Friday, March 19, 2010

Need Something to Do Today?

Posted By on Fri, Mar 19, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Yeah! Friday! Weekend! Two whole free days to binge-drink enjoy the great outdoors!

But wait ... Is there something, we're forgetting? Something important happening ... Jeez. This always happens on Fridays. What was it?

Oh right ... the Iraq war. Oops.

Believe it or not, despite having cost untold billion of dollars, wrecked the United States' credibility internationally, killed somewhere between 100,000 and 1 million Iraqi civilians (there is no actual count) and more than 4,000 United States citizens, along with decimating the Iraqi economy, increasing the level of global terrorism, creating a human rights catastrophe and empowering Iran's "Danny Bonaduce of a President," this craptacular event is still going strong. Sure, it has given Matt Damon beefcake roles in mediocre thrillers, but even pre-invasion, you couldn't swing a dead cat in Hollywood without it resulting in a mediocre thriller vehicle for Matt Damon. So why is this thing still going on?

Probably because after seven years, we've pretty much stopped paying attention. And, caught up in the furor of the health care debate and the raging culture war at home, so have our leaders.

From 5-6 p.m. today, the Idaho Peace Coalition, will be demonstrating outside Senator Mike Crapo's office at 251 E. Front St., calling for an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, so that the money being spent on them can be reallocated to education which has recently seen heavy cuts in Idaho.

“Something is terribly wrong when Idaho taxpayers spend $2 billion on the Iraq war and occupation while Idaho schools and universities are slashing budgets and raising tuition. True security and prosperity will come from education, not from empire building,” said Diane Roberts of the Idaho Peace Coalition, in a press release to Boise Weekly.

So take an hour out your weekend to stop by the protest. And don't worry. The mountain bike trails will still be there at six.

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