More than 160 rally against war with Iraq March 15,

More than 160 rally against war with Iraq March 15,


(At left) More than 160 peace demonstrators stood at the corner of State and Alpine in Rockford Saturday, March 15, to voice opposition to the impending war with Iraq. Many protesters were part of a regional peace conference held earlier in the day at Unitarian Universalist Church in Rockford.

(Below) Nearly 100 people attended a candlelight vigil for peace Sunday, March 16, at Beattie Park in downtown Rockford. Similar vigils were scheduled for the same hour in all time zones around the world.

Local peace groups intend to meet at 5 p.m. at the Federal Building, 211. S. Court St., Rockford, for a similar vigil on the eve of war with Iraq.

In a 15-minute national address March 17, President George W. Bush gave Saddam Hussein and his sons 48 hours to leave Iraq or face harsh consequences. Bush also appealed to the Iraqi government to not burn oil as it did during the Persian Gulf War. He said the oil is the property of the people of Iraq and should not be burned.

Bush also warned in his address that terrorist attacks against the American people were not a certainty, but were a probability.

The Winnebago County Board unanimously passed a Republican-backed resolution supporting the U.S. government and military at its last board meeting. More than 250 cities and counties across the nation have passed anti-war resolutions. Board members said passing a pro-war resolution would send a message of support to the military and the president.

The resolution reads: “Now therefore be it resolved, that we the County Board of the County of Winnebago, Illinois, support our Government and our Country’s citizen and Military leaders in all efforts and actions taken or to be taken to provide for a safe and secure United States of America and its citizens wherever they are, whether or not such actions lead to the necessity of armed conflict. And further, we unequivocally and without reservation support all our troops abroad and pray for their safe and quick return to our community as well as to all other communities in this great nation.”

Photos by Jon McGinty

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