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World Peace Day

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Sultan Bhargash, Feb 15, 2003.

  1. Sultan Bhargash

    Sultan Bhargash Trickster Reincarnated

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    World Peace Day

    I politely ask not to have this thread closed.

    Tuning to CNN all day, I've watched the biggest protest for peace in the history of the world. You may disagree with what should be done about Saddam, but I hope even the most bloody minded among you will take some comfort from the idea that millions of people from Australia and Singapore to Beirut to Rome, London, Berlin, to New York are willing to take to the streets to prevent warfare.

    I'd like this thread to be the place where those who attend the protests (I know we have European posters who said they were going in the other thread) can come and report what they saw at their protests.

    Of course it will also be the place for ugly trolling about the protestors.
     
  2. Immortal

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    And ugly trolling FROM the protesters I bet.

    Didn't go, as Saddam is the one who should go, out of Iraq that is.
     
  3. napoleon526

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    It's unfortunate that some of the protestors are radical nitwits, advocating things like "Death to Capitalism!" and "Destroy all Corporations!" Not all those who are opposed to war are weirdos like these.
     
  4. Knight-Dragon

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    Er, I doubt there's any crowd in Singapore doing any demonstrations... You need a permit first, before you can hold anything.

    The S'pore govt is unlikely to allow a potentially anti-US demo to take place, being usually pro-US.

    I know there're about 2000 people demonstrating in Bangkok though (watched the news just now). More in Kuala Lumpur I think.
     
  5. andrewgprv

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    If there was a protest anywhere within 200 miles of where I live I'd go.
     
  6. Immortal

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    you could have run it over to lethbridge andy!
     
  7. Sultan Bhargash

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    I am sad that it won't change a thing.

    Bush and his androids are set for war, even if the entire planet was opposed.

    I just hope there IS some Iraqi WMD discovered after the glorious conquest of Iraq. Or Bush will be in a bit of pickle!

    Of course, the CIA will help provide some evidence...As always!

    :D
     
  9. Hitro

    Hitro Feistus Raclettus

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    I don't go to Demonstrations because I don't think they have any effect.
    But it's nice to see that there are still idealists.
     
  10. stormbind

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    The protests now are reminiscent of the anti-Vietnam war protests... and WW3 hasn't even started yet!

    Just immagine the level of complaining when the US/UK start shipping back bodybags :(
     
  11. Knight-Dragon

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    In the middle of Singapore. :p

    Ah, I see it. In the last paragraph, it mentioned a group gathered in Singapore. Rather ambigious I think. A handful of people can be a group too.

    I didn't see anything in our local TV news. Must be a very small and illegal gathering somewhere.

    Don't be mistaken - I'm not pro-war. In fact, I am leaning towards the anti-war slant. Just pointing out there isn't much of a demo in Singapore. ;)
     
  12. Richard III

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    Oh, no they aren't!!!
     
  13. gael

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    I agree with you here completly napoleon526.

    There is a strong headcase element that usually runs through mass protests. They seem to be anarchists, demented socialists, anti-capitalists,...whatever.
    I basically think they are people who have smoked to much of the peace pipe and have lost the plot. They are against everything. Its just something to do between breakfast and signing on the welfare.

    But in saying that, I agree with constructive protest. Its our given right.
    A protest on this scale only says that there is something wrong.
    Not Saddam Hussian, we all know that. This is a demontration against a coruption of our own beliefs and ideals. Democracy.

    You can not wage a war on speculation, it starts to sound like imperalisim.

    People are'nt stupid, they know what this is about.
     
  14. Hitro

    Hitro Feistus Raclettus

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    Why not?
     
  15. Suppersalmon

    Suppersalmon Think Safely think again

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    I really wanted to go but i couldnt go :(
    but i signed a potition to say no to war
     
  16. Richard III

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    1. They aren't as big in the US, and that's where they matter (given that's where the bulk of the troops will come from).

    2. They aren't as aggressive by any stretch of the imagination.

    R.III
     
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    I was about to start a thread similar to this, but was obviously beaten to it. :) But am I really the only one here who actually participated in a demonstration?

    The demonstration here in Berlin was very good. I participated together with six friends from my congregation. It started with a light snowfall, which luckily stopped soon. Most people I saw were somewhere around 40 years old or so, resulting in a very calm and peaceful atmosphere. As usual, some left-wings tried to hijack the demonstration for their own usual rants ("anti war and capitalsim" and such things), but today they were in a very small minority and almost un-noticed. I had feared there would be risk of riots, as is usually the case in events where left-wing extremists can be expected to show up, but nothing like that happened.

    During the demonstration it was stated that at least 350 000 people were participating, but later I heard a police source claiming that there were more than 500 000 participants. I have no trouble believing that. :D Two placards that I remember are one with a photo of the bearer stating "Mr. Rumsfeld, I am one of your 80 million German problems" and one carried by a woman in here 50's stating "Endlich bin ich stolzt deutsch zu sein".
     
  18. Sultan Bhargash

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    Nice report from the field Mr. Spice.

    I know a lot of people have criticized some of the anti war element for being radical ("anti capitalists, etc."), and I had a friend who is an army vet go to a protest in New Orleans yesterday and tell me "I left when my intelligence was insulted", but I am glad to see that in Germany as in much of the US, the protesters are the rank and file plain folks.

    Richard III- you can't compare Vietnam protest with this at all. Vietnam protests broke out during a decade long war; this rally, worldwide in scope, is happening for PRE-EMPTIVE peace.


    Knight Dragon- who runs Singapore anyway? Is it British, Chinese or other? Why would it be so hard to fathom a protest happening? And not making it to the news?
     
  19. Richard III

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    I wasn't! I was saying you couldn't make the comparison!!

    (Bystander! Bystander!)
     
  20. Sultan Bhargash

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    :lol: I know it wasn't you. I just like targeting you!
     

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