Illegal, immoral and murder were just a few words used by anti-war protesters Sunday to describe American military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and, as of late, Libya.
About 50 protesters marched from Buckley Park to the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Depot and back.
Organized by local group Four Corners Peace and Justice, the march came on the eighth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.
Since October 2001, members of the group have gathered every Friday afternoon on Durango street corners to protest U.S. military involvement around the globe.
We need to stop financing wars of aggression, imperialistic wars really designed to control hydrocarbons, protest organizer Jim Fuge said. We need to care for each other and live within our means.
Durango resident Rachel Alder marched alongside her parents, Bob and Dot Alder of Pagosa Springs.
We have better things to do as humans than kill each other, Rachel Alder said.
Dot Alder said the last time she had marched in a war protest was in the 1970s to demonstrate against the war in Vietnam.
Were against the wars. I mean, what about jobs, health care and education? she said. But no, were pumping all of our money into wars.
Laurel Barton of Durango held a sign someone had given her that read health care, not warfare, though it was not the sign of her choosing.
If Barton had made her own sign, she said it would have illustrated the discrepancy between what the U.S. government spends on its military as opposed to what it spends on human needs, such as health care and education. Amid an economic recession, she said, these are wars we cant afford.
Politics aside, whether you believe in the war on terror or not, for the American people, it just comes down to money right now, Barton said.
Durango resident Gay Klingenberg said shes worried the Iraq War no longer receives the attention its due. She said Sundays march was, in part, to remind people that were still in Iraq after eight years.
People think because were anti-war that were anti-troops, she said. Thats not true. ... We support our troops.
Steve Davis of Mancos added, The best way we can support our troops is to get them out of there.
Davis, who carried a large, green peace flag, said America must change its ways, that the current wars abroad are unsustainable.
Durango residents Angie Ruth and friend Lynn Gray took a decidedly controversial position in support of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, the prime suspect in leaking hundreds of thousands of secret government documents to the website WikiLeaks.
Rather than an act of treason, they view his actions as a form of nonviolent protest to the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Donning a jacket spotted with peace buttons, Ruth is no stranger to the anti-war movement, despite coming from a family with strong military ties. To her, its simple there is no such thing as a good war.
War has never been the answer to anything. ... It is a purely murderous act, she said. If anybody wants to argue those points with me, they certainly could.
I believe in hugs.