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Daily Journal of Mahaan, an Iranian-American student residing in USA.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

DC Protest

After 4 years I went back to streets to protest against the war. In the months leading to the Iraq war, I attended many protests in San Francisco which was great experience to learn about America, leftist movements and effectiveness of a cause. I went back to protest this past weekend in Washington DC. What I observed over there was a tired and fed up America who does not have even the energy to protest. Walking on the Pennsylvania Ave, I observed groups of Pro-War people who had staged their anti-protests and were creating a dramatic scene of confrontation with the protesters. There was not much of a civil dialogue between both groups. They were all fed up of the hypocrisy and lies of politics of our time.

At the bottom line of the protest I didn't see much of awareness, but more of despressy. Getting out of the Iraq mess is now becoming a matter of survival for America, not a matter of progress. The economy is in a very confusing state that every minute one of the bubbles might burst. Americans are very worried from every corner: housing, security, social programs, health care, etc. How much more this workaholic society can take?
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