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Third anniversary, start of Iraq War

20. March 2006 • David Boyle
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See, e.g., CNN, Protests mark Iraq war’s third anniversary: Demonstators take to streets in cities around world . There were some protests in Ann Arbor, I believe.
R.I.P. to all the war dead. Peace to everyone else.

  1. AA News, Anti-war protesters take to the streets: Turnout larger, younger than last year’s march ,
    ” About 1,200 people took to the streets of Ann Arbor on Sunday afternoon to protest the war in Iraq, more than double what the march drew last year.

    The local protest was among hundreds held around the world over the weekend, including demonstrations in more than 400 American cities, to mark the third anniversary of the U.S -led invasion of Iraq.

    But unlike Europe, where news media reports had crowds lower than anticipated, the dissatisfaction with President George Bush and his administration appears to be growing in Ann Arbor. ...”

       —David Boyle    Mar. 21 '06 - 12:40AM    #
  2. Neil Young does not live in Ann Arbor, and I am not even a big fan of his; still, blogging in general is a legitimate topic, so here is Le Young’s new weblog, largely focused on his new album, “Living With War”.

    Coincidentally, his blog is called NEIL YOUNG – Living With War . Excerpt:

    ”...Neil Young: ‘Let’s Impeach the President’

    Rocker records protest album, ‘Living with War’

    LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters)—Veteran rocker Neil Young has recorded a protest album featuring an anti-Iraq war track with “a holy vow to never kill again” and a song titled “Let’s Impeach the President,” the singer said on Monday. ...”

       —David Boyle (Trust never sleeps; Neil Young has a blog now)    Apr. 21 '06 - 09:33PM    #
  3. See CNN, Dead soldier found in hotel air conditioner: Officials say death appears to be accidental ,

    “A Fort Benning soldier missing 12 days before his body was discovered in a downtown hotel died after he got caught in an industrial-sized air conditioner, officials said Saturday.

    ...He died after being struck by a large, spinning blower wheel, said Lt. Mike Wilkins, a spokesman for Savannah-Chatham County police.

    “At this point, it appears to be an accident,” he said.

    An autopsy Saturday confirmed the identity of Spc. Robert Hornbeck, 23, of Lapeer, Michigan, who was last seen outside the hotel April 16 after a late night of bar-hopping with an Army buddy. He answered his cell phone briefly after his father arrived just after 3 a.m. to give him a ride. He said, “Dad, I’m on the stairs,” then the connection went dead.

    ...Police had not determined how Hornbeck got into the hotel maintenance area or what he was doing there. He was not a guest at the hotel. Blood toxicology tests were also being performed. Hornbeck’s father had previously said he suspects his son was intoxicated.

    ...The soldier had traveled to Savannah to spend Easter weekend with his father and stepmother. He had returned to Fort Benning in January from a yearlong tour in Iraq with the 3rd Infantry Division.

    Hornbeck planned to leave the Army at the end of April and return to the University of Michigan, where he studied psychology before joining the Army in 2004. He was scheduled to marry his college sweetheart in July.

    Hornbeck’s father was traveling back to Michigan on Saturday, where the family planned to bury Hornbeck with military honors, his uncle said.”

    RIP Robert Hornbeck. Thanks for your service to the country.

       —David Boyle (UM Iraq vet killed in freak accident)    Apr. 30 '06 - 10:08PM    #