Standing alone

A lone demonstrator, a Hanover resident, stood during her lunch hour on the coner of Main and Wheelock Streets with a sign reading “No to occupation, no to empire.” Pedestrians either glared at the woman or ignored her altogether.

Using amusingly inaccurate information, she explained that she sought the immediate withdrawal of American troops from Iraq since they caused “disorder” and had caused, she said, “hundreds of thousands of deaths.” She would not consider that American forces provide a form of stability in the ethnically-divided fledgeling democracy nor would she cite the source of her casualty figures; even liberal estimates at Iraq Body Count place the number of deaths at 10,715, at the outside. Finally, the said that American forces should not “meddle in other countries’ affairs” even if national security is threatened.