam to disarm.

    Police said Friday they will be ready for trouble but don't expect much. They've been in close touch with demonstrators.

    "They say it's going to be peaceful and our hopes and goals are not to make arrests," said Sgt. Joe Gentile, speaking for the force. "We've met with the organizers. They don't plan any civil disobedience."

    Nonviolent civil disobedience was pledged by other demonstrators in a smaller rally planned Sunday outside the White House. Gentile said a "few arrests" were likely in that event.

    The organization International Answer planned the national rally Saturday in Washington and one in San Francisco, exhorting war opponents everywhere to "stop the Bush administration from threatening and killing the people of the world who are not our enemy."



    http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/01/17/ant....ap/index.html

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    • #3
      I hope if there are a few terrorists hanging around the country that they do us a favor and set off a few bombs where ever these peace-nics
      are having their flower power rally. Do these folks have a clue??? Korea is threatning us with nuclear war. Their hero Clinton auctioned off super computor technology to the highest bidder(China)for campaign cash.They in turn gave it to their buddys the North Koreans. Now China and N. Korea are capable of lobing a nuke right into the heart of gay ol San Francisco. Being as we have 35,000 of our troups on the border of North and South Korea we are going to have to take a different approach with them at least until we can extract our troups. We have leverage there as China depends on the US for about 1/3 of its cash flow . We have no such leverage with Iraq as we get oil from them but they don't really need our money . they have plenty of their own. So what do you suppose would happen if Iraq developes it's nuclear arsenal fully and points one at England or Isreal or France or Germany?? Guess who would have to go save their bacon once again?? And it would be iffy under those conditions. And that is if they aren't wiped out entirely in a first strike. So it makes much more sense to strike BEFORE any of that happens wouldn't you think?? If it's a choice between London and Iraq are you still for not going after them?? If left alone ,that WILL be the choice in a few years. The anti- America Democrats already sold us out once. I think it's time they shut up

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      • #4
        Okay Pro War, do you have brothers, sons, brother-in-laws, and lovers that would volunteer to put their own asses on the line to fight? Hurry up to mobilize them; and don't forget to attach your own *** to theirs (if you're a woman get a sex change!)

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        • #5
          LOL PO!

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          • #6
            Yes. I have a son in the Army Rangers101 Airborn. And while I am afraid for him I am also grateful that there are others like him that think this country is worth standing up for. And he realizes the future threat from Iraq will be far greater if they are left to finish making nuclear weapons.If it weren't for men such as my son ,who do you think would have made it possible for us to be having this debate today??Peace through apeasement doesn't last long. Clinton gave North Korea what they wanted the last time and now they are going to use what they said they had to have for energy to warm their people ,for bombs. Do you REALLY think that IRAQ will stop building up their arsenal if left alone??You are talking about a man who built 150 grand palaces for himself while his people are starving. We are trying to save them from him before it is to late for all of us. It's too bad that people don't bother to research a topic before they start these protests.

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            • #7
              Iraq is not Al Qaeda. Iraq has not nuclear weapons. It poses no risk to the world. America just wants to make war.

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              • #8
                BAGHDAD, Iraq

                Saddam Hussein proclaimed Friday that Iraq is ready for war with the United States and warned that his enemies would face "suicide" at the gates of Baghdad. Saddam's strong words added to an atmosphere of urgency that followed the discovery Thursday of 12 empty chemical warheads in Iraq "” a find described by U.S. officials as "troubling and serious."

                With a second Gulf War looming, a defiant Saddam used the 12th anniversary of the first conflict to tell the world he would defend Baghdad against the United States "” despite reports that Arab leaders were trying to persuade him to choose exile instead. In a 40-minute televised address, Saddam said his nation was fully mobilized and called on Iraqis to "hold your swords and guns up high" as a warning to those "who might be under the illusion" that Iraq "will not stand firm." "The people of Baghdad have resolved to compel the Mongols of this age to commit suicide on its walls," Saddam said, comparing the Americans with the Asian warriors who destroyed the city more than 800 years ago. "Everyone who tries to climb over its walls ... will fail in his attempt."

                Baghdad's ruler at the time surrendered in exchange for his life and that of his family "” but Hologu reneged on the deal and executed him. The spirit of Hologu has returned to possess some, Saddam said Friday, and "the Hologu army of this age has come to fight Baghdad ... but the new Hologu will never control Baghdad or the great Iraq."

                In his speech, Saddam made repeated references to the defense of Baghdad, suggesting that if attacked, he plans to rally his troops around the capital to inflict as many casualties as possible on U.S. forces. Saddam depicted the events of 1991 as a victory because Iraq stood up to a superpower and his regime survived. As Saddam finished his speech, several thousand Iraqis took to the streets of Baghdad to voice support for the president.

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                • #9
                  USA needs help against to destroy a THIRD WORLD COUNTRY. That's a joke, and we need the help of NATO so we can win. we have all this technology and we still worry lol.
                  in my view, it is not fair to attack a third world country, that's a coward move especially if they have been under sanction and usa was enjoying building weapons and modern weapons.
                  What a shame.

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