Peace Rally in Buffalo|
by Feyler (Dec.12.2002)
On December 10th, 2002, hundreds of people gathered in Buffalo in solidarity
with people in every country to celebrate Human Rights Day and to protest the
President's war in Iraq.
The war in Iraq is a violation of Human Rights for many reasons. The first and
foremost is that every person has the right to lead a full healthy life. Many
American children from the age of 18 and up will lose their lives at best, and
will be forever enduring a lifelong debilitating illness or disability, possibly
with psychosis, making them dependent for the rest of their lives. But, war and
human rights aren't just about American lives, it is about all life.
An American man who was born in Iraq made the statement, "Do the Iraqis want to
get rid of Saddam? The answer is yes. Do they want war? No. There is another
alternative. Allow the Iraqis to do it." It is important for people to stand up
against others when injustice is being done, and it is equally important to let
the citizens of that government to stand up for themselves.
Another element that proves that war is inhumane is that when war happens, it is
the innocent citizens of that country that pay the price. It will be Iraqi children,
women and non-military men who will die at our men's gunfire. Saddam will not die, for our
government will want to bargain with him. He will continue to be as unjust with his
people whether we go to war or not, and the Iraqi citizens will not be any closer
We went to Lafayette Square in solidarity with the Iraqi citizens to stand up against
our own government, its violations of our rights, and its declaration of war on human
beings. We stood up in solidarity with millions of other people across the world
demanding peace and human rights.
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