Anti-war protestors across the world took to the streets Sunday as the four-year anniversary of the Iraq war inched closer. In Beloit students, Arabs and war veterans called out for peace.
Monday marks the four-year anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. More than 3,200 American troops and thousands of Iraqis are dead. Now more and more Americans are beginning to demand an end to the war.
"We are morally reprehensible for what's happening, for the actions of our country and if we don't say anything then that is basically allowing it to happen," says Alisha Wright, a Beloit College student and demonstration co-organizer.
Demonstrators here in Beloit say though they stand against the war, they are not against our troops.
"Supporting the troops means supporting the individuals that are doing the fighting, it doesn't mean supporting the mission, because sometimes you make a horrible mistake," says Vietnam Veteran Stanley Campbell.
Many people believe pulling out of the war now would leave Iraq in chaos and allow terrorists to gain strength. But one Beloit College senior with family in Iraq says the U.S.-occupation and constant fighting are already breeding more terrorists out of desperate young men, as well as bringing up a new generation of Iraqis who live in hellish conditions, children like her young cousin.
"I asked him what is war and he said war is when you go outside and you see dead bodies on the street and you don't know who they are. You know, and that's how little children are seeing, they're seeing this every day," says Zainab Alkhawaja.