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Thursday, February 01, 2007

Dad Takes Son's Coffin to Times Square

Carlos Arrendondo, 46, of Boston adjusts the military uniform of his son during a one-man anti-war protest at Times Square in New York, January 31, 2007. (Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters)

The American people should see the reality of Bush's botched war on a daily basis. Rest in Peace, Alexander Arredondo.
A grieving father took his personal protest against the Iraq war to Times Square on Wednesday -- a pick-up truck carrying an empty flag-draped coffin and a picture of his son's open casket and funeral.

Carlos Arredondo, 46, said he has traveled the United States for more than 18 months in what he calls a tour of "public mourning" to honor his 20-year-old son Alexander who was killed fighting insurgents in Iraq on August 25, 2004.

"I feel better by making my mourning public, my statement public," Arredondo said. "People complain (to the police) because the message is powerful. I don't want to hurt anybody's feelings, but I'm sorry -- that's what's going on."

Next to the coffin is a pair of the dead soldier's army boots and his identification tags, while taped to the outside of the truck is a letter written by Arredondo's son from Iraq. Also on display is his uniform and medals.

"I'm not here to preach, but the message is clear. My family has already paid the ultimate sacrifice. We have already been in Iraq long enough," said Arredondo, who moved to America from Costa Rica in 1980 and became a U.S. citizen last month.

Arredondo arrived in Times Square late on Tuesday and spent a below freezing night sleeping in his truck. Although he has parked in a no standing zone, Arredondo said New York police were allowing him to stay until Thursday.

"This war shouldn't be happening, they should have ended this a long time ago," said Felix Barbosa, 40, a building manager from Brooklyn who stopped to look at Arredondo's protest. "This makes me sad, it hurts just looking at it."

More than 3,000 U.S. soldiers have been killed in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003, along with tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians.


At 2/02/2007 4:52 PM, Anonymous jack boo said...

Maybe he should park it in Nancy Pelosi's parking space. After all, the Democrats could end the war if they had an ounce of political courage.

But they don't.

Easier to milk whatever political mileage you can get out of complaining about "Bush's botched war" than actually doing anything about it.

Sorry, it's going to be really difficult to take you progressives seriously until you start demanding something more than non-binding resolutions from your supposedly "anti-war" Democrats.

At 2/02/2007 5:55 PM, Anonymous proud christian liberal said...

Typical ignorance. yeah, the left is very silent over this. You tool, have you heard of the Woolsey, Lee plan? Lee was the ONLY politician to get it right from the start, but as Rose often says, the liberal media won't interview her.

At 2/02/2007 8:11 PM, Anonymous jack boo said...

Like I've said before, for Democrats who opposed the war and are now doing everything they can to end it...good, I can respect that. But the overwhelming majority of Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi, aren't doing squat to end the war.

And the reason the media isn't taking Woolsey, Lee seriously isn't because the liberal media isn't interviewing her...it's because the DEMOCRATS aren't taking her seriously.

At 2/06/2007 12:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In case you haven't noticed, the government representatives are all Israeli Firsters, many of them are "dual citizens" whose allegence is ?.... Israel owns this country and "we know it" but to say so is forbidden....we must not speak the truth about Israel having taken over our government, because to do so might acknowledge the "elephant in the room" and break down the well crafted propaganda that keeps us at war in the middle east.....

At 2/06/2007 8:27 AM, Anonymous jack boo said...

Ah, the Jews....again.

So, do you have a list of the names of these many government representatives who have dual citizenship?


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