On March 18, 2007 United For Peace and Justice held a rally and march to oppose the Iraq war on its 4th anniversary.
Yesterday was March the 18th, 2013 and marked the 10th anniversary of the Iraqi war.
I was as much of a part of the anti-war movement as any other standard, left-leaning American. I bitterly complained about the Bush administration every chance I got, engaged in mass protests, and secretly felt that this marching up and down the square bullshit wasn’t going to budge one inch of the administration’s KBR backed agenda but felt that it was better than getting plastered and watching I Love Lucy reruns.
Still, I kept going out to protests and taking photographs.
10 years later I’m not sure if getting around a million people into the streets of NYC did any good. Those who were opposed to the war were strongly opposed to the war and the administration’s apologists were firmly entrenched in their beliefs. I don’t watch TV so I’m not sure how much attention the 10 year anniversary got on the headline news but my usual news sources were relatively quiet. Other than a NY Times retrospective on the war and a few stories from the BBC it seems to have slipped on by. I had to search for any reaction from Dick Cheney about the wars he started 10 years ago.
One of the things I’ve read again and again about soldiers returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is how little it affects people’s day to day lives here and how little attention is paid. That hasn’t changed either.