Five years of war - protests in Brooksville
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03/19/08 Seán 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 “Jail Bush” 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 “Bush’s war, your $.”

But Maxine Kolbe, from Brookridge in Hernando County, said she supports the troops and doesn’t think the war should end.

“Oh, I’d love to see it end, but I think if it ends now we’ll have another war. Right now I’m supporting them by sending care packages.”

Dick Cofran from Inverness held a sign that read “Support President Bush and our troops.” 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 war’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, “Create peace.”

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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