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Saturday, March 20, 2004


Something worth protesting
I arrived in Seattle yesterday, safe and mostly sound. Today, Lorraine and I went down to Pike Place Market for a while. I had forgotten that today was the first anniversary of the Iraq war, and so I was a little surprised at first, when I saw all the recently dusted-off "No Iraq War" signs here and there. I wanted to let those people know that the Iraq War is already over, and that we won, but I didn't. I wanted to let the people who were holding "No Iran War" signs (how convenient that there's only a letter difference, eh? they can recycle their signs! They should be grateful we're not going after North Korea, because then they'd need all new ones) that there already is an Iran war, of a sort, but I don't think they wanted to hear it. The crazies certainly were out in force (the best sign seen all day was the one decrying the "weapons of the New World Order," including "weather and mind control", but it wasn't honestly that impressive of a protest. If this war really was as evil as they claim, then in a city like Seattle, there should have been at least three times as many protesters out there.

But there was another protest, a smaller one, that was much smaller (probably about two dozen people or so), but far more important. (It was also much better situated, sitting right outside of Westlake Center.) They were Kurds, protesting the bloody crackdown on Kurds and reformists in Syria. I snapped a few shots--they weren't very good, but here they are:

Plenty of people saw them, but I don't know how many people cared, and how many understood that the hope those people have is a direct result of the war being protested just blocks away.

It's interesting. At any of the anti-war/globalization/Bush/democracy protests, you'll see plenty of Palestinian flags, and signs saying things like "no one is free until the Palestinians are free." But no matter how you slice it, the Kurds are at least as oppressed as the Palestinians, but no one cares about them. Not at those protests, anyway.

Incidentally, for a good time, walk past people holding protest signs and talk loudly about how 30,000 children were killed by Saddam Hussein every year, and so by freeing Iraq, America has saved the lives of 30,000 children. They get rather indignant. It's great fun.
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