Anti-war protest in Times Square

March 19, 2011 6:03:35 PM PDT
Even as the U.S. helped launch the allied missile attack on Libya, the country is marking the 8th anniversary of the war in Iraq.

As anti-war demonstrators took to the streets Saturday in Times Square, Libya and the United State's role there is definitely being debated.

Protesters chanted, "End the war now! Peace now!"

They came to mark the 8th anniversary of the Iraq war but what's happening in Libya was clearly on their minds.

"The U.S. military is currently spread so thin it can simply not afford to fight another war. We can not possibly. There are people in this country who don't have enough food to eat," anti-war demonstrator Elo-Mai Noormets said.

Roberto Rodriguez said, "Even though the president is claiming saving civilian lives, if Afghanistan, Vietnam and Iraq are any indication, we would probably create more civilian casualties than save them."

Still, some say the United States should be playing even more of a leadership role in the Libyan conflict.

Especially if we want to protect ourselves from the chaos that can become a comfort zone for al-Qaeda.

"I think we have to push Gadhafi to be out. It's not enough to just stop the military activity there is a possibility of chaos. al-Qaeda or al-Qaeda supporters coming in," Rep. Peter King/(R) NY said.

U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel joined the protesters. He said he's undecided on whether the military action against Libya is justified.

But he is angry that Congress was not consulted beforehand.