A global opinion about War...

- for the Grateful Web

Rome claimed the biggest turnout - 1 million protesters. In London, at least 750,000 people demonstrated in what police called the city's largest demonstration ever. Spanish police gauged the Madrid turnout at 660,000. More than 70,000 people marched in Amsterdam in the largest Netherlands demonstration since anti-nuclear rallies of the 1980s. Berlin Germany estimates between 300,000 to 500,000 war protestors. Paris France was estimated to have had about 100,000. Police estimated that 60,000 turned out in Oslo, Norway; 50,000 in bitter cold in Brussels, Belgium; and about 35,000 in frigid Stockholm, Sweden.

About 80,000 marched in Dublin, Ireland. Crowds were estimated at 60,000 in Seville, Spain; 40,000 in Bern, Switzerland; 30,000 in Glasgow, Scotland; 25,000 in Copenhagen, Denmark; 15,000 in Vienna, Austria; more than 20,000 in Montreal and 15,000 in Toronto; 5,000 in Cape Town and 4,000 in Johannesburg in South Africa; 5,000 in Tokyo; and 2,000 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

More than 2,000 marched to the federal building from campus in Eugene, Oregon. In New York, rally organizers estimated the crowd at up to 500,000 people. City police provided no estimate of the crowd, which stretched 20 blocks deep and two blocks wide. Martin Luther King III:  "Just because you have the biggest gun does not mean you must use it..." Archbishop Desmond Tutu:  "Let America listen to the rest of the world - and the rest of the world is saying, Give the inspectors time.

Martin Sheen (plays a fictitious U.S. president on NBC's The West Wing): "None of us can stop this war. ... There is only one guy that can do that and he lives in the White House." Iraqi immigrant Azam Houle (left Iraq, now lives in Boise, Idaho):  "We seem to think we can destroy a country and then build a democracy... Democracy at gunpoint isn't democracy." Elsie Hinks, London England: "What I would say to Mr. Blair is stop toadying up to the Americans and listen to your own people, us, for once!" Tommaso Palladini, Milan Italy:  "You don't fight terrorism with a preventive war. You fight terrorism by creating more justice in the world."<p>Friedrich Schorlemmer, Berlin Germany:  "We Germans in particular have a duty to do everything to ensure that war - above all, a war of aggression - never again becomes a legitimate means of policy." 10,000 people in Toulouse France all chanted: "They bomb, they exploit, they pollute, enough of this barbarity."

Najjah Attar, a former Syrian cabinet minister: "The U.S. wants to encroach upon our own norms, concepts and principles...They are reminding us of the<br>Nazi and fascist times." A giant banner across The Wall of the Acropoli (Athens, Greece) - ``NATO, U.S. and EU equals War" Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon:  "Many people say we don't have options, but we do have options... The inspectors could be successful without a war."

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