The cold did not deter these protesters
(Toledo, OH) Members of the Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition bundled up in the low-teens windchill this morning to display antiwar signs. The group's location today was on the Detroit Avenue overpass over I-75.
In spite of hat, gloves, and a winter coat, I was ill-prepared for just how cold it was this morning. In the dim early morning light I had difficulty getting a decent photo, stupidly leaving my tripod behind. I suppose that's what happens when a writer pretends to be a photographer.
Traffic whizzing by added to my disorientation, and there are good reasons that people should not be walking along the freeway.
Rush hour traffic on southbound I-75 in Toledo
Quite a few motorists honked at the protesters, which was not a surprise to one member of the Coalition.
"People generally are very supportive of what we are doing," she said. "The only time we have ever had any negative feedback was right after the war began."
The group also stages protests on streetcorners, and participates in a tombstone project to commemorate the American soldiers killed in Iraq. The group's Arlington Midwest display was vandalized on the campus of the University of Toledo in 2005.
The death toll keeps climbing
Two thousand, nine hundred, and eighty-six American soldiers have been killed to date in Iraq, and over 22,000 US soldiers have been wounded. Over 50,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed as a direct result of this war since 2003, while other estimates suggest that as many as 655,000 Iraqis have died from war, war-related violence, and deteriorating health conditions since the US invasion.
No matter how one looks at the numbers, that is a lot of dead bodies, and we are still waiting for those weapons of mass destruction, President Bush.
It is time to bring the troops home.