Local Protesters Deliver Anti-Escalation Petition

By: Katherine Cook Email
By: Katherine Cook Email

A resolution declaring President Bush's decision to send more troops to Iraq, "not in the national interest," is making its way through the Senate. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to pass the non-binding measure Wednesday, while the full Senate is expected to vote on it next week. In anticipation of that, many Coloradans sent a message to Senator Wayne Allard, in the form of a protest and petition delivery Wednesday afternoon. More than 8,860 signatures were delivered to Allard's office, urging the Senator to co-sponsor a resolution opposing Bush's escalation plan. The plan entails sending 22,000 additional soldiers to Iraq. Bob Loevy, professor of political science at Colorado College says, despite their intentions, protesters will likely only send a message through their petition.
"It probably will not accomplish anything more than making a statement," said Loevy. "But it is a sign that opposition to the war is starting to build up."
That's enough for protesters like Genie Durland.
"We don't know what kind of seed it might plant in people passing by," said Durland. "People who haven't been thinking, might start thinking."
As for what troops think, CPT John Valainis, a soldier based out of Fort Carson, says, freedom to protest is healthy and it's part of what he's fighting for.
"One always wishes that the country would be unified and stand together," said Valainis. "But at the same time, throughout history, having opposite views has often been productive."

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