Anti War Protest in South Bend

By: Marcie Kobriger Email
By: Marcie Kobriger Email

The president's announcement to increase the number of troops in Iraq was a disappointment to Mike Griffin at the South Bend Center for Peace and Non Violence.

He and other war protesters are rallying their troops to send president bush a clear message tonight. “Say no to war no to torture no to giving the government and the president license to do whatever he chooses and use our young men and women to accomplish his personal will,” Griffin says.

One of the young men that may be affected by the President’s latest plan is Specialist Biebenbach, with South Bends 428th military police company.

This could be his first tour in Iraq, but he says he will be ready, and willing when and if he's called up. “I'm not going to lie, I'd be a little scared but at the same time, I'd be excited because I enlisted in the army not with the hope, but knowing there was the possibility that I'd go to Iraq,” Biebenbach adds. “I agree with the president and I think we need to put more boots on the ground over there so we can speed up resolution to this and get it done right.”

The Center for Peace and Nonviolence has a difference of opinion, they think the only thing for the US to do is pull out. Griffin explains, “We believe that ultimately war will fail, ultimately violence will have repercussions.

Specialist Biebenbach says he respects the rights of protesters, and respects the sacrifices that were made to give them their rights. “That's just a testament to how truly great America is, and even though I dont agree with them at all, a lot of people died to give Americans the right to do things like that.”

According to an AP poll, out today, 70% of Americans oppose sending more troops to Iraq, and do not think the presidents increase will help stabilize the situation there.’

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