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Hundreds turned out in the zero-degree chill in Canton NY as part of an international day of protests supporting peace with Iraq on Saturday, February 15, 2003. Photo by: Dale Hobson
Hundreds turned out in the zero-degree chill in Canton NY as part of an international day of protests supporting peace with Iraq on Saturday, February 15, 2003. Photo by: Dale Hobson

Thoughts on the Iraq War, then and now

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It's been 10 years since the beginning of the second Iraq War.

The war created a deep division in the country and here in the North Country, and fueled a passionate peace movement.

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On a frigid day in Canton ten years ago, more than two hundred people marched down Main Street to oppose the war. This was before the invasion began. Voices from that day included Andrew Gillee [sic], who said "I don’t know if there are or aren’t weapons of mass destruction, but I think that right now the situation seems to be contained and I don’t see the point of becoming more aggressive. I also don’t believe that it’s not about oil."

Corinne Ullam [sic] said: "My friends in Europe tell me we’re the laughing stock of the world and they can’t figure out why Americans have elected a person who still seems to be in the 'cowboy & indian' era."

On March 20th, 2003, the U.S. launched its invasion, and the divisions between war supporters and opponents only deepened. By mid-April, those camps were facing off literally – at competing Friday evening rallies on Canton’s main intersection. Here’s how David Sommerstein reported the situation at the time.

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