Saturday, April 29, 2006

Same Signs, Different Pastels

After living here in the city for going on four years now, I've started to become desensitized (to the point of eye-rolling and groaning) to any and every protest that takes place here. If you're determined enough, there's always some Bush-bashing, anti-American, "Let's just all love each other" gathering to be found. It's literally impossible to stroll around Union Square without getting an earfull from some bearded hippie wearing a Che t-shirt with a bullhorn who preaches the evils of BushCo.

So it was no surprise to me to find that there was another anti-war protest that marched down Broadway today. The Trifecta of Peace (Sheehan, Sharpton, Sarandon) was there to ensure their names and faces didn't go more than two days without gracing the news. But more than voicing opposition to the war in Iraq, this gathering was also intended as a pre-emptive march for peace concerning Iran.

Organizers said the march was also meant to oppose any military action against Iran, which is facing international criticism over its nuclear program. The event was organized by the group United for Peace and Justice.

“We’ve been lied to, and they’re going to lie to us again to bring us a war in Iran,” said Marjori Ramos, 43, of New York. “I’m here because I had a lot of anger, and I had to do something.”

What's amusing about this is that no longer is the Bush administration the sole party responsible for "lying to us." Now it appears these people are suspicious of anyone who criticizes Iran and it's policies. Nevermind their recent threat to disregard any U.N. sanctions. Pay no mind to the calls for Israel's eradication from the map. Let's all just live and let live.


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