Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Antiwar Activists Continue Weekly Des Moines Vigil

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Antiwar Activists Continue Weekly Des Moines Vigil

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On Thursday, May 22, Central Iowa antiwar activists continued the weekly vigil they began on Nov. 11, 2004 in downtown Des Moines.

"We're still dedicated to being a visible presence to remind people that the U.S. is still bombing...still at war. We still don't have universal health care, but we have drone attacks on countries we have not declared war on," said Rene Espeland, who has participated in the vigil for almost a decade.

Espeland expressed disappointment with President Barack Obama's policies in the Middle East and Southwest Asia, saying there is little difference between the policies of the cool, calm, eloquent Democratic president and the jingoistic Republican "cowboy" with the mangled grammar who preceded him.

"I don't mean to demonize him," said Espeland, "and I like his demeanor, but war crimes are war crimes."

Another long-time vigil participant, Eloise Cranke, said she is keenly aware that most Americans simply don't think much about the wars in which U.S. drone strikes kill innocent civilians, men, women and children alike. …

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