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Monday, September 26, 2005 

Are 100,000 enough? D.C. Protests Showcase Need for Exit Plan

(Breitbart.com) The anti-war rally, held Saturday at the western edge of the National Mall, drew a crowd of 100,000 or more. Lasting a marathon 12 hours, it featured folk singer Joan Baez and Cindy Sheehan […] On Sunday, a rally supporting the war drew roughly 500 participants, far below the 20,000 expected by event organizers.

The movement is growing. Brietbart and Washington Post both reported on quotes from the various sides of protest. Prevailing thoughts:

"I would like to say to Cindy Sheehan and her supporters don't be a group of unthinking lemmings. It's not pretty," said Mitzy Kenny of Ridgeley, W.Va., whose husband died in Iraq last year.

Signs read: "Bush Lied, Thousands Died," said one sign. "End the Occupation,"

But there was also an undercurrent of people there that are protesting, not to desert the Iraqi people, but they “want the soldiers out, but not all at once. ‘They've got to leave slowly,’ said Andy Pollock, attending his first protest. ‘It will be utter chaos in that country if we pull them out all at once”

This level of support cannot be ignored and passed off as “political activism” led by “leftist organizations”. I’m sure they have played a part in funding it. But 100,000 people in one place don’t show up just because (unless you paid them). Is it time to let America, the world, and Iraq know that we will not be there forever?