5 Years Later

I don’t usually comment on politics on this blog, but as today marks a special occasion, I will do so, but I will not espouse what I believe as it is like religion, you just don’t talk about it at the dinner table.

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the United States entry into Iraq. I remember that I was in my foreign policy class in my last semester as an undergraduate student at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) at the time and the professor asked, “Do you support the war? How about the troops? If you support the troops, do you indirectly support the war then? Because you would want to support their mission if you support them, right?” At the time, I was against the conflict as I am now, but I have even been against the conflict since the beginning.

I watched it play out however, as I had no choice in the matter because I am, contrary to popular opinion, not the President of the United States. It has lasted longer than the Civil War and both World Wars. Instability is apparent and we are at a cross roads. I think that is what precipitated the protest that I witnessed in person today. I really felt like it was the 60’s all over again, if only for an instant. I wasn’t around in the 60’s, but it would have been cool to have been there. But if I were there, as everyone says, “if you remember it you really weren’t there.” So could have I been around in the 60’s?

Oh yeah, all of the pictures and video below I caught with my cell phone. It’s amazing what technology can do in this era in delivering a personal perspective on modern events.


Here are a couple of pictures. The people in the circle in the middle of the intersection were bound by what appeared to be PVC pipe that was painted black and they brought sacks in their hands to that intersection that were made to resemble dead people from Iraq. The police ended up cutting a piece out of it to find out where their hands were and then they cut them in half and sprayed a fire extinguisher on them to keep the heat down from the friction. They dragged them away, and they were non-violent. They were let go becuase they weren’t violent and it took about an hour to break it up.

On Friday I saw this, what appeared to be a missle with Bush riding it calling for
On Friday I saw this, what appeared to be a missle with Bush riding it calling for

Protesters on 17th and L street NW in Washington, DC on March 19, 2008

See the Pink bed across the street, it said 'Wake up, no presence in Iraq' or something to that effect
See the Pink bed across the street, it said ‘Wake up, no presence in Iraq’ or something to that effect

Well, that’s it for me. I just wanted to write about how cool it was to witness an actual protest in Washington, D.C. and it was outside of my office building downtown of all things.

Signing off.


Will Hull, MPA

Front-End Web Developer, Nonprofit professional, SigEp Alumnus who holds a Masters in Public Administration living in the San Diego, CA Metro Area




    What an awesome post!!

    March 20, 2008 at 3:51 AM
  • Anonymous


    Great pictures Will. Glad the protest was not violent as we had out here in the 60’s in Berkeley and other spots. The UC students ( some non-students) really tore up Berkeley and you didn’t feel very safe walking near their protests. I have friends who have lived under oppressed governments that were greatful for US intervention. I truly wish we would have peace in all countries but fear it will never be. Save these pictures for your daughter as it is indeed part of history.BR/God bless,BR/Nana Jean

    March 20, 2008 at 4:46 AM
  • Will Hull


    Thanks to everyone. Your comments are great. It was a great experience.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:42 PM
  • Kinggame


    You are incorrect on WWII’s time frame. Combat started in Asia in 1937 and Europe in 39. That’s longer than Iraq.BR/More to the point, these other wars emphasize the successes of our war in Iraq. I wouldn’t have gone in, but look at the math.BR/Around 20 million people died in the first World War, and 60 million in the second. With this war having cost us over 3,000 Americans and 150,000 Iraqis, totaled from both sides and civilians, we are looking at a lot of blood. But to compare this to wars of the past is just ignorant. I’m not attacking you will, but our arrogance when viewing our times is just pathetic. Our sense of history is childish. We think we know war, and suffering, and that our world is so bad right now. And those who saw the horrors of the Third Reich and Stalin’s KGB spin in their graves.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:16 PM
  • Will Hull


    Kinggame, we are trying to keep the politics out of this blog. It was a comment about what it felt like to witness a political protest. It wasn’t meant to insight any debate. Thanks for posting, however, we appreciate that you are reading our blog.

    March 24, 2008 at 5:08 PM
  • Kinggame


    (picks up jaw off floor) No. I refuse to believe the Will I know from NV Alpha is keeping politics out entirely. I just can’t believe it.BR/BR/Impressive bud, and I’m glad life is treating you well.

    March 29, 2008 at 4:08 PM
  • DB


    The coolest protester in all of Washington is the monk who is always sitting outside the Supreme Court beating his drum. I wonder if he will let me rub his bald head for luck next time I’m in DC…

    April 7, 2008 at 11:23 AM
  • Will Hull


    Thanks Rob (KingGame), for the reply. DB, I think you are wrong, the best protester in DC is the person who has sat right near the White House in protest of nuclear proliferation. But, I guess it is all in the eye of the beholder. BR/BR/Will

    April 17, 2008 at 2:47 PM

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