Five years of war - protests in Brooksville listen03/19/08 SeÃ¡n Kinane
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Today begins the sixth year of the U.S. occupation of Iraq. In Brooksville, 65 people called for peace to mark the anniversary of the invasion.
Twenty-four counter-demonstrators, who support continuing the U.S. occupation of Iraq, also chanted and held signs alongside them at the Hernando County Courthouse.
Brooksville resident and World War II veteran Joseph Murphy held a sign that said â€œJail Bushâ€ because he believes that after a fair trial, President George W. Bush would be found guilty of crimes against the country.
Jeannie from Clearwater wore a shredded dress that has U.S. Constitution printed on it. She held a sign that said â€œBushâ€™s war, your $.â€
But Maxine Kolbe, from Brookridge in Hernando County, said she supports the troops and doesnâ€™t think the war should end.
â€œOh, Iâ€™d love to see it end, but I think if it ends now weâ€™ll have another war. Right now Iâ€™m supporting them by sending care packages.â€
Dick Cofran from Inverness held a sign that read â€œSupport President Bush and our troops.â€ Cofran said that the Middle East would be in more turmoil if the U.S. had not invaded Iraq.
The two-dozen supporters of the continuation of the war were outnumbered by those who opposed the occupation. Protesters pointed out reasons like the warâ€™s $3-trillion price tag, according to Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz; the nearly 4,000 U.S. service personnel who have died in Iraq; the uncounted Americans who have died as private mercenaries in Iraq; and the estimates of more than one million Iraqis who have died.
Diane Parker from Zephyrhills held a sign that read, â€œCreate peace.â€
The coalition of groups organizing this rally and others noting the five-year anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq was called five years of war.
John Palm had a table set up for people to sign petitions to impeach President Bush. He said about 50 people had signed.
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