Signs of War, ten years later

Ten years ago on March 19, 2003 the United States military invaded Iraq and the war officially began. I was living in Boston, Massachusetts and remember thinking, why? Why are we invading this country? Why are we waging war?

A week later I was amongst the 50,000 people who marched through the streets of the Boston in the largest rally in the city since the end of the Vietnam War.

During the march and rally what really stood out to me were the signs made by the protesters. We were against Bush as much as we were against the war, the invasion of Iraq.

These images became my first photo exhibit Signs: Anti-War Protest at The Phoenix Landing in Cambridge, MA, 2004

Ten years later, sitting in my storage container studio in Austin, Texas, thinking about the estimated 189,000 people — including Iraqi civilians, U.S. troops and journalists who were killed in the war in Iraq since the invasion in 2003, I still find myself wondering why?

Why do we kill people who kill people to show people that killing people is wrong?

I also wonder what George W. Bush is thinking about today?

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About Jo Ann Santangelo

Austin based freelance multimedia documentary photographer and storyteller.
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