About 100 students, most of them Montgomery Blair High School students, gathered at Four Corners in Silver Spring on Friday to protest a possible war in Iraq. They stood on the curbs with signs aloft:
DROP BUSH NOT BOMBS
NO IRAQI CHILDREN IN MY GAS TANK
WAR IS SO 20TH CENTURY
They cheered every supportive honk from passersby, of which there were many.
The rally was organized by Montgomery County Students for Peace and Justice, a coalition of student activists formed last month. The group followed up with an evening concert at the Washington Ethical Society and plans a countywide school walkout the day after war begins, if it does.
Some students opposed military action in Iraq on simplistic grounds ("I just hate war"); others had thought it through more.
"I don't think that the U.S. has the right to take unilateral action against Iraq, and I don't see that the presentation that Colin Powell made to United Nations is enough," said Blair student Eugene Gavrilov, a protest organizer. "Lives will be lost on both sides. If we stand up and protest, we think that our voices can make a difference."