Today marks a very ignominious anniversary. Five years ago today, our government launched its invasion of Iraq with promises that it would be a "cakewalk" in which our troops would be hailed as "liberators" by the Iraqi people and be home in time for supper. Well, five years, billions of dollars, thousands of dead American soldiers and hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis later, we're still there with no end in sight.
On March 19 in 2003, I and several of my friends and comrades were arrested in an action in front of the federal courthouse in Camden, New Jersey to protest the beginning of the war. We were right then, and unfortunately the need to engage in struggle to end the war continues. I hope to see you at tonight's anti-war march in Brooklyn, which begins at 6:00PM at Grand Army Plaza and ends at the military recruitment station in downtown Brooklyn. More details can be found here.
Articles of note:
Spencer Ackerman argues that to really fight terrorism, we need to get out of Iraq.
In These Times reports on Iraq Veterans Against the War's recent Winter Solider hearings and the plight of Iraq war vets.
Robert Pollin and Heidi Garrett-Peltier on the economic impact of war.