By Anthony Kaufman | ReelPolitik March 18, 2006 at 7:20AM
Feeling depressed on this third anniversary of the United States' invasion of Iraq, which has already killed more than 2,300 American soldiers and over 33,000 Iraqi civilians, has created the biggest recruitment boost for terrorism the world over and destablized the entire Middle East?
If so, here are a few viral videos and Flash projects from across the web that should soothe your pain -- proof that protest and dissent is on the rise. Check out the following and then contact your congress people and tell them that the war has only made matters worse for the world and it's time to pull out of Iraq and come up with a new plan.
"We Will Not Be Silenced," -- a stirring Flash project inspired by Martin Luther King Jr., who called the United States “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world” in protest of Vietnam.
"Sit Down. Stand Up" -- a haunting music video of Radiohead's tune overlayed to visions of Iraqi children, shock and awe, and Congressional futlity.
"Iraq: The Musical" -- an acerbically funny Flash project with lyrics such as, "There is a place called Iraq, you know/ That's where you're goin' to go instead of college next fall./ Bodies in the sand; is that a piece of someone's hand?/ Shooting people in a foreign land, it's called Iraq, you know. That's where you're going to go."
I don't think they showed this clip on the Nightly News, but it sure warms my heart to see this anti-war protestor interrupting Condoleeza Rice's speech at a recent defense budget hearing. Watch as Condi perseveres, briefly shaken, but not stirred.
George Galloway -- Courtesy of IFilm comes this bracing political attack from Scottish Socialist politician George Galloway as delivered to U.S. Senators in a hearing about Iraq's oil-for-food program. From the speech:
"I told the world that Iraq, contrary to your claims did not have weapons of mass destruction.
I told the world, contrary to your claims, that Iraq had no connection to al-Qaeda.
I told the world, contrary to your claims, that Iraq had no connection to the atrocity on 9/11 2001.
I told the world, contrary to your claims, that the Iraqi people would resist a British and American invasion of their country and that the fall of Baghdad would not be the beginning of the end, but merely the end of the beginning.
Senator, in everything I said about Iraq, I turned out to be right and you turned out to be wrong and 100,000 people paid with their lives; 1600 of them American soldiers sent to their deaths on a pack of lies; 15,000 of them wounded, many of them disabled forever on a pack of lies."