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Happy Birthday, Iraq! America's with You 'till the Bitter End

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It’s that time of the year again. Six years later, America’s still in Iraq.


America entered its seventh year of war on Iraq---I mean, in Iraq---over the weekend. And once again, those wanting to speak out against the war through rallies, protests, and marches hit the streets for another one of their perennial marches.


We Americans hope you enjoyed this year’s celebration of the anniversary of your liberation and we hope you are not too troubled by the lack of resistance to the inhumane policies being imposed on your people.


Unfortunately, unless this nation’s empire collapses from populist anger, Wall Street bonuses, greed, and corruption, socialism, the end of newspapers, legalized marijuana, atheism, or Burmese pythons in Florida, we will be celebrating your birthday with you until 2011 when we decide whether to occupy you for a few more years or not.


All the distractions from Wall Street and the media delayed this posting, but it’s important to seriously consider how we Americans are going to end this war. Are these wars of occupation ever going to end?


Those in Chicago, who I rally, demonstrate, march, or protest with (usually), went to D.C. for a “March on the Pentagon.” (And, Chicagoans who were unable to travel to D.C. participated in a sixth anniversary event on March 14th about the same time that tens of thousands of Chicagoans were drinking themselves silly during and after Chicago’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.)


I’ve organized with members of a group called World Can’t Wait and Chicago peace, justice, and environment activists for quite some time now. My ambivalence grows each time I participate in another rally, demonstration, march, protest, etc with them though.


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