HuffPost World contributors have been submitting photos and videos of protests marking the sixth anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq. The photos and video below demonstrate a country's plea for peace as veterans, military families and activists join together with one message: "No more war."
March 18, 2009. Teaneck, NJ “Bring the troops home NOW! No more blood for oil! 6 years too many!” Those were the calls of members of special vigil on the eve of the 6th anniversary of the Iraq war. The warm sun shone down on the vigil members, used to braving icy winds at the corner of the National Guard armory. Passersby honked vigorously in support as they drove by. This was the first of 5 events in Bergen County to mark the 6th anniversary. The events were co-sponsored by Military Families Speak Out, Bergen County, Teaneck Peace and Justice Coalition, Veterans for Peace, Chapter 21 NJ, Bergen Peace and Justice Coalition, and NJ Peace Action.
Antiwar Veteran Arrested at VA Protest in Washington, D.C. Video submitted by William Hughes
It will be easy to thrust responsibility on to the hawks and warmongers, but those of us who opposed the war--and the politicians we supported--are essentially running the country now. This is our challenge.
On today's sixth anniversary of the Iraq war, we must require that our leaders create a security strategy that keeps us safer, costs less and restores the boundaries of a healthy civil-military relationship.