Anti-War Protesters Demonstrate Against Troop Surge

By: Beth Shayne Email
By: Beth Shayne Email

"Give us a honk!" Liz Hogg yelled along Grand River Avenue in East Lansing.

She's never been exactly shy about her political opinions before, but this cause--this new Iraq policy--brought her out to protest the war for the very first time.

"After I heard the speech, I realized what I'd be doing was not enough," she says. She was one of more than 200 protesting in East Lansing.

Some called for peace, some for impeachment, all were asking for a new strategy in a war they do not support.

"I'm 55 years old and this is the most foolish, wasteful, disgusting political event I've ever seen in my life," Hogg said.

"What I saw in Kuwait, and in Southern Iraq in 1991, really left me questioning what the military's purpose is," Will Dwyer, a Desert Storm veteran, said of his role at the demonstration.

He's now a staple in the local anti-war movement, and calls the current conflict a civil war.

A like-minded Janet Allen has even more at stake. Her son and son-in-law are both military men.

"Everytime they go back over there, I don't know what's going to happen," she says.

She argues more troops don't help the Iraqis take control of their own government.

"As a mother, you don't teach your kids to stop hitting by spanking then. It doesn't make sense to kill more people to make them stop killing us," Allen says.

The Greater Lansing Network Against War and Injustice sponsored the protest. They'll also sponsor a bus to Washington D.C. to protest there January 27.


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