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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Atlantans to mark sixth year of Iraq War

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Today marks the sixth anniversary of the Iraq war. Since it began on March 19, 2003 the war has cost the United States more than $600 billion dollars with an estimated $440-$865 billion expected to be spent in the next 10 years according to the Congressional Budget Office. With six years past the end is still not in sight, even with the new administration. Although Obama was against the war when it began he has appointed a Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, who voted for the war and his current plan calls for 127,000 troops to remain in Iraq until the end of this year and for 50,000 troops to remain at least until the end of 2011. More than 4,250 American troops have died since the start of the war and another 36,000 wounded. In Iraq the toll has been much higher with an estimate of at least 91,121 Iraqi civiliians killed during the war. The drinking water in Baghdad is still mostly undrinkable. The war started by the United States was begun on the false premise that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. These weapons, six years later, have still never been found. Leading to a great loss of creditability for the United States throughout the world. So now, given all the death and destruction, one must ask — was this war worth it?

Today in Atlanta there are several events to mark the anniversary. At 3:00 p.m. there will be a forum at Georgia State University in room 24 of GSU's Aderhold Learning Center at 60 Luckie Street. Speakers include Iraqi native Raed Jarrar, who has been featured on Western media outlets as an Iraq War expert, and Jason Hurd, the southeast regional director of Iraq Veterans Against the War.  At 5:00 p.m. there will be a march led by veterans. The march will leave  Woodruff Park at 5 p.m. and end at the CNN Center.  The day will end with a free concert at 8 p.m. at Metropolitan Warehouses, 675 Metropolitan Parkway (fishmarket D-125) with music by Futureshock, The Black Pockets, Contraverse and The Wild. More info

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