"A World Against the War" (The Independent)

John M Cox coxj at email.unc.edu
Sun Jan 19 06:39:33 MST 2003

(The New York Times headline this morning was, "Thousands in D.C. Protest
U.S. War Plans"; the coverage in the British "Independent" is somewhat
better, and includes coverage of the demos around the world):

A world against the war

Washington leads demos across globe; Blix heads for Iraq as threat of
conflict grows; Blair tries to calm rebels
By Andy McSmith, Political Editor
19 January 2003

In the biggest day of protest the world has yet seen against a war in
Iraq, from Washington to Tokyo, Liverpool to Damascus, hundreds of
thousands of demonstrators across four continents took to the streets

The US was the scene of the biggest anti-war demonstration of George
Bush's presidency, with tens of thousands of people braving freezing
weather to join protests in Washington, San Francisco and other cities,
despite the near-unanimous support for war on Capitol Hill and in the US

There was also a series of smaller anti-war demonstration in Great
Britain, including a two-hour protest outside the Permanent Joint
Headquarters of the British Armed Forces in Northwood, north London. There
were anti-war rallies or vigils in Bradford, Bristol, Hereford, Liverpool
and Glasgow.

There were similar demonstrations across France and Germany, in Russia,
Ireland, New Zealand, Japan, Pakistan and in the Middle East. One of the
largest was in the Syrian capital, Damascus.

full article:

Global protest delivers a resounding 'No'
Anti-war protests: Hundreds of thousands of people around the world stage
mass demonstrations against conflict with Iraq
By Jo Dillon, James Morrison and Andrew Buncombe
19 January 2003

They united in protest. A builder in Bradford, a Glasgow nurse, a London
office worker and his opposite number in Tokyo, a Vietnam veteran in
Washington DC and a Russian bank clerk, a Pakistani schoolboy, a Cairo
shopworker, a Parisian housewife and a doctor in Damascus. They all came
together in a single act of defiance. Hundreds of thousands of people
across the world joined in a common aim, across cultural divides and
language barriers to say "No".

As around 100,000 troops from Britain and America made their way to the
Gulf, their numbers were dwarfed by the ranks of ordinary men and women
who took to the streets in cities around the world to condemn war on Iraq.
And the demonstrators' clear message to their leaders was echoed in a
swelling chorus of generals, defence experts, actors, musicians, writers
and artists speaking out against threatened military action.

Their call may not be heeded but it was loud enough to be heard.

In Washington, American citizens staged the biggest peace demonstration
since the days of the Vietnam war. "I'm a Vietnam veteran," said David
Mastrianni, 55, a software engineer from Southington, Connecticut, who had
travelled down with his wife, Nancy, determined to protect against
"another generation being sent off to war"....

Gunter Grass, writer

Once again, the issue is oil. The web of pretence which usually conceals
the interests of the world's last remaining superpower and her chorus of
allies has been worn away to expose the true interests of power. They are
revealed in all their hubris as shameless, a danger to the public

Corin Redgrave, actor

It's not only those of us in the arts who are opposed to this  it's the
church, the medical profession, people in public service. We are talking
about a criminal adventure that is going to tear the heart out of British
society. To make their views heard, people should be thinking about acts
of civil disobedience...

Salman Rushdie, writer

There is a strong case for a "regime change" in Iraq. The complicating
factor is the US's approach which looks like bullying because, well, it is
bullying. If the US reserves the right to attack any country it doesn't
like the look of, then those who don't like the look of the US might
return the compliment...

full article:

John Cox
Chapel Hill, NC

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