Vigil for official 3000th US death in Iraq

Military spokesmen announced yesterday the three thousandth US soldier’s death in Iraq, not counting the 25% more dead American mercenaries. Several local peace organizations have been planning a candlelight vigil to commemorate those lives sacrificed to our tragic warmongering in the name of “freedom.” Everybody’s welcome.
Acacia Park, downtown, Monday, January 1st, 5pm sundown.

Come, if you feel anything still for our soldiers losing their lives in Iraq. Soldiers who could possibly be knowing better by now that their orders are immoral and illegal. Soldiers who could exercise their own freedom and decline to participate in the further destruction of Iraq and its people. The US casualty count is up to 3,000 US, but that’s not even the average number of Iraqis who are killed every month under our occupation. That wouldn’t be happening if not for our boys.

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3 Responses to Vigil for official 3000th US death in Iraq

  1. Avatar Jonah says:

    hey dude…
    I would be down there with y’all tonight, but I had my ankle fused the first of December, and can’t walk on it for a while. If you want a really neat other demonstration, there is a Scots ritual called Flowers o’ the Forest, sort of a memorial day for all the members of one’s clan who passed away in the last year.

    Since I consider everybody in the world as my family, I should do something like that with you guys.

    it involves a lone piper (or flautist, in my case) playing the song Flowers of the Forest. I have it on disk too, some Irish group called The Three Tenors.

    Very beautiful song. It is (in Scots families) ONLY performed for funerals or other memorials. They NEVER sing it or play it at home.

    While looking for the score to it I came across about 200 flowers of the forest sites for the various clans, probably more than that, as I stopped looking after I got the score.

    Anyhows, if you want to set up a Flowers of the Forest type memorial, let me know. My email is the same on and but I haven’t checked the last for a while. Also I couldn’t ride my funky crazy bicycle even if I still had it. Meaning you would have to transport me there and back. I stopped by the shop a couple months ago and played flute for a while. Nobody else was there.

  2. Avatar Jonah says:

    Oh yeah, my website is paid for and the domain set up but I haven’t got anything set up on it yet.
    Going global, babies!!

  3. Avatar Tony Logan says:

    This vigil was both a success and yet a pitiful failure by the religous Left once again.

    The success part was that 25 people showed up on a cold and dark night to show their concern about the Iraq war. Plus, our presence there was given the best possible coverage on two of the local TV channels. We at least got press mention that some local people were in opposition to the general direction our society is taking and could actually get out of their cells and do an activity together with each other.

    Now the failure part of the event. We publicized it hardly at all. We had no younger people show up. Plus, the event was the usual demoralized and disjointed semi-religious affair that the religious Left always does, candles and all.

    The back drop for our vigil was the public bathrooms of Acacia Park in downtown Colorado Springs, and after a brief introduction to the media, we set off single file around the square. Each corner had a single somebody spouting a religious view of their opposition, and the candle holders and filer-byers didn’t really know whether to stop respectfully and listen, or to continue rounding the 4 corners in the dark in bits and pieces of our single line?

    No cars hardly were in the street, and Christmas carols continued blaring forth from the local church’s speaker system, Christmas carols that had earlier merged with the ‘taps’ we had also going to mark the 3,000th US fatality. All in all, a totally bizarre event, and one that hardly served to animate.

    One other participant asked me, the atheist, where were all the Christians? I responded that some of them were here, in fact. He looked rather sarcastic, laughing half at it, and said, ‘Yeah, the real ones.’ What could you say? I restrained myself from saying, that the real Christians were more with Bush. After all, what is real, and what is not these days?

    We now look ahead to much the same sort of event in about a week, when a few relgious orinetd people will stroll out of the PPJPC offices towards Salazar’s and Allard’s downtown offices once again. We will stand there for 15 minutes or so with a banner or two, hope that the press shows up to paste together some sort of coverage of our ‘opposition’, and then we will go back home. One can hardly call this an activist approach.

    What is not in the works, is any effort to reach out and involve the community, and in particular, youth in protest. They don’t go to church so much, and the more elderly
    church mice just refuse to reach out and try to involve them in their pacifist ways. They say they just won’t do anything at all, so why make the effort? This is a particularly hopeless and defeatist attitude, and one guaranteed to keep opposition to the war small and controlled by the liberal church people.

    As counterpoint, there is a national mobilization that will occur on March 17-18 in some cities around the country. Let’s hope that the local PPJPC can be convinced to do something similar to the marches and rallies that will happen elsewhere? It’s time that Colorado Springs actually put together a short march and a short rally not totally devoted to pacifist religiosity.

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