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FourScore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-10-07 11:00 PM
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THEY MADE IT!!!
Edited on Mon Sep-10-07 11:01 PM by whereismyparty
I remember I posted an article about these two teens marching across the US to the White House to protest the war in Iraq. At the time, they were in Loveland, CO.

Well, DU, they made it to the White House! It's refreshing to see this kind of activism.



Teens' 3,000-mile march for peace ends at the White House
By Colleen Mastony | Tribune staff reporter
7:23 PM CDT, September 10, 2007

"Two teenagers who set out from San Francisco in May to walk 3,000 miles across the country to protest the war in Iraq, trudged into Washington, D.C. Monday, finishing the final leg of a four-month journey that started as one of the nation's smallest anti-war demonstrations a march of just two young people.

By the end, Ashley Casale, 19, and Michael Israel, 18 looking cheerful despite their disintegrating shoes ended their pilgrimage amid a group of 20 supporters who helped them silently hoist a "March for Peace" banner in front of the White House.

The teens acknowledged that their march might not have changed the course of the war, or gained much of the nation's attention, but they hoped they had at least galvanized the people they met along the way.

"A lot more people know about what we've done, that we've walked across the country and they've been inspired by it," said Casale, her hair tied in a white handkerchief and, because she had lost weight, her jeans cinched up with a blue bandana. "I personally hope that we've made more people think and that they'll be inspired to take action and do what they can to help. If it's not walking across the country, maybe it's just being more aware..."

SNIP

"...In Nebraska, a young veteran of Iraq shook each of their hands and said: "Thank you." At a rural diner, a woman offered a free meal and held back tears as she showed a photo of a local 19-year-old killed in Iraq.

By the time they reached Washington, their group included six other long-distance marchers including a bookstore worker, a recent college graduate, two activists, a freelance writer, and a furniture maker -- most who took leaves from their jobs and joined in the Midwest after hearing news reports of the teen's quest.

Michael Russell, 55, of Chicago, took a leave from his small business, where he makes handcrafted furniture, and joined the march near Crawfordsville, Ind., because, he said: "change in vision and leadership is never going to come from the top down."

Monday, while the nation turned its attention to Army Gen. David Petraeus, who gave his first day of testimony on Capitol Hill about the situation in Iraq, few took notice of the rag-tag band of road-weary walkers who straggled into the capital amid the morning traffic..."


http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0709...


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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-10-07 11:04 PM
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1. Very cool! Very touching, too.
Two GREAT kids.
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-10-07 11:08 PM
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2. Incredible story.
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Neshanic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-10-07 11:10 PM
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3. Someone should tell them that tey better not be "bad form" demonstrators, some here hate that.
They need to remember their handbook of "How to demonstrate against the war, and have good form".
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-10-07 11:52 PM
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10. Tell them not to wear pink
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hang a left Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-10-07 11:12 PM
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4. Wow.
What a statement. It is the first I have heard of the two of them. Too bad they didn't get more publicity.

Fine, upstanding patriots the both of them.
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Mnemosyne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-10-07 11:25 PM
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5. First glance only saw "peace ends at the White House"
it should begin there.

Bless their hearts for their hard work for peace.
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Warren Stupidity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-10-07 11:31 PM
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6. How dare they! disintegrating shoes!
Inappropriate! They should have stayed home and sold sportdatroop magnet ribboons. This is yet another embarassment to the Democratic Party. "disintegrating shoes"! Off with their feet! I toe you this would happen. These heels have soled out.
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txaslftist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-11-07 01:23 PM
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16. Don't be so corny.
You come across as a flake. You really could have nailed it, but you didn't knuckle down.
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Kelly Rupert Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-10-07 11:32 PM
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7. And so peace was brought to Iraq,
and all was well.
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Raster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-11-07 11:25 AM
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15. Please explain your post.
Edited on Tue Sep-11-07 11:26 AM by Raster
Are you belittling their efforts to raise awareness of this illegal and immoral war?
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WillyT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-10-07 11:37 PM
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8. K & R !!!
:kick:
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cui bono Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-10-07 11:49 PM
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9. Neat! I hope they're not wearing shorts and flip-flops.
And they better keep quiet too. Or the "protest police" will be on their ass!

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pansypoo53219 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-11-07 12:20 AM
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11. bare feet never where out.
and boy are they cheap.
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Breeze54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-11-07 12:34 AM
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12. Awesome!! (pics)
Edited on Tue Sep-11-07 12:35 AM by Breeze54
http://www.marchforpeace.info /



Photos of the March for Peace can now be found at a
Flickr Photo sharing site hosted by Not in Our Name.

