March 15th marked the 5 year anniversary of the US war on Iraq. An organization called Stop The War Machine used the occasion to hold a demonstration and march around the perimeter of UNM campus as well locations within the campus.

Organizers hold that the UNM Center for Science, Technology & Policy as well as other departments on campus function as war profiteers in their pursuit of technology which is used by Lockheed Martin and other weapon's manufactures to produce the weapons which are sold to the US Government for profit to be used in wars.

The march was well organized and there seemed to be a generally good rapport with the police. A police escort cleared the way for a lane of Central to be used during the March and the officers stationed throughout the route were generally polite... unlike the march that took place in 2003 One officer was snapping pictures of people who were participating. When asked why he was taking pictures he answered "Why not?".

Before the March began organizers spoke to a crowd of what looked like a couple of hundred people, maybe more. Memorable speakers were Bob Anderson a former UNM professor who has lost his job for his anti-war sentiments and actions as well as been arrested at UNM for speaking out at a meeting concerning the advancement of Nuclear Weapons technology, as well as Maria Santelli, host of Ch. 27's Indy Media Live, who discussed the proceedings of the current Winter Soldier Investigations going on this weekend. Indy Media Live airs on Public Access Channel 27 on Fridays at 7pm.

To date nearly 4,000 U.S. men and women have been killed in the War on Iraq as well as nearly 90,000 civilian deaths.

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Comment by Donny Ozmund on March 15, 2008 at 10:57pm
Thanks for the report; I wish I could have made it out for that, but I was busy all day with kids soccer games and a birthday party at Hoots....
"We Don't Need No More Trouble" - Bob Marley
Comment by Benny the Icepick on March 16, 2008 at 11:05am
A.G., he's upped it to 10,000:
Comment by Dr Dan on March 17, 2008 at 12:51pm
I was on the north side of campus on Lomas when I sw cops all over every street on UNM, curious I turned at the business school and saw the protest, shame on me for forgetting the anniversary, but I snaped a few photos before the march started, looked like a good turnout
Comment by Rodrigues on March 17, 2008 at 7:22pm
I'm confused about how "Clueless but evil" doesn't make sense?
Comment by SoyJames on March 18, 2008 at 11:16am
"Clueless AND Evil"?
or maybe a better phrase would have been:
"Clueless. But Still Evil."
Comment by SoyJames on March 18, 2008 at 11:28am
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Comment by bleve on March 18, 2008 at 8:09pm
90,000 innocent deaths might warrant some "whining"... if you're into that whole right to live, human decency thing.
Comment by Phil_0 on March 18, 2008 at 8:50pm
@Granjero: you've come up with some doozies during your time on the fix, but "he's either clueless OR he's evil. Not sure you can be both..." is probably your most clueless statement yet. Jesus Christ, pick up a history book.
Comment by Phil_0 on March 18, 2008 at 9:16pm
...OR he's so arrogant, close-minded, and incurious that he believes he's doing good, somehow ignoring the reams of evidence that he's really doing evil.

Once again: he's doing evil because he believes he's doing good and ignores the evidence to the contrary.

Like literally hundreds of leaders throughout history.

Are you seriously suggesting someone's actions can't be evil if they themselves believe they're good?
Comment by bleve on March 18, 2008 at 11:02pm
Well, there are those that believed there were weapons of mass destruction, were proven wrong and are willing to utter any rationalization that the current administration's press person will spew forth. Those rationalizations, no matter how hard one may try, don't match the facts.

I'll let you in on a little secret... there was no insurgency before we got there. There was a brutal dictator who the US was instrumental in putting into power. That dictator did gas his people and the US said nothing about it at the time because he was our "ally". He gassed his people with weapons sold to him by American companies.

If you want to talk about the subjugation of women why not start in one of the most brutal states on the planet... Saudi Arabia, which doesn't really hold a high regard for human rights. In spite of the Saudis horrible record on human rights the bush administration just sold $20 Billion dollars in advanced a... Let us not forget that the majority of the hijackers that attacked the US on September 11, 2001 which killed 3,000 people and for what this bogus war was supposedly started for, were from Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia is one of the biggest exporters of terror on the planet and they are our "ally". Its not exactly a secret either that the Saudis are funding the insurgency in Iraq that is killing our young men and women over there.

I for one do not think that Bush is clueless, I think he knows exactly what he is doing which makes it even more frightening. As for evil, I believe his record speaks for itself.

I'd like to point out that these are facts, this is not a snarky political pondering. People are dead because of decisions made by our leaders, and people are getting extremely rich by those decisions also.

I would hope that when dealing with topics that involve the life and death and the infinite misery that comes about through war, that one would educate themselves in order to give the topic the respect it deserves.


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