PPRC Friday Rally and March Condemns Bush Administration’s Neo-Con Policies and Lies About Iraq Occupation, Calls for US Troops to Come Home.

Event: PPRC Friday Rally and March Condemns Bush Administration’s Neo-Con Policies and Lies About Iraq Occupation.
Date: Friday, November 14th, 2003
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Place: Pioneer Courthouse Square

The Portland Peaceful Response Coalition 5:00 p.m. Friday rally and march for peace at Pioneer Courthouse Square returns to the US occupation of Iraq, condemning the Bush Administration’s policies and calling for US troops to be brought home. "This criminal invasion of Iraq has turned into a classic colonial war," said Mikel Clayhold, a volunteer with the PPRC. "US soldiers are now paying the price for the civilian casualties from US bombing, for Paul Bremer’s failure to restore basic services and security for the Iraqi people, and for the brazen moves to turn over Iraq’s national wealth to Bush ’s crony capitalist friends." Clayhold noted the dramatic drop in Bush’s approval ratings as more Americans begin to recognize the Bush Administration’s willingness to trade US soldiers’ lives for the corporate war profiteering of Haliburton and Bechtel. "This war, and the entire so-called ‘war on terror’, has been a grand strategy to further enrich the business interests that put Bush into the White House," said Clayhold, "and as more soldiers die for these corrupt and failed policies, the citizens of this nation are waking up, and speaking out."

"The recent attack on the Italian forces in Iraq, today’s decision by Japan to not send troops, and the attacks on the Red Cross and UN facilities are all tragic symptoms of a policy that was doomed from the beginning," said William Seaman, another PPRC volunteer. "And when they write the history of this shameful period, among the top culprits will be the corporate news media which went along with the lies and false patriotism with an enthusiasm that would have impressed even Joseph Goebbels." Seaman said that Paul Bremer’s return to Washington for emergency discussions highlights the panic now moving through the Bush Administration. "They’re now considering proposals almost identical to the plans outlined by Germany and France, plans that Bush’s neo-con war advisors rejected only months ago," said Seaman. "The only question that US citizens now face is how active they should be in pressuring Washington today, right now, to bring the US troops home." Seaman said that an immediate transition to an international, UN-administered de-colonization process was the only hope for reducing casualties among soldiers now stationed in Iraq.

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