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No Iraqis Left Me on a Roof to Die

From Tomdispatch today, "'No Iraqis Left Me on a Roof to Die,' Katrina and Cindy Blow into Town,"

-- my report from the antiwar demonstration in Washington. In this, our first majority antiwar protest, reflecting the opinion polls, the commonest statement I heard in the six hours I spent talking to as many protesters as I could was: "This is my first demonstration." In our media world, we seldom enough hear the voices of Americans directly. In this dispatch -- lengthy exactly because it's meant to be the opposite of the norm -- you'll hear the voices of 22 Americans from grandfathers and grandmothers to a 12 year old boy; you'll hear from a nurse who served in Vietnam; a Montana woman for peace dressed up as the statue of liberty; an angry graphic designer; a father, his daughter, and her little girl (whose father is now in Iraq); and so on. I believe you'll find nothing like this elsewhere on a demonstration that was quite remarkable and reflected our changing post-Katrina, post-Cindy moment. I hope you'll take a careful look.

As a first for Tomdispatch, I've included portraits of most of the interviewees, taken by photojournalist Tam Turse. They can be clicked to from my site. Should you want to use them at your site, please credit Tam Turse.



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