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Five years later, 260th vigil nears

To the Editor:

There have been 259 consecutive Friday night peace vigils in John Rich Park since the invasion of Iraq on March 20, 2003. Exercising the Bill of Rights is a great thing. Continuing the Iraq war is not so great.

In the last five years, the country has swung from shock and awe to sick and tired. We have stayed the course to nowhere in Iraq, and that is where we are now.

This Friday's vigil from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. is another opportunity to remind our government that there is an alternative to continuing hostilities in Iraq. It is called peace.

For example: Peter Idusogie, who is running for Congress in the Second District, has proposed an election in Iraq to ask its citizens if they want us to leave. If they vote yes, we could bow out gracefully. These kinds of ideas are often discussed on Friday evenings.

If you think that ending the five-year war and sparing collateral human suffering is a good idea, please join us at John Rich Park this Friday. If you would prefer a bigger protest, Women Against Military Madness is sponsoring its fifth annual Protest March starting at Hennepin and Lagoon (Uptown Minneapolis) at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. At either place, you will be welcome.

Paul Drotos is a Veterans for Peace associate member.

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