Please share the URL with friends and supporters!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/peacephotos



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FourScore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-11-07 08:24 AM
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13. Thanks for the pics, Breeze 54!
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Richard Steele Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-11-07 08:39 AM
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14. K&R
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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-11-07 01:32 PM
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17. now thats the kind of story I like to read
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robinlynne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-11-07 04:13 PM
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18. wonderful!
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cachukis Donating Member (232 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-11-07 07:55 PM
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19. Have you read George Will's latest Sunday WAPO
A War Still Seeking a Mission
By George F. Will
Tuesday, September 11, 2007; A17
Before Gen. David Petraeus's report, and to give it a context of optimism, the president visited Iraq's Anbar province to underscore the success of the surge in making some hitherto anarchic areas less so. More significant, however, was that the president did not visit Baghdad. This underscored the fact that the surge has failed, as measured by the president's and Petraeus's standards of success.
Those who today stridently insist that the surge has succeeded also say they are especially supportive of the president, Petraeus and the military generally. But at the beginning of the surge, both Petraeus and the president defined success in a way that took the achievement of success out of America's hands.
The purpose of the surge, they said, is to buy time -- "breathing space," the president says -- for Iraqi political reconciliation. Because progress toward that has been negligible, there is no satisfactory answer to this question: What is the U.S. military mission in Iraq?
Many of those who insist that the surge is a harbinger of U.S. victory in Iraq are making the same mistake they made in 1991 when they urged an advance on Baghdad, and in 2003 when they underestimated the challenge of building democracy there. The mistake is exaggerating the relevance of U.S. military power to achieve political progress in a society riven by ethnic and sectarian hatreds. America's military leaders, who are professional realists, do not make this mistake.
The progress that Petraeus reports in improving security in portions of Iraq is real. It might, however, have two sinister aspects.
First, measuring sectarian violence is problematic: The Post reports that a body with a bullet hole in the front of the skull is considered a victim of criminality; a hole in the back of the skull is evidence of sectarian violence. But even if violence is declining, that might be partly because violent sectarian cleansing has separated Sunni and Shiite communities. This homogenization of hostile factions -- trained and armed by U.S. forces -- may bear poisonous fruit in a full-blown civil war.
Second, brutalities by al-Qaeda in Iraq have indeed provoked some Sunni leaders to collaborate with U.S. forces. But these alliances of convenience might be inconvenient when Shiites again become the Sunnis' principal enemy.
Congressional Democrats should accept Petraeus's report as a reason to declare a victory, one that might make this fact somewhat palatable: Substantial numbers of U.S. forces will be in Iraq when the next president is inaugurated. The Democrats' "victory" -- a chimera but a useful one -- is that Petraeus indicates there soon can be a small reduction of U.S. forces.
To declare this a substantial victory won by them requires Democrats to do two things. They must make a mountain out of a molehill (Petraeus suggests withdrawal of only a few thousand troops). And they must spuriously claim credit for the mountain. Actually, senior military officers have been saying that a large drawdown is inevitable, given the toll taken on the forces by the tempo of operations for more than four years.
But Democrats cannot advertise a small withdrawal as a victory without further infuriating their party's base, the source of energy and money. The base is incandescent because there are more troops in Iraq today than there were on Election Day 2006, when Democratic activists and donors thought, not without reason, that congressional Democrats acquired the power to end U.S. involvement in Iraq.
A democracy, wrote the diplomat and scholar George Kennan, "fights for the very reason that it was forced to go to war. It fights to punish the power that was rash enough and hostile enough to provoke it -- to teach that power a lesson it will not forget, to prevent the thing from happening again. Such a war must be carried to the bitter end." Which is why "unconditional surrender" was a natural U.S. goal in World War II and why Americans were so uncomfortable with three "wars of choice" since then -- in Korea, Vietnam and Iraq.
What "forced" America to go to war in 2003 -- the "gathering danger" of weapons of mass destruction -- was fictitious. That is one reason this war will not be fought, at least not by Americans, to the bitter end. The end of the war will, however, be bitter for Americans, partly because the president's decision to visit Iraq without visiting its capital confirmed the flimsiness of the fallback rationale for the war -- the creation of a unified, pluralist Iraq.
After more than four years of war, two questions persist: Is there an Iraq? Are there Iraqis?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...

cachukis


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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-11-07 07:56 PM
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Wootie woot woot!
:applause:
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-11-07 07:56 PM
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20. Wootie woot woot!
:applause:
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JNelson6563 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-11-07 08:39 PM
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21. K&R!!
:toast:
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rurallib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-11-07 09:08 PM
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22. Stayed with a couple DUers out here in Iowa along the way
Thank you Rambis and Cyberswede.
So glad to know they made it in time and safe.
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Rambis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-12-07 07:54 AM
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24. We did what we could
Congrats to them!



Now it's Guinness time!
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FourScore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-12-07 08:46 AM
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27. How wonderful of you to help them!
I am certain that it was because of the support by people like you that they made it. Of course, these kids resolve was so strong, they probably would have made it no matter what!

Unfortunately, they didn't come my way. I'd have loved to have met them.











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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-12-07 08:12 AM
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25. Wouldn't this make a wonderful story for the M$M to report?
Edited on Wed Sep-12-07 08:13 AM by KoKo01
Will "Cuppa Joe" or Tweety or Blitzer have these two wonderful young teens on to talk about their reasons for doing this..
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Jolly Sapper Donating Member (16 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-11-07 09:14 PM
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23. Wow... hard core...
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catmandu57 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-12-07 08:19 AM
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26. Good on them
They're trying, we need more kids like these two.
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