A small group of people from Columbia and across the state braved cold and blustery conditions today to protest recent measures taken by the federal government – measures they say could lead to another conflict in the Middle East.
“Does the majority of people even know we could be going to war with Iran?” asked Thom Taylor, who held a sign that read, ‘War is not the answer.’
Taylor, 66, of Charleston, was one of about 15 who participated in the midday protest held at the Five Points fountain.
Chief among the concerns of the group was President Barack Obama’s signing of an executive order earlier this week to impose new, stricter sanctions on Iran and its central bank.
A former combat medic who had served in Vietnam, Taylor said he thought Americans were “sick of war.”
“It’s easier to stop something before it gets started than to try to get out of it afterwards,” he said.
Diane Chulick, a 60-year-old retiree from the Upstate, said she was concerned enough over the sanctions and other discussions that she drove down from Spartanburg to participate in the protest.
“Last time I heard the war drums beating this loudly was before the pre-emptive strike on Iraq,” she said. “I would hate to see us go down that path again.”
Chulick said she had heard about the protest on the website for the Occupy Spartanburg movement.
“What I’m hoping is that we increase awareness,” she said of the people driving by. “Perhaps now they’ll pay attention when the information becomes available on the news.”