ROCKFORD, Ill (WIFR) -- A dozen Rockford residents gathered on North Wyman Street and State Street Thursday night to protest the President's action against Iran. They held signs asking for peace, and no war.
No Wag the Dog Rally
"He wants to start this problem in the Middle East with Iran as a way of distracting people from the impeachment trial," claims protestor Bob Babcock. "People get hurt in the process, he's calling Soleimani a terrorist. And terrorism as a profession if you will, is not the military personnel of a country."
Qassem Soleimani is responsible for a 2003 attack that killed 600 Americans using Improvised Explosive Devices. The attack injured more than 1,000 US soldiers. Supporters of the US's airstrike that killed Soleimani say the attack was larger than killing Saddam Hussein and al-Baghdadi.
Protesters say they still want to keep peace. "I'm not saying it's ok to kill Americans, but they're retaliating form our aggression so it's not a surprise that this happens," says another protestor Daniel Pace. "It needs to end."
The Rockford protest was one of roughly 370 across the country. They say they want to get back to other issues, and the impeachment trial. The articles of impeachment have yet to go to the Senate for trial.
"Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, pay no attention to the impeachment trial. And it's also the aspect of getting up his supporters, you know he's going to appeal like the strong leader," says Babcock.
The White House issued a statement Thursday, saying "the President has the right and duty to protect this nation and our citizens from terrorism. That's what he continues to do, and the world is safer for it.''