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Last night, close to 50 citizens of Tulsa held a candlelight vigil mourning those killed and wounded in the Iraq occupation. I was fortunate to be included in this community of committed Oklahomans.
We gathered at 21st Street and Rockford, about a block from the upscale Utica Square shopping center.
As dusk fell, the glow from all the candles became visible from several blocks each way. Most cars slowed down to see what was going on and many gave us a honk or thumbs up.
A half dozen of us took turns reading the time-line calendar. We read the names and home town of the fallen military personnel, by date, and the number wounded by week. The poll began January 1, 2007.
As the names of those killed in Iraq were read, I could hear the soft and familiar strands of Woody Guthrie songs being sung by a group accompanied by a guitar, at the other end of the line of mourners. It brought back memories of another era when mainly draft age activists and well wishers, rose up to protest an unpopular war our government leaders claimed would protect our freedom.
We sacrificed more than 50,000 innocent lives for that debacle and settling a civil war in Iraq is not worth the American blood that’s already been shed.
“I think all foreigners should stop interfering in the internal affairs of Iraq” — Paul Wolfowitz